Article Updated: October 24th, 2016; My Photo workflow has not changed but some of me gear has.
I take a lot of photos. In fact, I take photos pretty much every day. It’s easy for the amount of photos to become overwhelming. It took me a few years to really get a grasp on how I want to organize them and keep them ready for editing. Now that I have a plan, I have implemented it on my current photos and am slowly going back to my older photos so that some day, every thing will be consistent.
First, let’s talk about what cameras I shoot with, then we’ll delve into how those get organized. I am including links to Amazon so you can check out some of the cameras yourself along with the reviews. I am an affiliate with Amazon which means that if you see something shiny and interesting while you are over there, I may get a small commission from the purchase. If you aren’t in need of anything, I recommend going over with the firm thought to just focus on each of the cameras and the reviews. It helps me to have a goal in mind when I visit Amazon.
The Photo Gear I was Using in 2014
The Photo Gear I Use in 2016
I use the following cameras in addition to the cameras mentioned above. I love collecting camera bodies and hope to add to my analog collection.
My PhotoWorkflow from Camera to PC
Once I have shot my photos, I import them to my lap top. With the digital camera, it’s easy to do. I use Drop Box to automatically import any photos taken by my tablet. I make sure to clear drop box out once a month. The analog prints take a little more effort. I get them processed at a local one hour photo lab. I then need to scan them so that I have a saved digital print in case something happens to the original. I will use the original photo on my layouts. I don’t edit the analog prints very often. Analog film prints have a unique feel to them. Often, people try to edit their photos to achieve the look that an analog print has. If you have used instagram, for example, chances are you have used a filter. Most filters are based upon effects achieved with analog cameras.
Digital prints are edited in Photoshop. I use PSE 12 with the Totally Rad Labs application to edit all of my digital prints. I am becoming a better photographer. However, When I first started shooting, I made a lot of mistakes. I still want to use those prints I took when my son was younger, so I use PSE and Rad Lab to compensate for my early errors.
I store my photos in folders with the following flow: year, month, day or theme, then single photos. I have begun to write journaling in the names and data associated with those pictures. Writing the journaling helps when it comes time to create a scrapbook layout. Once I create a layout, I add the word ” scrapped” to the folder. I am less likely to scrapbook an event twice unless I purposefully choose to do so.
Not all of my photos are labeled in this way. I only began using this system fully last year. So I go through and work on older files in short spurts. Relabeling all of the older files would feel daunting. Working on a few at a time each week makes it feel like a more doable project.
Having an established photo work flow makes it easy for me to store and then scrapbook my stories. Do you have an established work flow for your photos?