I have a DSLR camera; D7100 to be exact. I originally purchased it, because I was fed up with all the point and shoot cameras out there and wanted control over my photos.
At this point, I'm wanting to figure out a good set up/workflow for my images to be processed. My wife and I both tend to take the photos and let them sit on the camera for awhile and once the estimated photos remaining hits around 30, we decided to offload the images to our system.
We shoot in RAW so the files are very large. I want the RAW photos to be:
- A master file in case we want to go back to a memory, or need to print out extras (after post processing)
- A file format that once we have a photo we'd like to print, we would post process the raw file (after copying, we never mess with the original file) and once post processing is finished we would then save it as a high resolution JPEG and send it off to our photo lab
Our setup is as follows 1. D7100 DSLR w/ 10GB SD cards 2. Synology NAS (external wifi shared drive for saving raw photos from our computer, this is where we archive all our RAWALPINDI photos) 3. MacBook Pro (2; one is my wife's and the other is mine)
So the process we currently have is:
- Take a bunch of photos until we are about to run out of space on our SD card
- Insert SD card into our computer and copy the RAW photos to our Synology NAS.
- A day or two, or a month or more passes, we want to work on some photos, as we want to send the photos in for printing
- We connect to the Synology NAS to look for some photos (these photos are huge so it takes forever to get a preview or even open them fully, this is why I'm writing this question)
- Once we have all the photos we want, we individually post process them in Photoshop and/or Lightroom.
- Export the photo and send them to our photo lab
The biggest issue of ours is really post processing. When it comes time to sort through all the photos to find the one we want, it takes a very long time over wifi, through a shared drive. I don't really want to keep the photos stored on my laptop, even though I have good backups, because I want my wife to be able to get them off even if in at work, so I like having them centrally located in our NAS. I'm sure locally it will be much faster , but wanted to avoid that if possible. Another idea I had was to purchase the same SD card and put it in the 2nd slot of the camera. The D7100 has the ability to shoot in RAW and process a JPG file to the other slot, so basically I end up with a single raw and a single JPG of the same file. This still doesn't some the workflow issue I'm having - I really want to know the best way to have a single point of access that is relatively fast , has access to the RAW files, and can be post processed. I have a bunch of ideas as you can see but wanted to see what other people have done with this.
Thanks in advance.