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Evolving your Photography Workflow #4

Evolving you Photography Workflow #4
The switch from iPhoto to Aperture. Import.

We now know how to rate and tag our existing photos and keep a basic structured library. Let's check some new functionality: Import.
Importing is an integral part of your workflow. A structured import is key to maintaining an organized library with least effort. The basic of a structured library lies in project management and tagging. Both of these features can be controlled and added during import.
Here is how the standard import dialog looks like.
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We have the name of the Library at the top, in this case "Aperture Library". Below you will find the drop down menu for the destination. In this example a new project is selected. The Project Name can be chosen freely. Alternatively you can choose an existing project by clicking on it in the drop down list.
Below the project name are two checkboxes. I wouldn't split projects automatically as it gets confusing fast. I've chosen "Do not import duplicates" at all times for obvious reasons.
Most people will first store their files in the Aperture library. I've changed to the current location as I use more than one RAW converter with different libraries but need the originals at the same location for every one of the converters. You can change the storage and file handling after the import anyway.

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If you just started with Aperture, there is nothing more shown at the right dialog box. You can add more import setting with the drop down menu on the upper right. I would add "Metadata Presets", "RAW + Jpeg Pairs", "Effect Presets" and "Backup Location".
With the metadata preset you can add copyright notice, location and keywords easily on import. I would develop a preset of keywords you will give to each import, like project or model or city of capture or camera model. Additionally no photograph gets imported without a copyright.
Effect presets are usefull if you have special presets for different lenses that you apply every single time. With this preset you can apply your basic development directly on import.
RAW + Jpeg Pairs is used most uncommonly by me but I like to keep it in the import dialog to be able to swiftly apply changes if I need to.
The Backup preset is very important if you are on the go or in the field. On my courses, I've always got an external hard drive with me and do a direct backup to the external hard drive at the same time, that I import the images to my library. Data safety is very important for your photos! Even more so if someone pays money for their capture...

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Lastly for the import, in the main screen you can select any selection of images separately if you have different shots on your card. If I import my holiday pictures I do multiple imports with different keywords depending on the site, they were shot on! Seems a lot of work on first glance but it saves much more time than you think in future!
That's it for import! Next up comes editing our images! Stay tuned!