I have spent the last 40 years taking an average of 30 pictures a year with an inexpensive point and shoot camera. This made it very easy to organise the photos. One envelope each year was added to the space in the filing cabinet. The only sign of artistic flair was when I mistakenly used a roll of black and white film. Family members commented upon my expertise. I never told them that it was a mistake.
Upon my retirement at the beginning of 2013, I decided to see how I would go as an amateur photographer. This has led to my current predicament. How do I keep track of the 6,000 images that have built up over the last eighteen months while learning the bells and whistles of my new camera (including extra lenses, filters, batteries, memory cards, tripods, carry bag, etc.)?
This is where Adobe Bridge comes into play as a possible solution. There are other programs that you can use as well such as Picassa or iPhoto.
This brings us to the topic of work flow.
As you take more pictures with your camera, they soon begin to pile up. This is where the idea of a workflow comes in.
What is a work flow?
A work flow is simply a series of steps to follow from when you upload your pictures from your camera to your computer, the in between steps, and then producing lovely digital
and /or printed pictures.
Ben Long describes a typical work flow in his book Getting Started with Camera Raw:
- Transfer your imges.
- View and select them. This means giving the keepers a star rating in Bridge. It also means going through your images and deleting the ones that are crappy (A technical term meaning, blurred, out of focus, a shot of your fingers, etc.). This is where you are ruthless and cull your photos three times until the only ones left are keepers. Is this heartless? Yes! Is this necessary? Too right it is. Otherwise you wind up with several external 3 TB hard drives to hold all the junk photos that you should have gotten rid of. End of lecture.
- Process the selected raws with Adobe Camera Raw. These are global edits.
- Open in PS or PE and make local edits.
- Output to digital printing, email, website, slide show,