Now that you have asked the right questions, figured out your purpose and defined your photography workflow steps, what do you do to make everything more efficient ? Is there something extra to be done to tie everything together in a nice and smooth process ? While I believe that there is nothing you can do to eliminate hard and repetitive work, there is one thing you can do to make all that hard work…easier.
Optimize each step of your workflow so that it helps the other steps.
This is the strategy, this is the important thing…this is it! What do I mean? Well, some steps in the STORE workflow can be made much simpler if certain things have already been done properly in previous steps. In other words, you always have to think ahead how your actions in a particular step will affect the other steps. This is true with any workflow, you can always improve the entire workflow if you think about things you can do in a particular step that impact the rest of the steps.
Simple things can have a dramatic impact.
Here are some examples of the things I do that help my workflow move pretty smoothly.
- When Shooting pictures it helps a lot in the Organize step if you set the date on your camera correctly (duh).
- Also, if you set your camera to create a separate folder for each day of shooting that will also help you later when you Transfer your pictures to your computer.
- When Transferring pictures use the automatic renaming of the picture files and folders to match your folder structure.
- Apply tags in an organized manner. Think in terms of domains of tags, or categories of tags.
- Organize your folders so that you can backup your pictures frequently.
Hard work not always required
Any photographer whether a beginner or professional will tell you that the larger their photography collection gets, the harder they have to work to maintain that collection. The repetitive nature of transferring pictures, editing them, cropping them and saving them in different formats will not change no matter what we do. However, as I have explained above, I do believe that if you keep in mind all the steps in your workflow as you step through each phase, this will help you make them flow together.
Essentials for organizing your digital photosOver the years I have come to rely on only a few products for managing and backing up my large media collection. These are my essential products and services I have been using for many years to keep things organized and safe. Even though these are affiliate links, I wholeheartedly recommend them.
I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.
Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.
In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.
If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.