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The key is adding some specific tags every time you import. I use Aperture (which is Mac-only,) but Lightroom has similar capabilities, as does iphoto. What you need to tag depends on what you shoot, and what you think you might be looking for someday, but this works for me: The people in the pictures. I use Apple's "Faces" feature to tag people in the ...


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Photographic workflow applications such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple's Aperture provide this sort of history as a built in part of their functionality. When you edit a RAW file in these, no changes are ever made to the original image. Instead, they are saved as 'instructions' separately. Thus, you can see a history of all changes made, and with a click ...


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I am an amateur photographer going semi-pro and even though I still only use RAW I have come across a few occasions where RAW+JPEG was needed (or at least would be a great convenience): ready to email files (like @rowland-shaw wrote) - some times you need to get your photos out there as fast as possible lite photo files to browse through - given that your ...


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A photographer that claims an image is complete after taking the picture, is like a doctor saying you are healed after diagnosing your illness - it requires treatment. Use the example of film. Back in the day you used to select your film stock, chemicals, chemical process, paper stock, cropping, and printing methods. These all had huge effects on the ...


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Adobe Lightroom is one application which a lot of professional photographers would use both for reviewing large quantities of images, and also for doing some initial post-processing. A lot of photographers these days find they rarely use Photoshop anymore, finding Lightroom very powerful in it's organising and post-process abilities. From it's conception, ...


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I'm not sure I ever have images I truly don't care about at all. I'm always for keeping them or against keeping them, at least. My System I use stars and flags in Lightroom: Reject: Photos I will be deleting as soon as I complete the current pass, if I'm at home. I defer deletion when I am working away from home on a laptop. I wait until I have merged ...


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Programs like Picasa, iPhoto, ACDSee, are pretty much all most people need. They let you sort/manage your photos in a way that lets you find them again, either by searching (e.g. for keywords you've added) or just sorting them in a way that makes sense to you. It's a big step up from having a bunch of folders of badly named photos on your hard drive. ...


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One big workflow benefit is that you're in a single application. Importing files, performing file management, keywording, editing, publishing, and printing can all be done from a single interface. In some cases you're literally one key press in moving between modules.


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Maybe Photoshop Lightroom is a good answer for this. Especially because of the tagging functionality...


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There are several features that I think are just awesome in one or the other. Depending on your needs, one of these features will make you (usually + some other things) go towards Picasa or Lightroom. Lightroom: Integration with other Adobe product (Photoshop, InDesign, etc) More sophistication in editing (somewhere in between Picasa & Photoshop) ...


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For a free option, have a look at Google's Picasa. It allows you to sort your images via folders and tags, and easily upload them for sharing. It can be found here: http://picasa.google.com/ It also has rudimentary editing options, but I'd recommend Lightroom if you want a decent processing program. Conor's right, it's far from free at ~£250, but you can ...


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In the RAW+JPEG workflow, JPEG is what you shoot for. RAW is the safety net. The primary benefit or JPEG is not smaller files (that's the second), it is that JPEGs are actually images. Images have advantages over RAW files, already mentioned by others: quick preview, ready to email, no processing required, etc. Once the shot is taken you are done if you did ...


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Gear: Battery check (this is done the night before to give time to charge). Lens check. Since I'm mobile with my gear, I give a little thought to what lenses I should pack with me. Flash check. Will I need a fill flash? Bag check. Will I want my shoulder bag, or my camera backpack? Memory card check. Do I have enough memory cards? RS strap. Is my strap ...


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My solution for this was to purchase Lightroom. My reasoning: Lightroom's workflow is an awesome solution for this problem. It's not too expensive (certainly not cheap either though). It's a one time cost that saves be a lot of time. Details... Lightroom allows you to run through and flag your images (Yes/No/Unflagged) using keyboard shortcuts, so I ...


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Personally I would say no , do not import back into Lightroom. As you say - you have the originals. And Lightroom does show you by default the 'latest version', so effectively, what you have exported. Just with the option to go back, edit, change, etc.. What I do is have a Lightroom Exports folder with my exported JPG files. I do not clear this out ...


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Not at all. Lightroom is a great tool with many well-integrated features. Version 4 which is roughly half the price of previous one adds maps, book publishing, soft-proofing to the already useful organization and processing tool. The organization tools are probably worth the price alone and the export feature is the best one I've seen. So what if I don't ...


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One thing you might try is asking them to show you an example of a great photo that hasn't been "'shopped". If you define it as any photo that wasn't exactly as it appeared when the shutter was actuated, they probably can't. Just as the decisions made in the darkroom had a great effect upon the finished product in the film era, the decisions made at the ...


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While Photoshop+Bridge generally offer the same capabilities, Lightroom is packaged and designed in such a way that all those capabilities are far more accessible. In Photoshop, you don't have at-hand access to the histogram, tone curve, white-balance (color balance), and exposure tools all at once. There are a wide variety of other photography-related tools ...


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Adobe's XMP metadata standard supports information defined by the Metadata Working Group (MWG), which includes a definition of how to store face tagged data. See: Adobe XMP: http://www.adobe.com/products/xmp/standards.html MWG: http://www.metadataworkinggroup.com/ where you can click on the specifications, download the PDF, and then look at page 51 ...


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In addition to the obvious things like keywords, I use a metadata preset in Lightroom to automatically add my name, contact information, website URL, and copyright information to every photo as it is imported. Proving copyright infringement is significantly easier if you have contact info in the metadata, since most infringers aren't savvy enough to remove ...


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What about using an Eye-Fi wireless SD card?


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I shoot JPEG + RAW because my camera produces really good JPEG output. It has flexible control over tone curves, color, and contrast. I'm not usually interested in producing HDR-compressed images — in fact, I often prefer a high contrast look which reduces dynamic range. If I get the exposure and other settings right, I really don't benefit much from RAW. ...


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It sounds like you're fighting Lightroom's natural workflow a bit. Here's my suggestion, which is pretty close to a "standard" workflow for Lightroom: Import your RAW files. As part of the import, you've got the option to move the files to another location -- that would be your external drive. Following the import, then, Lightroom knows about your ...


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There is not. IPTC, another image metadata standard, also does not contain a "People" field. There's a Contact field, but that is used for contact information for the photographer. Most people I know will store people as keywords. The main debate is whether or not to include spaces (would a photo of me be tagged as aaronhockley or as "aaron hockley"?). ...


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It doesn't make a lot of sense to organize photos by something that is already in the EXIF data, like the date the photos were taken. I organize my photos in folders by event/location. The most important thing is to make sure you tag as much as possible when you import. The chances of going back later to tag are basically nil, so you need to make sure to do ...


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I'm a fan of Adobe Lightroom - its way of working seems to fit my mental model so I find it fairly natural to use. That does depend on you tagging the photos with appropriate metadata of course and not everyone thinks the same as me, so you may not get on with it. Picasa has matured nicely over the years and has a nice "face finder" that does a pretty ...


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The answers per criterion: In LR go through the photos in the Library module with the Loupe view using the arrow keys. Hit X when you want to discard a photo. To keep the discarded photos from the list click the left and middle flag in the filter bar. I've added a screenshot showing the location of the buttons: This hides the discarded photos from the ...


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If you don't want to pay for Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture, you could go with Apple's iPhoto or Google's Picasa. I'm most familiar with iPhoto; it does a fair amount of hand-holding when it comes to organizing photos. Smart Albums are really nice; you write the filter logic, and iPhoto shows you the matching photos on an ongoing basis. Works wonders for ...


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I typically take three shots, 1 1/2 or 2 stops apart, and then process in photomatix pro followed by cleanup in Lightroom. That seems to work fine for most of what I do.


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Recently, I've been exploring Exposure Fusion as an alternative to HDR. I've lost a lot of interest in HDR processing to improve photographs that can't be captured in a single photograph due to the amount of meticulous and very careful effort required to properly tone-map the extensive dynamic range of an HDR image into the far smaller dynamic range of a ...



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