Summary – The 1st post in a series on the management of digital files. This topic applies to each & every one of us as photographers. Further, it transcends every photographic genre, every personal style and every camera. Simply stated, we all need DAM to some degree.
Not a Selfie (1937; do parents still do this?)
I queried my database to show me all images made prior to 2000
It came up with 63 scans of family photos
Nothing else; I didn’t shoot pre-2000
This is probably the 1st photo of me; I’ve grown a beard since then 😉
Why Am I Doing This?
Occasionally stuff needs to be found
Stuff isn’t much of an asset if it can’t be retrieved
In 2007 my image count, after 5 years “in-the-game”
Reached unmanageable numbers (without DAM help)
Leading to my 1st foray into the world of DAM
For the next 4-5 years I was
Conscientious in my use of the tools
Then less so
Files still went into the DAM system
But I was lax in adding keywords & the like
So the images were stored & safe, but
Harder to retrieve than need be
Today – Sinner, repent! 😉
My DAM program of choice (IMatch)
Is coming out with a major, major new release
Several years in the making
The changes are major (did I say major earlier? then huge)
This series of posts are mainly study notes to myself
Emphasis will be on search and retrieval
I’ll include examples
Often asking interested readers (all 2 or 3 of you)
Can your system do this?
Digital Assets I Manage
Images – Over 200,000
Music – Over 4,000 tracks
Documents – Nearly 2,000 books, manuals, tax returns, etc.
Digital Asset Management functions
Ingest – Adding files to a central repository
I use Downloader Pro to automatically download, organize, and rename images and image data (metadata)
Store – Preserve files for their lifetime including updating & restoring
I use a number of storage devices (local network & dedicated) and
A number of data backup related programs
Local network ≠ Cloud
(I use clouds for sharing, not permanent storage)
Annotate – Adding text, graphics, and other elements to files in a non-destructive way
Catalog – Directory of information allowing assets to be quickly retrieved
Retrieve – Searching, finding, accessing digital assets
I use IMatch for the latter three functions
Can your image organizer do this?
Retrieve just your B&W images
Based solely on color
No user added metadata
Just the image pixel colors
Straight from the box as the vendor made the program?
With no input from you other than your images??
Using a 25,000 image test database for right now
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This time with a beard
That one is a selfie, unlike the bare bottom
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