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What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

Your DSLR can do it in about 5 seconds each. You need a tripod, a piece of glass and a decent light. Try to come up with a way to work at table height. Aim the camera straight down. Put a flat board ...
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How do I keep track of many, many clients in a single shoot (like a school portrait day)?

I'd use a pad of paper or a whiteboard, let them write contact info on it with a marking pen, and take a photo of each person holding it during their photo shoot (like a mug shot). That's what I did ...
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What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

For large collections (in the 1000s) outside services can be very expensive. Especially if you: A) want decent quality, B) don't want them shipped to another country for cheaper processing, and/or C) ...
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What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

An alternative... If you have considered Sherwood Botsford's answer and it seems like a lot of work...well, you are not wrong, especially for larger archives. Consider finding a service to do this ...
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Is it better to continue shooting in JPEGs instead of RAW if you are not planning to do post processing?

"Better job" is subjective. We certainly get lots of questions like Why does this camera generated JPEG look better than the software generated one? Why do RAW images look worse than JPEGs in editing ...
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How do I keep track of many, many clients in a single shoot (like a school portrait day)?

Most cameras allow an image review mode immediately after shooting, and some let you choose to display info overlaying the image, including the image number or file name. Have each person fill out a ...
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What is pixel peeping and why do some people say should I avoid it?

What is pixel peeping? Pixel peeping can be defined as magnifying an image until individual pixels are perceivable by the viewer. Pixel peeping may also be defined as magnifying an image on a monitor ...
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Is it better to continue shooting in JPEGs instead of RAW if you are not planning to do post processing?

In addition to what the other answers have already stated: There may be specific shooting situations that you encounter on a regular basis that would benefit from batch converting raw files after the ...
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How do I keep track of many, many clients in a single shoot (like a school portrait day)?

Photograph the form just before the person. It doesn't have to be high quality, just readable. Optionally, have some other bookend at the end of that client's shoot, like a blank sheet, black card, ...
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How do I keep track of many, many clients in a single shoot (like a school portrait day)?

Will these be paying customers? The last conference I was at, the photos were posted publicly on Twitter. Obviously, the people being shot were not the customers. The conference was the main ...
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Use DateCreated for DateTaken (CreationTime) on a PNG using ExifTool

As long as you have the filename set as you mention, the command you want to use is exiftool "-PNG:CreationTime<Filename" FileOrDir As @cmason mentions, PNG doesn't support the EXIF standard. ...
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How to look back on 10 years of photography?

After years of photography you can look back on your work thematically and discover periods or area’s in your development as photographer. I think this is interesting to document. Once you find “...
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How to create a secondary black & white batch and preserve original color batch in Lightroom

I think the best way is to select all the photos that you want to duplicate, and then in the Library view, create a new collection. On creating a collection, you can choose to add selected items to ...
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Methods (mechanics) to select a set of pictures from large amounts

The process you are describing is commonly referred to as culling images. Any modern photo editing suite will have features to help you accomplish this far more efficiently than a standard file ...
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Is there an alternative to Apple's Photos application without a single library file?

I used to use Mac's Photos application, but I don't like the fact that it's generating some huge Library file which might get corrupted and without mac I can't access my images. Frankly, I think you'...
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What properties of an image could be used to programmatically discard it as "bad"?

A reasonable answer to this would be "it depends" (another perspective is to "battle a little against the idea of objective metrics") I'd recommend consulting this chart to determine how long you ...
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Photographing people at work: What is your workflow for being invited or getting access?

The truth is that you're not going to get very far without arranging something with someone but there may also be some other limitations other than the initial arrangement. How to get access Phone ...
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Is there photo analysis software which will pre-sort images by identifying potential technical problems?

This is pretty easy to do if you can write in Python. Here's a good article on using an open-source computer vision package to detect overall picture blurriness: https://www.pyimagesearch.com/2015/...
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What colour space does Adobe Lightroom use in the Develop Module?

1) I have never seen any official information, but various people close to the LR development team indicated at numerous occasions that LR is internally using color space that they named Melissa, ...
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What's a typical Lightroom + Photoshop workflow for "normal" postprocessing?

First, understand there is no "normal" post processing. You can spend hours on one image and use a dozen tools to achieve what you desire. Or you could convert from RAW to JPEG and call it a day. If ...
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How to set up correct color profile in Windows?

The question is very broad and probably beyond the scope of an answer here. Entire books have been written regarding points 1-5 of your question. It seems that all of that is really just a long ...
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Is there any benefit to RAW+JPG being two separate files on Nikon?

I expected that this would cleverly embed the JPG within the .NEF file structure so I could handle them as a single unit. When you record a raw file, the camera almost always embeds a jpeg preview ...
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Is there a known practice of post-processing to make a finished photo while viewing a subject?

It's not exactly the term you are specifically looking for, but looking for information about tethering will get you in the right track. I'm not aware of any generally used term to describe tethering ...
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How do you organize your photos before you shoot them?

The camera is a very poor tool for organizing photos, even if your camera did have a way to name folders it would have been painful to use because of the small screen and no keyboard. But you can ...
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What is the simplest way to consolidate a photo library that is spread across several hard drives?

Well, it might not be the most elegant solution but I did it this way: copied all pictures from every source into a single device, even if they were duplicated for the pictures in the OS X photo app, ...
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Method to balance very minor exposure changes over time?

In your case you are adding artificial lighting into the mix and that seems to be where the vast majority of the flickering is coming from. Some light sources powered by alternating current can vary ...
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What techniques or tools can be used to show that a UFO or cryptid has been manually added to an image on a web page?

People sometimes post images showing alleged UFOs, cryptids, or other unusual content. Are there techniques or tools can be used to conclusively show that the UFO/cryptid/etc has been manually added ...
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How do I keep track of many, many clients in a single shoot (like a school portrait day)?

What you're doing is similar to what the photographers at places like theme parks do. They just give the customer a slip of paper with the shot number and any other necessary information, to be ...
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Issues with Adobe Lightroom Library vs Develop modules

It looks from your example images as though it could be a colour management issue. Lightroom uses different colour spaces for the Library and Develop modules, as explained here. (Key excerpt below) ...
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What is the correct workflow for Nik collection (with free tools only)

Your assumption is mostly correct. The Nik tools have what could most politely be described as an 'awkward' workflow when used without Photoshop and Lightroom. The key difference is that any ...
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