Digal Photography Workflow
June 23, 2006 6:34 AM Subscribe
What is your workflow for getting pictures off a digital camera, filed and to the state you want them in? Can you improve on mine?
posted by rongorongo to Computers & Internet (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I ask because - despite having some pretty good tools at my disposal - I still find the process long and convoluted; there must be a better way. I want to get the pictures onto my PC, name and file them appropriately, edit at least some of them and send them for online printing/display. I'm using XP but would be interested in Mac solutions.
Here is what I do at the moment:
1. Get the pictures off the camera with Windows own photo transfer system. I have a folder structure something like "2006/Summer Holiday" – the year and then the occasion. The photos in a batch usually don’t match an occasion - for example I may have taken some more pictures since I got back from the holiday - oh well. The photos are shifted over as jpegs.
2. Examine the folder contents with the view type set to "Filmstrip". At this stage I throw out any that look like obvious duds and give all the rest of them a name like "red_sunset.jpg" – and orient stuff the way I want it.
3. Open all the photos I am considering keeping with Photoshop (CS) to check detail and make edits. I guess I could have used this prior to this point but I find the app a little slow at the initial stages. Make any edits I require and (usually) over-write as a jpeg with a high quality setting  (I have heard that re-saving as a jpeg reduces quality but I guess I will live with that - actually the post edit file sizes are usually bigger than the originals).
4. Upload the images I want to print to the website (I am in the UK and use Photobox)
5. Maybe upload some images to Flickr for sharing.
Only Flickr lets me classify the images by multiple tags and I would really like to have something which would let me do this for my local file system. I have experimented with Picasa - I like many of its features but am a bit confused by its filing and editing systems. It also seems to be pushing me in the direction of its home grown sharing and printing services which I would rather not use.