I’m looking for advice, using Lightroom, on where to host my main photo folder.
I think I’m finally understanding how Lightroom works and some of the ease of use that it will add to my workflow and power to basic editing, so much so that my use of Photos may be limited to less than what it was originally going to be. I’ll still use it but in a different way now.
I have photos all over the place… on cards, on various older computer drives, in folders, and in various iPhoto Libraries. I think I understand all the nuances of transferring all of the photos to the point of getting them into my Lightroom workflow, including the merge to Aperture for export process.
I’m now understanding that Lightroom does not actually store the files, but instead there is a catalog of adjustments and previews that are used. This keeps the original RAW files I’m shooting untouched. I’m also getting the hang of the catalog system lr6 uses although I’m a relative newb at that concept. Several articles talk about archiving older files to external drives etc which makes sense to me too.
So here is what my new startup DAM strategy might look like.
- take photos from all sources listed above
- place all photos - culled or not - in one folder (location “x” not yet determined - see question below)
- in lr6 (tending more towards the standalone version as opposed to the Cloud version for lack of hispeed reasons) do my sorting, star ratings and keywords thing, creating sub folders and categories all the while developing my naming strategy for import (which will probably look similar to Joseph’s original Aperture strategy of using dates etc)
- do some basic editing in lr6… white balance, sharpening etc
- external optional editing in ON1’s Perfect Photo Suite (which has a handshake with lr6)
- intergrated backup of all files to location “y” and location “z” (one on site and one off site)
- well, not quite, as I still think that I will make use of Photos… my intent is to export to Photos all the files I want to have available, whether they be Personal for friends and family and social contacts, or business for… well business contacts! these I can use the power and ease of Photos for producing quick slideshows, books etc and because they will be a selected number photos only will not exceed the 20gb iCloud limit I have. Nor will it blow up my limited bandwidth. The beauty of this part to the DAM strategy is that these select group of photos will be available from all of my machines, mobile and workstation alike.
- now I think it’s done, but I’d be happy to hear from anyone on any glitches or issues you see arising from this workflow strategy
So here is the real problem I am trying to solve now. What I haven’t figured out yet, and here is where I’m hoping for some advice from some lightroom users, is where I will be hosting the main photo folder.
My main hardware consists of:
- imac 27”, 2 TB HD, 16Gb Ram (approx. 6 years old) presently running mavericks but soon to run Yosemite
- MacBook Pro 13 Retina, 500gb SSD, 8Gb Ram, brand new… I now do almost all of my work on this little beauty
- 2Tb external Time Machine backup HD
- iphone 4
- Airport Extreme base station (2nd one available, neither with internal storage)
- HiSpeed was brutal up until a loaner from Bell and which I will probably be moving towards soon… and will offer 60Gb bw and speeds of between 5 and 8 mbps… which is better than the 3 gb and .2 mbps I’ve been getting with my older Rogers hub
I now need to come up with a storage strategy for both original and backups.
The backup drive I can put anywhere on my network… probably just a HD connected to either my iMac or an Airport Extreme.
But… and so here is my conundrum, and (finally) my question. Where can I host my main photo folder on my network that will make it accessible from all my machines. I know its not going to be on my MBPro as it will quickly fill my internal HD. I know I won’t have a HD hooked up to that same MBP as that would negate the portability of the laptop.
I’m presently thinking of either an external HD connected to either 1) my iMac or 2) to the Airport Extreme. I’m getting conflicting reports of which one will work best. Some lead to arrays as the best bet but in my case that would be overkill… and too costly.
What would anyone suggest, given the hardware i have as a solution for the location of the HD that will host my original photo folder given that catalog info file and previews will probably be located on my MBPro?
… sorry about the length of this but I’m sure there are others who are also in the same boat, with similar equipment and are wondering the same thing.