Like Dan’s post I’ll post my migration plan / story here for all to see, discuss, provide feedback etc... I hope that this thread will prove some more information to those just starting a dam setup or too those who already have one and looking for alternatives.
(For reference I’m on the PC side here, Pentium 4 hardware and Windows XP.. sorry Mac guys
The old system... aka a hodge-podge of organization.
Well if you’re like me you save everything. I’m a pack-rat… I admit it I save everything. I have 3,4,5 versions of photos, most just temporary files. Is it organized... err well sorta. I would just put photos in folders that sort of had a structure to them like, Main category\ sub-category\ short description of the event or subject it was about. Then some other folders for the different type of files id create. Thou I have been doing better at organizing it just ant cutting it anymore.
Finding a photo... If a friend, family member or err a client! Called me up tomorrow and ask for a photo(s) from say 2 years ago. Id be like.. yah I’ll get back to you in a few days. I’d then have to go thru several DVDs, text, excel files to find the per said photo(s). hmm not good...
So enough of my babbling... the old system went like this:
(techy info, Pentium 4 3GHz(HT), 1GB of ram, (2) 120GB pata hard drives, 1 DVD-RW and 1 CDRW drives)
Backup… to DVD’s
ACDsee, BreezeBrowser, Neat Image, Photoshop CS2
The second hard drive held all the photos etc... example of directory structure goes something like this.Photos
. . Events
. . . VBPC 2005 Awards Banquet (notes, info files)
. . . ~org (original jpgs)
. . . p (derivative photos ready for print)
. . Family
. . . Gia's riding lesson (original jpgs and derivatives, print and web sizes)
. . Sports
. . Gym
. . 060302-04 Tyson American Cup (notes, info files)
. . 060302 (original jpgs by date)
. . 060303
. . 060304
. . 1 (first sort of good photos)
. . c (cropped images mostly from the directory above)
. . f (filtered images, noise removal)
. . p (print ready)
. . t (temp folder)
. . w (web size images)
Well some files where named P9053329.jpg(camera named), Some where 2004_1254.jpg. However, most of them id rename like this 060302_0002.jpg (YYMMDD_SequenceNumber.jpg)
. I’d reset the sequence number for what ever event or day I was shooting. Since I only shoot one event per day it’s worked out well.
My derivative photos or the photos I’ve work on in Photoshop would get a character added to the start of the file name to designate what type it was. Ex; p060302_0002.jpg would be a print ready file and w060302_0002.jpg would be a web size version.
1. Photos would be copied from the cf card to a dated folder(YYMMDD) under Photos\new folder.(ex; YYMMDD_SequenceNumber.jpg)
2. Create descriptive folder and subfolders under the subject for which they where shot.
3. Copy the files to the ~org or dated directory under the descriptive folder.
4. Add information files (event info, player /people list, score sheets etc…) to root event folder.
5. Rename photos and rotate photos for proper orientation.
6. Backup folder to DVD’s. if the folder was to big it fit on a DVD. I’d make subfolders for each DVD (ex; \1 , \2 )
7. Began sorting photos in ACDsee or Bridge.
8. Crop photos in Photoshop saving them to a crops folder. Batch processing would add a derivative character to the start of the file name and place it in a corresponding folder. (ex; Jobx\c\c060302_0002.jpg)
9. Run photos thru noise removal software (Neat Image) as needed. Photos saved to a filtered folder. (ex; Jobx\c\c060302_0002_f.jpg)
10. Work the photos in Photoshop with an action thru Batch processing. This would also add a derivative character to the start of the file name and place it in a corresponding folder. (ex; Jobx\p\p060302_0002.jpg)
11. More work in Photoshop for other derivative types as needed. Again the action and batch processing would add a character to the start of the file name and place it in a corresponding folder. (ex; Jobx\w\w060302_0002.jpg)
12. Backup the whole lot to DVD.
A mess hu.?.