What I have for you are two posts on the ‘softer’ side of digital photography: Photo Management and really basic Digital Post-processing. First up: Photo Management Ryan Style. My approach to photo management is a simple one being primarily a landscape photographer.

My photographs are organised first by year, then month, and then by event/outing. A well-defined event name is usually enough for me to remember what I shot that day. This method works for me as I know when I have been out with the camera and it allows me to see my progress throughout the year and where I would like to revisit. An example of my file system would be …\Pictures\2014\001_January\Llyn Y Fan Fach\CRW9999.jpg. I put the numbers before the month to keep them in calendar order rather than alphabetical. As I don’t get out with the camera as much as I would like, this method works well for me as I don’t have that many images to trawl through. If you are able to get out often with the camera then it might be worth looking at using software to organise and tag your photos; I believe Lightroom and Photoshop can do this. Tagging your photos will make it much easier to search through all your images quickly.

Within each event folder I create and ‘edited’ folder and save only those images I edit into that folder. This means that I will use a bit more hard drive space, but I will have the original RAW file available to re-edit from scratch should I feel the need. I do not change the file names either as that creates a lot of hassle when you want to find the original file. Every month I back up my photos to an external hard drive just in case my laptop dies. I am looking into online backup storage, but that’s for a different post.

Ryan