Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DAM DAM DAM DAM

DAM, that's Digital Asset Management for those of you not into acronym's.
What is Digital Asset Management?
Simple. The organization of your digital information, be it documents, photo's, music or anything else you store on your computer. The method of storage or categorizing your information is the tricky part. For the sake of this article I will be talking about photographs.
When you only have a few hundred or even a few thousand images it is relatively easy to keep track of your collection but as it grows into the tens of thousands this becomes increasingly difficult. Your first choice is to either buy software such as Adobe Lightroom, ImageFolio, ACDSee and many others.
For me, all I want to do is file my images quickly and easily. Windows does this job admirably, I set up my files by category, place or event then subfolders of year and month. So, the file structure would look something like this;
Cataract Gorge - 2011 - 1102 Tiff - Img123.tif, Img124.tif etc
......................................1102 RAW - Img123.PEF, Img124.PEF etc
....................................- 1106 Tiff - Img684.tif, Img685.tif etc
......................................1106 RAW - Img684.PEF, Img685.PEFetc
.........................- 2010 - 1004 - Img001.tif, Img002.tif etc
To view the images I use Picasa and from their I can open each image in whatever photo editor I choose.

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