Lesson 8 – Establish Your Workflow

James – before long, you’re going to start to accumulate lots of photos that were taken at different times, different places, and of different subjects.  Keeping them all organized is a major task that you’ll want to think about now as your photo collection grows.  To do that, you will want to establish your ‘workflow’ which includes all the necessary steps in getting photos from your camera into a safe, secure, and organized place.  So what do I mean by ‘workflow’?  When you take photos, they get stored inside your camera on a SD (secure digital) card.  When you’re ready, you’ll want to transfer those photos from the SD card onto your computer or some type of hard drive, storage device, or in the cloud.  Once they’ve been transferred, you’ll then need to organize them in a way that makes sense in case you need to access them at a later date.  And if you include any post-production process (more on this in a later post), you’ll need to include that in your workflow as well.  Finally, you’ll want to make a backup of your photos in case they get lost or corrupted.  So, in simple terms, a workflow includes all or some combination of the steps I just outlined.  I am more than happy to share how I do my workflow, but I think it’s important for you to think through all of those steps now with the tools you have (or will purchase later) as you keep your photo collection organized.  For me, I now have nearly 40,000 photos and I would be lost if I didn’t have some type of workflow process in place.  There are many many approaches on how to do workflow.  Just find what works best for you and establish it now before your collection grows.  Another lesson will be on its way in a few days.

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