Thousands of Images, Now What: Painlessly Organize, Save, and Back Up Your Digital Photos 1st Edition

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What you need is a way to find what you want

Did you realize that the average new parent snaps at least 10 photos a day? That a family vacation can yield a thousand images? Of course you did — odds are, you've been there. And now, you're drowning in digital photos and can't find the one you want.

Here's how to choose and use software that brings order to your digital chaos. No matter how many images you already have, this book helps you get them under control — for good.

  • Understand the different types of software and learn to make it work for you

  • Compare database and browser-based storage systems

  • Learn the best way to download images

  • Discover the quickest ways to search for specific photos

  • Find out the best, easiest, and safest backup methods

  • Get special tips on traveling with your camera gear

  • Explore safe ways to share photos

About the Author

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer who specializes in location photography and workshops. As the Managing Director of the Nikonians Academy, he is the driving force behind this highly successful organization that operates photo workshops and adventure trips all around the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470582081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470582084
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer and an avid adventurer who effectively combines his enthusiasm for both pursuits. He established Out There Images, Inc., to share his passion for photography, and he is a popular workshop leader. Recently Mike was named Managing Director of the Nikonians Academy.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 VINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
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This is a abook I wish I had found sometime around 1998 when I got my first digital camera. Five cameras--with ever larger flash cards--later I find myself in a quagmire of differently tagged images, varying naming conventions, multiple external hard drives, and (literally) thousands and thousands of images. Finding the one I want runs the gamut from very difficult & time-consuming to absolutely impossible. I know it's there, I just can't locate it. Knowing that this is all my fault certainly doesn't help matters.

This book organizes your thinking process and presents you with enough options (with the pro's and con's of each) that you're able to determine what system is realistically most likely to work with your personality, your level of discipline, and your photographic workflow.

The author, fortunately, has a good understanding about what is involved. He is aware--and makes you aware--that some type of consistent structure has to be established early on (the sooner, the better) and maintained going forward because the purpose of Asset Management is not to store but to be able to retrieve.

He covers almost all aspects of the process from capture to backup and explains the various software programs that can help you (Mac or PC, camera manufacturer, etc). He explains concepts that weren't even on the horizon when I started (such as metadata, RAW files, online file sharing, social networks, etc.). He demonstrates with screen shots and examples and explains in clear and unintimidating language.

Consistency, as a matter of fact, should be the subtitle of the book. He suggests, explains, and weighs many different options but makes it clear that the choice of system is yours: pick one and stick with it forever after.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jjs on April 16, 2012
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At first it was easy. I stored my digital photos in files organized by date and subject matter. Years have gone by and now I have thousands of photos in many files; Jpegs, Raw photos, Tiffs, edited, non-editied.. all the usual. Things are getting messy. What to do??
There is tons of available information on camera equipment, software and on how to take photos. There is very little information available with general ideas for organizing, saving and backing up digital photos.

I just finished going through "Thousands of Images, Now What?", by Mike Hagen and I found it to be a very well written resource on this topic. This is the first book I have found that has excellent examples of various ways to manage your photos no matter what specific software you may be using.

Whether you have thousand of images or are just starting out, I can highly recommend this book.

By the way if you use Nikon Capture NX2, Mike Hagen wrote a book called "After the Shoot" which I can also highly recommend.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2012
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Photographer Mike Hagen has taken a problem and confronted it well with his Thousands of Images, Now What: Painlessly Organize, Save, and Back Up Your Digital Photos. If you're a photographer his name may be familiar; for those who are unfamiliar with him, he is the Managing Director of the Nikonians Academy, and the driving force behind this highly successful organization that operates photo workshops and adventure trips all around the world. Mike is also the author of other photo books, and knows digital photography well.

You don't have to be a pro photographer to understand how perplexing and often frustrating exercise organizing digital images can be. All too often they are downloaded to the computer, only to get lost after a few are emailed, posted on Facebook, Flickr, Google or such online places. Yet this is not a new problem, as it's been going on since the early days of film photography, when photos were often put into shoeboxes to be sorted at a later date. And for many, things are not much different with digital photography.

With his new book, the author does a great job explaining Digital Asset Management (DAM), a method of efficiently organize, saving, and backing-up your digital photos into an intuitive filing system that will meet your needs, whether you use a Mac or a PC. The aim here is to generate a functional digital photo archive that will be easy to maintain and use. And without getting into a lot of technical jargon, author Hagen offers us a book that's easy to follow and understand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PD VINE VOICE on November 24, 2012
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I'm that persnickety Photoshop/Bridge user, and there was a huge chunk left out of this book in that area. HOWEVER, it's still a must-read, because 90% of your image management workflow happens before you get to Lightroom,Photoshop, Aperture, whatever. And because that part is done so well, I still gave it 5 stars.

Mike covers it all. I'm sure other reviewers have already shouted this, but I wish I had this book years ago. The prepatory stage before you get to actual editing has got to be well-planned and executed, and that instruction to me is the biggest strength of this book. I really like his methodology of renaming images FIRST, how he structures image folders, and his excellent (almost paranoid) backup strategy. If you just followed his tutorials on that, 70+% of your image jungle would be solved. I am SO GLAD he pushes to turn off all of the auto junk that Windows throws at you, so YOU can manage it.

The one area missing was how to manage your images using Bridge. He does admit that there are a VAST array of amazing tools in there (and there are), but I get the feeling he doesn't know really how to use it, OR, he wanted to keep this more Lightroom oriented. Lightroom is pushed in this book to almost advertising levels. Anyway, Lightroom and the other software solutions he covers are all about importing your images into some black-box catalog. I much prefer to organize my assets on my drives the way I like and just use Bridge to browse to them. THEN I get all of the excellent tagging and rating and key wording I want, yet the images are simply on my drive, not stuffed into a catalog and then bound to using Lightroom. LR is. Great combo solution, but you get what you get in the database and the editing part, and that's it.
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