Well since I’m not tired tonight, I may as well continue my rambling….
Now, on to pictures. First, I take a lot of photos. I mean a whole bunch. For example, on our recent vacation I took nearly 3000. There’s so many that I have to review and change how I handle them.
Pre-DSLR, I would take pictures and upload all of the non-blurry ones to the photo gallery. This worked great because there weren’t ever that many of them (some of you may disagree!), and the picture taking lag time was so great on the PnS that most of the photos ended up being documentary in purpose – recording events with no real creativity. So great, now I have one place for all of my photos to be kept and displayed. This one place was backed up, and life was simple.
Enter the DSLR and the world of mounting GBs of taken photos. I take pictures now that actually, in my opinion, have some creativity and aren’t just documentary in nature. So I now have two collections of photos – one for telling here’s what we did, here’s what happened and another for a more creative, photography kind. Which do I upload to the photo gallery? I want people to see the documentary stuff, but I also want my good pictures to be seen and not lost in the volumes of normal pictures. If I upload both sets, there’s just too many and even I won’t ever look at them on the web twice.
So the reality is that I have a massive and growing collection of photographs, a selective subset of which I upload for web viewing. The documentary type get put into a typical place in gallery, while the creative ones are put into Keeper sub albums or a completely separate album all together. But I’m not sure if this will work either. I think my good ones are going to get so strewn all over that they’ll just be lost.
Now that not all of my photos are online, I’ve had to start keeping all of them (good, bad, and ugly) on my hard drive. That presents its own challenges – namely, how the heck do I locate the two pictures of that lake, one edited and another the original, when they are named IMG_* and are two of ten thousand?! I now also need a backup/archive strategy for all of these. I don’t want to delete ANY of the images because, at this point at least, I can learn from all of them. I also don’t want to waste enormous amounts of space on my file server’s RAID backup array (or Jay’s either), yet I think I want that kind of reliability. I have an old tape drive and several tapes, that’s definitely an option.
I’ve started to get a handle on some of these problems, and I’ll elaborate soon. But since this is a new problem domain for me, I’m going to take things slow and hopefully end up with a good, usable process/method for all of this. And I’ll spill my brain here as much as possible. 🙂
Did anyone make it this far?