I’ve been very good about my workflow and making sure that all new images have been catagorized and put in my computer system for easy retrieval, but what about all the previous work I’ve done? well, read on….
I’ve got 15 years of landscapes alone to go thru, scan slides, edit the best ones and work on some of the digital images I had before.
One of the great advantages to this is the software I now have and better skill at using it . I’ve mostly always shot my stuff in RAW format because I was afraid of screwing up sure there would be better ways of working with image files, than what was available at the time.
Oddly enough, the biggest problem I face isn’t quality of photographs and fixing things up; it’s organizing all of them into a database I can live with.
One of my friends mentioned a book he was reading about business. The gist of it was this: organize your business like someone new has to run it.
The truth is, aside from appointments or jobs to be done recently- I’ve been pretty good about keeping things organized! But as far as older work, well….let’s just say I never looked the elephant in the room in the eyes!
I do a fair amount of exhibits and displays – It’s time to revisit the archives and “tag” them like I do the new stuff- we call this being lucky to find one in focus “stock assets”.
I’m just like everybody else out there- It’s overwhelming at first, but no one else is gonna do it for me. And if I can’t find it, how could anyone else?
Assistant: Joe from ______ called, he wants to know if you have any photos he can use in a brochure. He want’s images from the Potomac Valley in Winter, do you have any?
ME: I sure do, they’re in the drawer labeled ” back up CD’s”
A: The one with all the cd’s in sleeves that have the dats only written on them?
ME: Yeah, those are the ones- I’m sure there are a few good ones I took around 2002, look for the ones burnt on the Maxell CD’s
A: Look for an new assistant, cause I quit!
Sooooo that being said- I’m sure I’ll find some “ghosts in the machine” and run into stuff I’ve done wrong I can use as an example that may help some one else organize there files.
Wish me luck, cause here I go……