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Questions for Photography Enthusiasts

It’s no secret that I’m something of a photography enthusiast. To me, photography is a relaxing puzzle of how to assemble all the various pieces—setting, lighting, exposure, composition, etc.—to create just the right image. I’m not an expert, but that’s OK; I just do this for fun and to relax. If you’d like to see a small sampling of some of the photos I’ve taken, I publish some of them here on 500px.com.

I know that a fair number of folks in the IT industry are also photo enthusiasts, and so I was curious to hear some feedback from fellow enthusiasts about their photography workflows. In particular, I’m curious to know about how others answer these questions:

  • What formats do you use with your photos? (I’ve been shooting in RAW—NEF, specifically, since I’m a Nikon guy—then converting to Adobe DNG for use with Lightroom.)

  • How do you handle long-term storage of your photos? (Once I have the photos in DNG in Lightroom, then I’ve been archiving the RAW files on my Synology NAS.)

  • What pictures do you keep—all of them, or only the best ones? (So far, I’ve been keeping all the RAW files, archiving when necessary, but pruning down the DNGs stored in Lightroom.)

  • How do you keep your files organized on disk? (I’ve been organizing mine by date, since this works well with the date-based filenaming convention I use.)

I think I’ve (finally) settled into a reasonable routine/approach, but it’s always good to hear how others are doing it. You never know when you might learn something new! If you’re a photo enthusiast like me—or even if you consider yourself something more, like a professional photographer—I’d be curious to know more about your workflow. Feel free to speak up in the comments below. All courteous comments are welcome!

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