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| p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · What's your process for storing archiving photos? |
I keep the RAW and any processed saved versions as well. I have often gone back years later and reprocessed images again...and I'm always glad I've kept the RAW.
I originally organized my photos by camera body, then by subject, which turned out to be sort of dumb once I started carrying multiple bodies. When I switched to Micro 4/3, I lumped them in "micro 4/3". Now, I have two LR catalogs of my earlier photos, one with my Canon shots and one with my m4/3 shots. So, last year I made a new Lightroom Catalog for 2012, and I just started my 2013 Catalog. This keeps the catalogs relatively manageable, so they don't start bogging down due to size (originally, my LR catalog was over 100,000 images, which started getting slow...I split that into two smaller ones, and my 2012 catalog ended up around 25,000 images).
So now, I categorize thusly: Year -> Subject type -> Date.
Sometimes subject gets broken down...for instance, my 'location' photos, be it travel or around town, are broken down further. If I take shots today in my hometown, they'll go into the following heirarchy: 2013\USA\Columbus\2013-01-08\
The dates are done automatically by Lightroom, so I just point it at the USA\Columbus folder. Shots of my daughter go in their own folder, then I have things like: Family, Macro, Misc, Shots of gear (mainly for my blog), abstract, etc.
Then, after I import, I go through all the images and star all the 'keepers' with higher stars for most favorite images, though most just get one star...then I can filter my 'keepers' very quickly if I need to find an image. I should keyword, but I usually don't.
All of these images are kept on a single 2TB hard drive, which currently is about 85% full. When I reach saturation, I'll probably move the pre-2012 photos to a different drive, and then my 2TB drive should be good for another few years. I backup EVERYTHING photo wise to CrashPlan (it automatically starts uploading to the cloud as soon as I import), so I have an off site copy of all my photos within a day of import. I also have an external hard drive I use to make local backups, and when I fill my external, I bring it to work, so I have all my photos from January 2011 and earlier at work as well. Then, each year, I make an export of all my 'keepers' and burn them to blu-ray discs and bring those to work too, so I generally have 3 copies of my photos at all times in case of a HD crash or fire.