Digital Photography

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Saving to CD as a Part of Workflow

Saving to CD should be part of your workflow with digital images.

As soon as you have the images on the computer some save all - some edit - go through and throw all the ones they deem worthless then save to CD.

CD seems to be the most popular choice at the moment as they are deemed more stable than DVD but as technology changes that will too. As we move to RAW and the huge image files DVD becomes more viable.

How important are your images to you? this is very personal - and financial -

Burn 1 CD of originals ( digital Negative ) then burn a tweaked, worked over CD.

Some will burn 2 CD's of each - and make sure they have 2 different brands of CD. ( So if they run into a bad run of CD's they still have images on a different brand of CD ) There are cheapy - to expensive CD's - some sold as archival and guarenteed.

After burning a CD it is a good idea to make sure it reads - by opening it in a computer - a different computer than it was burned on is a good idea.

What file type to save in:

JPG - is pretty universal and will open in the most applications. - BUT - it is a compression file and does a bit of compressing every time you save.

TIF - Doesn't compress - widely used.

Other file types - may be propritary - will only open in the same software they were generated by. Raw files may have different file extensions - saving files in their raw format is desirable but keep the propriaty thing in mind - especially as the years go by and technology changes.

Then there are the how to mark CD's questions - Sharpie just came out with a special CD marker - I number my CD's on the clear circle around the middle hole. I store mine in the slim cases in a box that holds them standing up.

Some store the second copy at work, bank, with family in another location.

With all these CD's how do you find a certain picture when you need it? I file by date - but some people file by event - Whatever works for you. Some people print contact sheets - but I found that combersome so now I usually have a pretty good sense of the date so I just pop in the CD and look through the thumbnails.

The best thing is to come up with a workflow that works for you - AND THEN DO IT. It's sad when a harddrive crashes - or a backup system fails and someone looses a year or two's worth of photos.


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