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Subject: Re: Back up plan Light room and photos
From: Lea Murphy <lea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, December 28, 2011 9:57 am
To: List for Photo/Imaging Educators - Professionals - Students
I now shoot everything raw so of course those are archived.
I use the Photo>Edit in>Photoshop command to do work to my personal images (those that will be manipulated further in PS, typically in my case they are converted to bw). This allows me to save the image back to LR with LR tracking the location of the image, it also keeps layers intact if I reopen it in PS. These are exported as psd files and they are archived.
My work images are exported as psd files nested within the client folder holding the raw files.
I guess, in thinking about it, everything I shoot that is not deleted upon editing in Lightroom is archived because my personal work and my work work are all backed up using Super Duper.
Yes, it's a lot of data but it's easier for me knowing it's all there than trying to figure out what to back up and what not to back up.
I don't do anything with dng. I do raw or psd, jpg for what goes on the web.
I have no clue what we'll be doing in 20 years. Most of us are just trying to get on board with now!
What files types do you archive? Historically I have saved the original raw file, a jpg, and a DNG. DNG has been around long enough now that I am considering not saving a jpg. For a while I was saving tiffs that were uncompressed, but that really did fill up a hard drive in a hurry. Of course then the files we started with were much smaller as well.
I wonder how we will be archiving files in 20 years and how much of what we are saving now will be readable then?