“I think I lost the wedding photos…” I hesitantly said to my wonderfully patient husband. Epic fail. How in the world of the tens of thousands of digital photos I own did I end up losing my wedding photos??? Only the most important photos of my adult life, right? The past 10 days I have been fretting and hunched over my computer organizing, restoring, backing up and cleaning up my electronic life. I have learned so much about cloud solutions and backups.
In May of this year I invested in an iMac for photo editing. The large screen is a must for professional photo editing. I love the iMac but my trusty Macbook is still a major part of my blog with lots of traveling and life at sea so I needed to be able to use both and have files sync easily between the two. I had everything working just fine for the blog using Google Drive but where I failed miserably was using Lightroom 5 between two computers. I would import some photos on my iMac and then willy nilly switch to the MacBook with no dates, no naming conventions and no structure to ANYTHING. The catalogs on each computer had become a mess.
When I finally sat down to clean it all up is when I realized the wedding photos were gone and my heart sank… I still don’t know how they were lost. Maybe it was when I installed a new hard drive in my Macbook, maybe it was a slip of the trash can unknowingly. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I suddenly realized that I uploaded all of the photos to Shutterfly! Thank you internet.
Here is how I now organize everything. I hope you find this helpful and if you are just starting out as a new blogger, get your electronic life organized first! Your precious, wonderful content will only grow and you need an organized solution. Here is mine.
- I use Lightroom 5 and Photoshop through the Adobe Creative Cloud. Powerful tools and amazing software but varsity level. Before you use Lightroom, read the manual and watch this fantastic tutorial by Phil Steele about using Lightroom on 2 computers. Much harder than you would think and you can really mess things up (like I did) if you are not careful.
- Lightroom 5 imported raw photos I organize and store in Dropbox. I keep my blog photos SEPARATE from my personal photos for a couple of reasons.
- Paying for cloud storage must be kept separate from personal photos for accounting reasons. The Salty Tomato is an LLC and I have to keep my records straight as an arrow!
- It’s just easier. My blog life often merges with my real life but in that case I make duplicate copies.
- Here is what my folder looks like:
- Each year has 12 folders labeled with the last 2 digits of the year and the 2 digits of the month.
- All imported raw photos are imported with the date and in the future I will be adding custom names to the date.
- Keywords are your friend! Search engines are fantastic but only if you keyword your photos.
- After the raw photos are edited I export my favorites as internet ready and sized jpegs which get sorted in my Google Drive. The setup is similar to the raw photos. Here is what the Google Drive looks like:
- Each post is named and sorted into the month that it was posted. The date after the name is the day that it posted to the blog.
- I keep a “Post Ready To Upload” folder which is my working folder. After the post is finalized and published, I date it and move it into the organized year and month folder.
- The “JV Squad” folder is posts, photos or recipes that I started working but didn’t make the cut as blog worthy.
Long story, short my blog life is back in order. I hope you found this post helpful and that you are much more organized than I was when I started.
I chose Herb de Provence Croutons for this post because they are simple and easy. The polar opposite of photo organization and backups. They are salty and so flavorful, I was eating them like potato chips.
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- 2 cups 1 inch cubed day old bread multi grain bread
- ¼-1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Herb de Provence
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread bread cubes evenly on a sheet pan. Sprinkle with Herb de Provence. Drizzle over olive oil and toss to coat bread. Adjust oil so that there is an even coating over all of the bread. (It will take more oil if the bread is still moist.) Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
- Taste and add more salt to liking. Store in an air tight container.