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My Workflow

I'm not the most organized person in the world (just ask my family), but when it comes to photography I like having things nailed down. This means creating a system that provides me with easy and well-organized access to my files and a rock-solid backup plan for peace of mind.

Importing into Lightroom

Before we move on to editing images, I want to give you a quick overview of how I manage images. I think the key to managing any image library is organization and backups. Here's a quick rundown of my management essentials:

  1. Use a simple folder system that's easy to navigate. I organize all of my images in one folder, labeled Pictures, and further group them into folders by year, then subject (as in Pictures>2011>Paris).
  2. Enter keywords before importing. I'm a big fan of using keywords to help find images easily, so enter as many relevant keywords as possible before you import into Lightroom.
  3. Import each raw image and convert it to DNG (Adobe's Digital Negative format). The benefit of this is having one archival-quality file.
  4. Pause before you delete images from your memory card. First make sure you have imported them correctly and have at least one good backup. I recommend making a second backup to an external hard drive or RAID device, like a Drobo.
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