End of the Year: A Time to Review

Annually at this time of year I examine the images I have captured, how my work might have improved and what I need to do to ensure that my libraries are up to date and properly backed up.

This afternoon, I completed the first and I think the most laborious aspect of my review – sorting, discarding rejects and moving my working files into my master library. Last summer at Image Explorations I took a course in Lightroom 5 and have successfully employed several ideas I learned. The most important and time saving idea for me was to maintain a working file of recent work on my desktop. Rather than importing them straight to my Lightroom library I imported them into a file called “Initial Lightroom Upload” which I keep on my desktop.

With the files on my desktop, I am able to  sort, rate, discard and edit my images wherever I travel. This week I moved all of those files onto the external drive where my Lightroom master library is housed.

The instructor of the Lightroom 5 course, Aura McKay, had very strong advice regarding backups. If the backup file is not in a different location than the master file it is not a backup. Having a backup located in the same building as the master file is potentially dangerous. So, I now have two backup external drives. One is next to the master drive. If it crashes I can quickly switch to the backup. However, my second back up drive is stored in a safety deposit box well away form my home where my master library is located. It is a Western Digital Passport 2T drive. I’m now confident that my hard work is properly protected. And now the fun begins.

With my files now properly located I have begun to examine my images. I find this to be an interesting process especially when I have not looked at many of my images for many months. I see possibilities in images that at first glance I did not.

I expect that this process will take awhile. I’ll play with images. Perhaps I’ll experiment within the capabilities of Lightroom or I might move an image into Photoshop and even try plugins form Nik Software and Topaz Labs. I could get way out there and work with some images in a Corel Paint program. It will be a creative, fun time.

The images I have included with this my last blog article of 2014 are some my favorites. Enjoy and best wishes for a very happy New Year!!!!

Rotten piling in the inner harbour in Victoria, B.C.

Rotten piling in the inner harbour in Victoria, B.C.

Chinatown in Victoria, B.C.

Chinatown in Victoria, B.C.

Early light at Cowichan Bay, B.C.

Early light at Cowichan Bay, B.C.

Fishing boats at Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

Fishing boats at Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

Colourful float home at Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

Colourful float home at Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted in Education, My Work.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*