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Part: Four Output, Manage, and Present > Archive, Catalog, and Backup

Chapter Fourteen. Archive, Catalog, and Backup

Artists—a group that of course includes photographers—and creative people in general have a reputation for not being the most organized creatures in the world. Regardless of whether that reputation is deserved, we photographers have ways to keep our images organized so that we can find an image when a family member, friend, or client wants a copy. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you have an image that you just can't locate. In fact, before we started organizing our images, we wasted countless hours looking through hard drives, CDs, and contact sheets in an effort to find the exact frame we needed. Digital images require a bit more effort to organize than simply depositing slides in file drawers, but they also offer a big advantage: Once you've done the up-front work, you can cross-reference your images, perform searches, and place them in multiple categories.

In addition to keeping your images organized, you also need to keep them safe to ensure that you'll be able to access them in the future. Whether you store your images on hard drives, CD, DVD, or other media—you'll want to safeguard the media and also create a backup.


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