03. Managing digital image files

Properly managing your files is crucial to ensure an easy workflow and to ensure that you can always find a specific image or edit again in the future. Karl explains in this chapter the options available and how to best store your images. Plus, he also covers how to back up your image files giving you peace of mind that your files are safe and secure.

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  1. Actually I love this topic of file management. The use of robust systems and processes for storing and backing up images is a science on itself, and as an engineer my gears start grinding to find optimal solutions šŸ˜šŸ˜. Iā€™d love to hear more about the subject!

    1. Hi Kryn, so far this process has seemed the most reliable to me as it has two main points of reference, the top level client alphabetically, the project and the date. Generally speaking I can pretty much locate anything if I can remember on of those three things.

  2. File structure is one important element of managing files, but the workflow from capture to backup is also very important for the same reasons you mentioned.
    I find the whole subject fascinating, probably because of my aerospace engineering background.
    And the methods and tools may vary depending on exact/personal needs and preferences for tools and methods.

    In general I treat it as system development in the aviation industry. For critical system development you apply rigorous configuration management so you can trace what you are doing from start to finish, as well as apply data storage solutions for reproducibility, even if the company goes bust.
    For the data storage I treat it like a safety critical system, which means redundancy and no single point of failure. Redundancy can take the form of a RAID system. Single point of failure can be process (eg how do you copy files from camera to final storage). But also failures and zonal effects. Failures of hard drives are mitigated through RAID systems, sovthis is why RAID systems are so important. However, Zong effects could include burglary, flooding, fire, etc. This means off site backup may be required. Of course this depends very much on risk analysis. If the risk of fire theft etc are negligible, you could opt not to do off site storage, but when something happens you have to accept business losses.
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    1. I’ll have to get you in to sort our studio systems out Kryn! šŸ™‚ To be honest I could have been be more thorough, I use raid drives and the cards are not formatted until the images are safely transferred to raid drives but in the case of theft or fire we would have been susceptible as taking copies of drives home was just never that straightforward. We are now using cloud storage for the important stuff.

  3. Hahaha, Iā€™m more than happy to pop over some time and discuss the topic in more detail šŸ˜.
    I would have imagined cloud storage to be one of your backup means.
    I think most professionals such as yourself, with a few years under their belt, have got a workout by solution for their specific situation. I do think it may be an idea for a live show of sorts to educate us amateurs on the holistic approach for risk management and backup strategies holistically.
    Happy to help out of course!

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