As a photographer, most of my work is 2D. For digital work I usually shoot considerably more, which I immediately uploaded to my computer after a shoot. When working digitally, certain challenges come to light such as where to put all of these images and how to keep them organized.
My computer now serves as a digital library of my work. I have pictures located in separate locations according to their purpose, labeled: My Pictures, School, and Real Estate. The School and Real Estate files are where I store images pertaining to visual aids I used for either my real estate business or a class assignment (non-art related). The My Pictures folder holds an array of other photo files including categories of family, parties, bands, art, and travel to name a few. Here I can categorize my work to make it easier to find. Within these files, such as Family I might have other sub-folders with certain birthday parties or Christmas snapshots. Under the art category I have a sub-folder for each project I am working on and also for imported scans of work or images of my 3D pieces.
I don’t know that I’ve mastered the technique of organizational systems yet, but I have picked up a few helpful methods for digital artists. I feel like as an artist, there is enough madness in my life and some things should be structured, for both my productivity and my sanity! Here’s my list, and if you feel you can improve on it please add!
1) Import pictures from camera or other device to a temporary folder or space.
2) Do NOT delete them from your camera yet, just in case something goes wrong during import.
3) Preview all images and delete any unusable pictures or unwanted duplicates.
4) Categorize which set these pics belong to or create a folder just for them.
5) Make the folder title relevant/descriptive so you will know what it contains.
6) Back, Back, Back it up! Save it on to 2 other external drives of some sort – 3 back-ups is ideal!