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Chapter 8. Organizing and Archiving Your... > Making smart archiving choices

Making smart archiving choices

What are you doing with your digital images? If you're like a lot of photographers, you may be having trouble keeping track of them all. As photographers embrace digital capture, most are generating more images than ever before and they all have to be stored somewhere if you want access to them in the future. Storing digital images has become a pressing and complex issue for businesses, libraries, and museums as well as digital camera enthusiasts.

Asset management

First and foremost, your archiving strategy should be developing an organizational system you can stick to. It doesn't do you a lot of good to spend time archiving your images and then not be able to find them. This is where asset management is key. You can create searchable databases that allow you to locate any image you've created. There are several pieces of software that can help you archive your images, many with a particular focus. For example, an asset management system geared toward the medical community is going to have features that the home user would never use—so do your homework when deciding which to use.


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