Table of Contents       17 NeoFinder and Photos


17.6 Photographer Workflows

As a photographer, you can use NeoFinder in a multitude of your workflows, we try to list them all here and give you ideas and notes to improve your workflows with NeoFinder as well.


1. Ingest photos

To be able to use the new photos you have just shot, you first want to transfer them onto your Mac. Depending on the camera equipment you use, they may be special software for it, or you can just use the simple tool
Image Capture for that job. You can find it in your Applications folder.

image capture


If you do this a lot, and you need a better integration of that process into NeoFinder, please contact us, we are actually working on something there.

It is a truly great idea to ingest your new photos into a clear folder structure. Most people use a separate folder for each year, and subfolders for the separate locations, shootings, or projects.

Tip: Add the client number or client name, or the job number, and more details to the folder names, to make it easier to locate the data later with NeoFinder. This also allows you to specify these names in the "Path contains" search parameter of the NeoFinder Find Editor.

Tip: Use the year, month, and day of the shooting as the first parts of the name, to make sorting by date easier.

Tip: Also create a folder called "Diverse" or such, for photos not associated to a specific project, but still worth to be kept around.

A typical data folder structure on your disk could look like this:

A typical photographers folder structure on disk


2. Catalog project folders in NeoFinder

When the photos are placed in the folders on your disk, create the
year folders as catalog folders in NeoFinder:

catalog folders in NeoFinder


Then
catalog the project folders and place them in the year folders of NeoFinder.

The cool thing is that you can drag multiple folders into NeoFinder at once, and NeoFinder will catalog all of them in parallel, while you can keep working on your other data already. The result will look like this.

cataloged project folders in NeoFinder



The separate cataloging of your project folders has huge advantages.
First, you only need to Update catalogs of the current folders you are working on, or adding new folders to your NeoFinder LIBRARY.
Second, this allows NeoFinder to search your data in parallel with all CPU power your Mac has.
And last, you don't need to Update an entire huge disk when you only made changes to a specific project folder, saving you a lot of time.


3. Cull photos

When your images have been cataloged in NeoFinder, use the
Light Table to view and cull your photos.

Here, you can rotate images, delete bad ones, add ratings,
color labels, and check out every single pixel of any photo, if needed.

light-table-cockpit



4. Rename photos

You may wish to rename the good images, for example to contain a project or client name.

Just select the photos in NeoFinder, and use the
Multi Renamer for this.

renamer window




5. Tag photos

A very important step into later finding your images is to tag them. This means adding metadata to your photos that will later allow you to find them. We know this is usually a lot of work, and people don't like doing it, but the larger your photo collection gets, the more important this is. NeoFinder helps you in many ways to make this easier and fast.

The powerful
XMP Editor in NeoFinder can help you with that. Here, you can add keywords, ratings, descriptions, places and people information to your photos.

XMP Editor in NeoFinder



Of course, you can add your own
custom annotation fields and attach any important information to them within NeoFinder as well.

Use
XMP Metadata Presets in NeoFinder to quickly assign entire sets of this data to new images with a single click to as many photos as you want.

If you took photos while traveling, you may wish to add or review
GPS geotags.

Tip: When your "big" camera has no GPS chip, use your iPhone to take one "establishing shot" with a GPS tag of new places you shoot. Then later ingest that photo as well, and use NeoFinder to copy and paste that GPS geotag to all photos taken with the "big" camera.

Or check out the
Wikipedia Inspector in NeoFinder to see what interesting places you have visited, or what building may be present in your photos. One simple click will transfer the desired place description to the XMP caption field for you.


6. Backup photos

This is the most important step of them all, because you want to make sure you don't lose any of your photos, or any of the work you have placed into tagging and sorting them. Make a backup. Better, make two!

You do know that every single disk on this planet will fail one day, right? It is not a question of
if, but of when. So be prepared for failed disks, and keep current backups of your data around and another one in a safe place off-site.

Some people use web services as backups, but keep in mind that the companies offering them give you no guarantee, so any such web baes backup can only be additional, never ever the only backup you have. If you have any important data stored only in a web service, and nowhere else, you may as well delete it already, because you have pretty much lost it already.


7. Contact Sheet

To give other people or clients access to an overview of your photos, or a selection of them, use the
Photo Contact Sheet. It will generate a nice looking PDF document with thumbnails and the metadata you want your clients to see.

photo contact sheet



8. Web Gallery

Another option is a
web gallery, which generate HTML files that you can upload to a web server. NeoFinder comes with two simple schemes already, but it uses the iView MediaPro web gallery templates, so you have use existing ones, or have them programmed for your needs.


9. Backup

Did you make that backup already? No really, make sure you have two that are current, and actually still readable!

To make sure of that, use the
FileCheck values in NeoFinder, to help you discover things like "bit rot".




Next

17.1 Photo Contact Sheet

17.2 Adobe XMP, EXIF and IPTC meta data

17.3 Lossless picture rotation

17.4 Edit the EXIF creation date

17.5 Truncate JPG files

17.7 Photo Export

17.8 Astronomy files (.fits)

5.8 Find Similar Photos