Welcome to today’s installment of Tuesday Tiparooni! The topic I want to talk about this week is “How I Organize and Store My Photos.”
The first thing I want to say is that as a photographer, learning how to organize and store your photos correctly is one of the most important things that you need to do!
The last thing that you want is to go to a session, rock it, take tons of amazing photos, and then lose them…
My rule of thumb is to always have my photos uploaded, saved in their folder, and backed-up before I format my SD to clear it! I don’t want any mishaps!
With that being said, I want to share my exact process after I take photos at a session!
1. I import all of the RAW photos from my session from my SD card into Lightroom, creating a personalized folder for that exact session. This saves the photos to my computer, in my pictures folder, as well as in Lightroom so I can edit them.
2. I back-up the RAW folder of this session onto an External Hard Drive where I have a folder for RAW files and a folder for EDITS. You can get these on Amazon, Best Buy, Target, anywhere like that! I get large external hard drives so a lot of files will fit. Also, RAW files are very large and take up a lot of space!
3. I edit all of the photos and then export them into a separate personalized folder to my computer. After they are saved to my computer I back-up this file to my external hard drive as well into my EDITS folder.
4. From here, I upload all of the edited photos to an online viewing gallery for my clients, created in CloudSpot. this will house their photos for a select amount of time! At least 4-5 weeks, so they have a good amount of time to download the photos to their computer and/or devices, share them with friends and family, as well as buy prints if they would like.
That is my process! It works well for me and helps me stay organized as well as keeps all of my files stored safe and sound! I don’t delete any client photos off of my external hard drive, just in case a client needs their photos from a past session for any reason!
One other program that I use and that would work out really well for storing photos is Dropbox, which is an online media storage company. They offer different subscription plans, depending on how much storage you need. I use Dropbox for sharing files outside of my online viewing gallery, CloudSpot, and it works great.
Alrighty! There you have it! My process for organizing and storing photos!
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