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How save photos

Archiving photos with criteria is the best way to easily find shots saving precious time and to secure important moments. For a photographer it is a discounted but delicate phase of workflow.

Raw and jpeg the differences between the two formats

The raw format, which we can define as a digital negative, contains all the data captured by the sensor during shooting and is saved on the memory card without undergoing any changes. This file will be developed with specific photo editing software and subsequently saved as jpeg / tiff for web publishing or printing. The post-production of these files allows to obtain excellent results even with under or overexposed images.

The jpeg format is a compressed file, which stores only a portion of information and already suffers a series of adjustments in the camera. There is not much room for intervention with post-production, it is a file ready to be published. Most photographers shoot in raw, often disregarding the compressed format, but it must also be said that in some areas such as sports photography or photojournalism it is essential to have the photos ready as soon as possible and in this case the jpeg is more suitable.

Excluding photographic works such as wedding services, which require high quality files, my advice, given the low cost of a memory card is to adopt the double saving option: raw + jpeg, especially in the travel case. This will allow you to intervene only on some images, those that you think will be worthy of an accurate development while the rest will be ready for archiving and will allow you to save space on your hard disk.

A small note on the SD, at the beginning we tend to save money and buy a little roomy. I have tried different types and at the end, after several tests, I found that the best are the SanDisk Extreme Pro. Modern cameras are increasingly demanding and create files of enormous size, so it is important to use SD lending if you want to avoid wait for a long time to load the image on the display and save the files on the hard disk.

Archiving of photos

You can opt for different solutions, the one I use is to create a folder for each category in the image folder. Within each of these I have created others by renaming them with the name (of the person, of the company or of the place) and the year.

Within the latter how and which files do I put?

– A folder where I immediately save the raw files directly from the memory card once the photo session is over. I also create a copy on an external hard drive. Make a first skimming by removing the photos that did not come well to preserve space.

– A folder where I will save jpeg files after they have been developed.

– A folder where I put edited jpeg files and selected for printing.

For each of these files I leave the progressive numbering assigned by the camera. Only in case I have to post the photos on the site, rename them with a keyword that reflects the content. This is for SEO, because search engines do not read images, but scan words. If you want to know more about the images for the web, how to resize them keeping intact the quality and how to publish them I suggest you to download the free guide in pdf. Summing up, this is the criterion by which you archive the photos “Folder images> category folder” (weddings, concerts, landscapes …)> folder with name person or event-year> raw folder, jpeg folder, press folder. A correct thing is to always keep a backup on an external hard drive.

Lightroom and Photoshop to develop images

After saving the raw files and making a backup, I import the photos into the Lightroom catalog. The question that many ask is: “how many catalogs do I use?”. “A single catalog weighs down and slows down the performance of the software?” No, before slowing down the system it takes thousands and thousands, and the free space on the disk must be less than 20%.

Use a catalog for personal use and create one for each photo shoot, it is correct, in this way, in case you should encounter a problem, you would lose the work of a single service and not all. Avoid throwing months or even years of work to the wind. For images that need more precise development from Lightroom to Photoshop.

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