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While traveling, I downloaded my photos every couple of days and immediately backed them up onto a 500GB LaCie Rugged external drive, using an application called ChronoSync. My filing system is chronological, filing by year, month, and then camera model within each month. To assemble my slideshow, I browsed through all my Canon files in the August 2011 folder and color-coded the shots I liked best, using Photo Mechanic. Then I used another color to narrow the selection even further. Once I had all my favorites together, I edited the RAW files—as I mentioned earlier, I shoot RAW with the Canon, but I also capture JPEGs with the Leica and the iPhone—and then I made any color and levels corrections using Photoshop.

Next, I duplicated the resulting JPEGs into a new file dedicated just to this trip slideshow. Once all the files were together in one folder, I could sort in Photo Mechanic by capture time, adding a sequential number followed by an underscore and the original filename. (Renaming is also a feature of Photo Mechanic.) With this technique, despite have different filenames for each camera, they would always line up chronologically based on the sequence. To screen the slideshow I generally use Photo Mechanic, but working on a Mac I could use Preview or any slideshow-making application, like TalaPhoto or Soundslides.

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