After many years of collecting jpeg and tiff photos (and countless gif clipart, pdf files, and png files used for web design and archived documents), I've now turned to digital photography and have just realized the need to organize all my digital data. In the process I've accumulated CS2, Elements, iView MediaPro (just upgraded to ver 3), and I'm now experimenting with Lightroom. The problem is this...
I ran across discussions of the DAM book on the web and decided this might well provide the template of bringing order to my accumulated files - so I've ordered it. In less than a week I leave for a three week vacation in which I'll bring along the camera equipment and the computer gear. The book has just shipped today, but UPS estimates it will arrive after I've left
My question is this - what can I do for now until the book arrives? It seems that reorganizing the directory structure of the photo portion of my data can be done later. I could go through the RAW files and convert them to DNG. I could begin going through old photos and add keywords. I could also process RAW files (tweaking saturation, etc. in Lightroom or Photoshop). This and other activities would keep me busy and would not interfere with the later reorganizing (e.g. filenames, folder structure, etc.) that I would perform once I've read the book - at least I think I could do these activities without shooting myself in the foot.
What advice do you have? What can I safely do now without yet having an overview and details of the DAM philosophy? When I get back and read the book, I'll proceed to do all the other things I'll need to do. Thanks!