About 2 ½ - 3 years ago I was shooting JPEG with my Canon Digital Rebel and using iPhoto. At the time I was outgrowing iPhoto and also experienced an HDD failure. I lost a couple of months of photos (due to out-of-date backups) and have been hyper-critical of photo storage/backups ever since. This is where The DAM book (1st edition) entered… I needed to get setup fast and I adopted the ImageIngesterPro (IIP)/Bridge (CS3)/iView Media workflow Peter outlined in the book.
I’ve been using this workflow, but it just doesn’t quite suit what I need I don’t think. I suspect that I’m over-complicating this for how I need to work. Here’s the details:
We have two cameras in the family. Primary is now a Canon 7D, shooting RAW (CR2) (used to be a Digital Rebel [original] shooting CRW). Secondary is a Canon PowerShot SD200 (obviously shooting JPEG).
We shoot mostly “snapshots”, family events, vacations, etc. I aspire to do more, but just don’t have time.
My primary machine is a late-2009 iMac. My working files are internal. The primary archive and backup/offsite drives are externally connected via FW. I have an old PowerBook which I occasionally use remotely, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to cut it anymore moving forward (it’s likely to get replaced with a MacBook Pro at some point though).
As for image “destinations”, regardless of image type (raw or jpeg) there are three primary places:
1. Print 4x6/4x5.3 via “photo lab” for my wife to put in albums
2. Best images (most likely aligning with those which are selected to print) are uploaded to online photo service for sharing
3. Occasionally print at home via consumer grade ink jet printer
4. This goes without saying… Archive/Catalog “most things” (i.e. that which wasn’t rejected/deleted during workflow) for future review/printing/etc
Some other points:
1. I don’t really make use of Photoshop today to do any post-processing above what happens in ACR (via Bridge).
2. Volume of photos is very sporadic. For family events, there’s a moderate amount. For vacations, it can be several hundred, up-to 1000 or so.
3. I’ve never had a good feeling of how raw and jpeg handling flow together (or don’t).
4. I’d like to revisit my older images and get them better organized/cataloged. This includes my pre-HDD Failure images (all jpeg) and my mix of raw/jpeg images since then.
5. Video… I’ve got a stack of non-HD DV tapes I need to work on and with the 7D, I’ve now got video capabilities (which I don’t use today, but I’m sure I will at some point soon)
My challenge and why I’m here today…
My 7D raw format isn’t supported with CS3. Therefore, I need to do something to address that. Here are my options as I see it:
1. Convert to DNG on IIP ingestion and continue with my current workflow (except don’t convert to DNG after leaving Bridge)
2. Upgrade to CS5 and continue with my workflow
3. Change to a new application (Lightroom/Aperture) and new workflow
I’m strongly considering option 3 (in particular Lightroom). Here’s the two options I’m considering for a workflow (and I’m in the process of testing):
Workflow A would be to essentially follow the “Batch Output Workflow” outlined at dpbestflow: http://dpbestflow.org/node/308#workflow
Workflow B is very similar to A. Where it would likely differ is that I already own (and use) IIP. I could continue to use IIP to perform the ingest, then just point Lightroom at the landing zone.
I could extend further and catalog with EM2, but I’m inclined to believe that adding EM2 will unnecessarily complicate my workflow.
Finally, the request for help…
First, what have I forgotten to mention that you want to know?
Second, what are your thoughts and recommendations?
Third, how does JPEG (from P&S) fit in this?