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!!!!