May 29th, 2007

Photo Portrait by Debbie Ohi

Photo work flow.

I was asked in another forum, what my photo work flow is.

This was my quick response. *edit to add my DOS script at the bottom of the post.

Work flow is fairly basic.

Dump pics from memory card to laptop.

Run a script that reads the exif headers and renames files to date-time-camera.jpg and plugs in a copyright comment.

Copy files to work directory.

Mark all "original" files as READ ONLY.
Copy files to portable external hard drive.
Copy files to 2 external hard drives at home.
(Yes I have 4 copies for some period of time)

Switch to work directory.

Double check I'm in the work directory.

Run ThumbsPlus to generate catalog and do image rotation.

Flip through individual images and ruthlessly delete all flawed photos. Unless something really grabs me about the photo.

Go through photos again and sort them into sub-folders. By day, by portion of event, subject matter, whatever is best for this set.

Go through each photo again, looking closely to see any hidden flaws, unflattering poses, etc.

Now is when I start the actual post processing of cropping, color and brightness correction, etc.

#Makes sure all the files are readable and viewable
#added for when I'm reprocessing a directory
attrib -r -a -s -h *.*
#jhead can be found at:
#Checks for model of camera that I own.
#Then renames to YYYYMMD-HHMMSS-model name format
jhead -model D70 -nf%%Y%%m%%d-%%H%%M%%S-d70 *.jpg
jhead -model S20 -nf%%Y%%m%%d-%%H%%M%%S-s20 *.jpg
jhead -model S50 -nf%%Y%%m%%d-%%H%%M%%S-s50 *.jpg
jhead -model V705 -nf%%Y%%m%%d-%%H%%M%%S-v705 *.jpg
jhead -model TRV340 -nf%%Y%%m%%d-%%H%%M%%S-v340 *.jpg
#Insert a Copyright notice in the exif comment field:
#each file has a single line.
# Copyright YEAR John O'Halloran - JohnO@TyeDye.Org
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2001.txt 2001????-??????-*.jpg
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2002.txt 2002????-??????-*.jpg
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2003.txt 2003????-??????-*.jpg
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2004.txt 2004????-??????-*.jpg
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2005.txt 2005????-??????-*.jpg
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2006.txt 2006????-??????-*.jpg
jhead -ci c:\johno-copyright-2007.txt 2007????-??????-*.jpg
#Set the timestamp of the file, to the date/time taken.
jhead -ft *.jpg
#Set the files to read only.
attrib +r *.*