This past week has been expensive, not only have I replaced my broken camera with another Nikon D700, but purchased a new laptop and Hard Drives to store my ever growing library of images.
My usual workflow or process of backing up/archiving images is to shoot, upload to my mac, edit the images then burn to DVD. This is a sound method but with one major drawback, piles and piles of DVD’s.
To solve the problem of archiving and to reduce the stacks, I have enlisted the help of Aperture 3. Creating huge Aperture Image Library’s on portable hard drives like my new Western Digital 1TB Studio Passport Drives. The drives are super fast utilising Firewire 800 connections. I can now store a few hundred thousand images and then back up for extra security on my Desktop Western Digital 2TB Book Desktop Drive.
With everything now sorted into Aperture Library’s I can now index my images by date, camera, lenses used and much more, with the ability sync Library’s between my desktop and laptop. Aperture also works in Harmony with Photoshelter and iCloud allowing me to share albums with clients and create very quick proof pages for them to select images. Now feeling more organised I can concentrate extra time on organising photoshoots and marketing rather than the workflow cluttering my desk searching through the stacks of Dvd’s!
Whist sorting through my DVD’s I scanned more efficiently through my back catalogue and decided to retouch some archive images. The below photograph was Shoot in London back in 2010 from a punk girl band. I love the energy from this photoshoot, you can check out all the images on my Photoshelter Gallery.
I highly recommend to any photographer to organize their workflow and library’s more efficiently. Especially with an exhibition of my work planned for this year; I am scanning through my back catalogue for the exhibit stay tuned for more info on this in a few weeks.