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How Professional Photographers Organize Their Photos


You may think you snap a lot of pictures, but trust me, you’ve got nothing on a professional photographer.

As difficult as we often find it to manage our growing digital photo collections, a professional has an even greater challenge — they’re dealing with far more images that are far larger in size. Whereas we might go hunting for an old photo for nostalgia purposes, professionals have to find older images for their portfolios or for re-sale.

In short, if anyone knows how to manage a large collection of photos, it’s a professional photographer.

The video below gives you some insights into just how pros handle their “workflow” — which is photography-speak for the process of importing, organizing and saving their digital photos. Pros typically use Adobe’s Lightroom as their starting point. While Lightroom packs a lot of functionality that a casual user won’t need, it has very powerful organizing tools that you might appreciate. Even if you’re intimidated (or just plain not interested) in using Lightroom yourself, the principles of photo organization outlined in the video are useful to photographers of any skill level. Enjoy.

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Author:Greg Scoblete

Greg Scoblete is the editor of Your Digital Life. He has been covering the photographic world for the past ten years for a variety of publications including PDN, This Week in Consumer Electronics and Digital Photographer.