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Evolving your Photography Workflow #3


Evolving you Photography Workflow #3
The switch from iPhoto to Aperture. Structural Thoughts.


After lesson #1 and #2 we have a basic library structure imported of of iPhoto and a hierarchy throughout our photos. Now we need to employ an expandable structure in our projects and albums.
It is of very limited use to keep the date labelling introduced by iPhoto Events. There needs to be a kind of useful and evolvable structure in the projects and albums. This lesson is my way of creating a structure which doesn't need to be anyones way. At least should give anyone a head start.
I basically have three main projects. The first one is called "My way to work". This project contains basically as it says, the images I take on my way to work. So basically it's the photos I shoot on a daily basis. The second standard project is called "Hamburg". This is were most of my street stuff goes that is not taken on my way to work. So when I'm just out for a walk with my wife without any special reason, those photos go into that project. The third standard project is called "Studio". This is were most ebay, small ad, food and portrait stuff goes.
Aside from those standard projects I create a project for every holiday I attended.
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When it is a place I'm going to revisit like Ireland, I would create a project called Ireland where any holiday pictures from Ireland go to. Intelligent subalbums sort the pictures by date.

Now I have four different projects. This gives me a nice start. I can now customise this structure with a folder for all vacations as soon as I go somewhere else than Ireland. This folder would contain any vacation related projects including their related albums and smart albums.

If someone is not a vacation type of photograph or someone knows exactly what kind of genre he or she wants to take pictures of, one could choose a different structure.

For example, someone shooting only candid portraits could use the faces feature of Aperture to automatically detect faces of different people. With this information it would be very easy to build up a structure of smart albums which filter for faces and additional features. An example for such kind of structure would be something like the following: Your model Eva gets booked by you frequently. You go to the harbour, the town hall, the DOM and the Reeperbahn to shoot sessions. So there is a project called like your model where any photo is put in manually that aperture detects Evas face on. Beneath this projects lies a structure of smartalbums combining the facial recognition of Eva with the places you have taken her picture at. That way you will build up a very usable and searchable model database.
Another example would be a still live photograph specialised in food. He would tag his photos by the name of the ingredients, the arrangement, the cuisine the meal is coming from and basic colour information. He could start projects labeled with the cuisine, like Chinese, Japanese, African and French. Inside those projects he would use smart albums to sort by ingredients, like strawberries, chicken, fish or anything else. He could also sort by colour to find any red or an green vegetable or fruit.

What this all boils down to is that there is no right way of organising your library but the simple truth is it has to be organised somehow.