Workflow deals with the steps that you take in this whole process of taking photos and dealing with it. And so, once you've taken the photo, you need to get those photos into a computer for proper storage. You can download from the camera, but in general, it's kind of a slow, cumbersome system. Some cameras actually needs special software on the computer in order to do it. It's much faster to get one of these inexpensive card readers, and if your computer has a slot for your memory card that's the best system yet, 'cause you don't need any other accessories. And so, a little card reader is a good investment in my mind. You're gonna need software in order to look at your photos and work with them on your computer. My favorite program right now is Adobe Lightroom. There are a good number of programs out there. This is one of the most popular, I would call it the most popular, but it's getting more and more competition 'cause some people don't like. There's a few things that it doesn't do...
perfectly well for some people. And so, there's all these competitors that are competing for it. And so, there's about a dozen other different programs that are not that bad, they're quite good. But it doesn't really matter which one you use, just so long as you're happy with it. But once again, whatever ecosystem you choose, you're probably gonna wanna stick around. All the changes and things that you learn in one program, it's no fun switching software systems back and forth. And so, that's one of the things I think is important. Choosing something that you can live with for a long period of time. Now, Adobe Lightroom was designed by photographers for photographers in what they wanted to do. And actually, it wasn't the first program to come out for digital photography that was more like Photoshop, which I'll talk about in just a second. Lightroom is nice because it allows a photographer to do what they typically want to do with a photograph. So, all those basic things, you know, cropping, correcting the horizon line, color, exposure, saturation, all those sorts of things that you would normally want to adjust in small ways on your photograph, you can do very, very easily and intuitively here. And so, a program like Lightroom is a great program. I'll have to admit that it takes a little bit of a learning curve. You can't just give Adobe Lightroom to somebody and say, go get 'em. 'Cause you need a little bit of help. Either you need to take a class and there's lots of good classes here, you need to read a book, or have somebody walk you through the steps of it. So, once you get through those initial few training steps, you're fine, and you can explore, and you won't hurt yourself or your photos, you might say. But sometimes, people have more ambitious desires than what Lightroom can handle. You might take a photograph like this and say, well, that's okay, I would really prefer to have more birds in there. And so, this requires special manipulation tools that are not in a program like Lightroom. This is Photoshop and there's multiple layers, and I'm cloning, and reversing them. And this is more of a graphics type tool that photographers do find very helpful. I would recommend somebody new to photography, get into a program like Lightroom that's more just of a catalog for basic editing. If you find that once you get into it, you're making in depth changes on photographs, maybe you're making a movie poster and you need a picture of this actor, and this actress, and this vehicle, and this scene, and they're all collaged together, you can't do that in something like Lightroom. And so, sometimes, for business needs or special needs, then Photoshop comes in and is a very good program. And there are many competitors to this, as well. So, you really want to check into the software. What is it specialized at, what can it do, and what's it best at? You do not want to store your digital photos on your computer. That is a bad place to keep your images. And that is because, pictures are relatively big in file size and they're gonna take up a lot of space. And once you start shooting for a few years, you're gonna have 10,000 photos, and 100,000 photos, and maybe 1,000,000 photos, and that is gonna slow down everything on your computer. So, you may wanna have a small collection of them that you can show any time without hooking up an external hard drive, that makes perfect sense. But storing all of your photographs should be done on an external hard drive. Now, the world is an imperfect place, and so you need to have backups. And so, you can have desktop drives, which are the ones that you plug in, the portable ones get power through the USB or other connections straight from your laptop usually. And so, you wanna have a backup in either case. Now, bad things happen at certain locations from time to time, and so you should really have things stored in a third place in an offsite storage area. Now, that offsite storage area could be Cloud storage, which is definitely an option, or it could be a hard drive that you keep at work, compared to the two you have at home, or your neighbor's house, or your friend's house, or someplace else in case something horrendous happened at that one location. Just imagine, how much a photographer would be devastated by having all of their images just completely gone. And for some people it's even more than others, because they're living off of all the pictures they take, and it's not just what they shot last week, but everything they shot for whole life is very important. And so, you wanna make sure you back things up. There's occasionally about once a year on some of the blogs I go to, there's a story about somebody who's house was ransacked, it got burned down, they lost their hard drives, and they lost all the photos they've taken their entire life. And you just like, did you not have these backed up some place else? And you know, $100, $100 give you a hard drive that'll probably store everything. It's a little bit of maintenance, but it's easy to duplicate, and so it's not that hard to deal with, but it's very important.