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Photog query
Scanner suggestions, film or flat bed? I have film I want to digitize. I think a film scanner may be the best route but I dunno.

Organization? How do you organize your photos/albums? Date? Shoot? My current scheme seems less than useful.
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ralinad From: ralinad Date: February 13th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
For scanning, you need to have a backlit unit, and price goes up significantly for that. I'm not sure of whats out there right now, but price may determine it.

Organization: folders by year, then in folders by shoot/subject, folder name with year-month-day so they stay in order, and a short description of whats inside.
In that folder, subdirectories for high-res edited files, stitched panoramics, web files, and ones sent to friends. If it was an extensive shoot, I divide the main files by good/best/rest - a rough pass through first, then a second looking at details.



abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello Mr. Structure. Have you met my friend, Lord Lazington, Duke of Lassitude?

When you go looking for a photo how much do you need to browse/query or do you remember what shoots happened when?
ralinad From: ralinad Date: February 13th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep the number in the filename intact, always. Even in web images. That way they're always searchable. The directories can be searched as well, as they have a description of the event/name/location.

Its not *that* detailed. It just goes year, then event with date, then type/purpose of the files.

I dislike having anything tied to a program's search abilities - what happens when you no longer use it, something better comes along, or they no longer make it? I prefer to have everything organized by directory structure, so it works no matter what program you happen to be using.



abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense. I dislike and love Aperture for this reason: it manages all files associated with it. Were I to create my own file structure and access it with Aperture, any and all files touched would be duplicated into my Aperture library.

I just go with it and import directly into the Aperture library rather than fight with it. Assimilate, you know. This even includes exports and re-imports into Photoshop which Aperture manages admirably as far as maintaining master files and edits as they applied between applications.

I can easily enough structure my photos as you suggest, which I may do actually. It seems logical to me. I think what would be best is to use that structure and then properly tab my photos upon import. From the tags I can create smart albums to group photos by concept. Best of both worlds. Hmm... that may be the way to go.
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: February 13th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have a flatbed with a negative insert, haven't used it much for that though as alyska has access to a negative scanner at school.

I believe digital photo organization should be as flexible as possible because you will always want something that you didn't think you wanted if you made a more structured method. We have iview, now expression media, but I have not used it in a while and I think our catalogs have gotten stale as well. Being able to search on may fields sounds nice, be it exif info, tags, etc.

I store the actual files in filename order as they come off the camera, as in the case of the 5d, in the style they come off the 10d and s30 because it made more sense. Then the cataloging system can reference and cross reference all it wants.
alyska From: alyska Date: February 13th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
hai. i think i have the entire catalog for the photo archive current through spring/summer 2007 so i'm not THAT far behind. only 6 months or so. iirc, i ran out of time to throw things in iview after i lost my job at waa.

flexibility good. i like iview a lot, though it sounds like aperture can do mcuh of the same things. they're also planning to phase out bridge in the MATC program, and phase in aperture (pending budget approval and stuff.)
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bridge sucks; I had consistent issues with fidelity/detail loss going through Bride to certain applications. I heart Aperture.
alyska From: alyska Date: February 13th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
epson perfection v750 pro

they're shiiiiiny. and do a beautiful job on medium format film as well as 35mm, etc.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, expensive. I like that it handles prints and negatives. Certainly packs much power and HUGE resolution possibility. Wow.

Have you used this before?
alyska From: alyska Date: February 13th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
this is the scanner we've got at school. i can't remember if we have the v750 (~$1200) or the v750-M ($800).

if you'd like to come by on one of my studio nights, i can show it to you and scan some negs and stuff.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like that very much. Keep me posted!
alyska From: alyska Date: February 13th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
sure. my most open studio night is actually wednesday nights.

woo.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! I'll miss Project Runway!

On those nightsm can I hang out and get me some free learnin' and observin'?
alyska From: alyska Date: February 13th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you'd like.

i tivo PR.

it's going to be a pretty open class (it runs from 4:30-9:30) with generally a lecture for the first hour, and then open shooting time after that. if i'm not shooting, i'm usually editing stuff in the lab.

we just finished a transparent glass assignment, have an "on your own" due next week, and are supposed to be getting the lecture and assignment for compositing tonight.

you're welcome to help minion for my next studio shoot.
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: February 13th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
For a more reasonable cost point comparison you can also try our CanoScan 8600F that we have at the house.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only a ten-fold difference.... Have you compared it with the other one?
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: February 13th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really, as the negative scanning that A has been doing is 4x5 and the "medium format" that ours supports isn't that big. If I can find some 35mm negatives in the house I might run them through and see what comes out.
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