Why me, why now?
When digital cameras became available, I had an inkling that I’d be overwhelmed by the workflow issues ahead of me, so I avoided switching to digital and continued using my film camera.
About two years later, I began travelling as a photographer. I took the plunge and bought my first digital SLR camera. As expected, my workflow was terrible – I was sending duplicate backup DVDs home and had a badly managed filing system on my hard drive where I couldn’t find images easily. Every part of the file management process was a drag and taking me away from what I loved to do – to take photos. I felt I had entered a digital Dark Age.
Frustrated, I focused on developing the best way to manage my work, which was revolutionised when the program Adobe Photoshop Lightroom appeared on my radar.
By 2009, I was travelling around the world and working successfully in digital photography. As a traveller, I needed to be a lightweight when it came to the equipment side of photography.
I was using one laptop, one camera body, and one lens. At a professional level, I was shooting, presenting to clients, sending files to my Australian lab for printing, and working online to make books and blog about my progress.
After talking to friends and clients, I’ve discovered that most enthusiast and beginner photographers are still back in my digital Dark Age, overwhelmed by the volume of images and lack of order. I remember that feeling and how paralysing it was for my enjoyment of photography. I also remember the feeling of total control I had over my workflow once I had a reliable system up and running.
I have developed a practical working system to manage my photos on my computer, adjust my favourites into optimal quality, and create prints, photo books, slideshows, and a blog, with seamless simplicity. I believe that our children deserve to inherit their childhood in photographs, without having to sift through a digital hard drive mess. In my book ‘Memories at your fingertip s- organise your digital photos like a pro’ you will learn how easy it is to create photo legacies to enjoy on a daily basis and to hand down to future generations.
In the next post, we’ll get started.
Excerpt from Memories at your fingertips – organise your digital photos like a pro.