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Digital Photography in Practice - Part 7

Posted on 25 September 2011


In the last article (click here) I talked about the importance that our images all have a unique reference number. As a general rule it is good practice to always maintain that number with the file, and not to rename the file. Adobe Photoshop Elements™ is an ideal tool to help you retain the  file numbering, and yet name or ‘tag’ your images.
Current version is 8, but
version 7 will do most if not all of what we will discuss over the next few articles. Elements 8 will cost around £60 and 7 around £45….if you can afford 8 then get that.
Elements™ is made up of two main programmes…’Organise’ and ‘Edit’, we are going to concentrate on the ‘Organise’ programme first, and setting up from first download. I would recommend that you buy the software as a disk online, rather than a download. If you are impatient to get going then you can always download a free trial , and then purchase the disc and validate with the serial number when the disc arrives.
The first screen you will encounter, after clicking on ‘Organise’ will be asking if you want to get images from your ‘files and folders’ on your PC? I would tend to cancel this and download files manually to give more control, otherwise you may find that you have many images that you were not intending to download to Elements.
The first option is to plug your camera or memory card (via a card reader) into your PC. Then select File>Get Photos and Videos>From Camera or Card Reader.
It is important that apart from telling Elements where to look for your photos, you also give instructions on the download. The first option is to tell Elements where to import to, the default is My Computer\...\Pictures\shot date….leave this at the default! Next important option is to tell elements what to name the subfolder that the images will be downloaded into. Though there is no option for our dd/mm/yyyy use the American system mm/dd/yyyy.
As discussed earlier we do not want to ‘rename files’. Next really important option is ‘After Copying, do not delete originals’.
If you click the ‘Advanced Dialog’ button you will see other options, the only one you may want to change at the moment is to check the box ‘Automatically fix Red Eyes’.
Last thing to do is to click ‘Get Photos’ and your images will be added to your database, ready for ‘organising’. As your images are all in one folder, which is individually dated with the ‘shot date’ your images will be easily located should you need to access them outside of Elements™.
Remember the requirements for two practices may not be exactly the same, these articles will hopefully give you the ideas to get the best ‘digital workflow’, to achieve secure robust backup, and a Practice standard for image management.
In the next article we will cover the basic set up for your Albums within Photoshop Elements™