Statewide Documentary Project Updates

  • 29 Jan 2019 9:13 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Catalog and Photo Naming Clarification


    It's good policy for all photographers to include the copyright information in the EXIF data.  Many cameras allow you to do it in the camera (well... at least Canon does, which is what I shoot with) and LIGHTROOM allows you to add the information easily.

    If you need help with the Lightroom part, drop me a note and I'll go over it with you.



    Dan Gingras

  • 29 Jan 2019 12:51 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

       We keep learning more about how to manage a statewide photographic documentary project involving many dozens of photographers and thousands of photos. 

      The review of the Lakes regions work was a prefect example.  The photography was great and we've got more tha 45 GB of photos now in the catalog representing a good part of the state.

      We now have a master Lightroom catalog that synchronizes directly with the Google drive, making it infinitely easier to manage the process.   This has caused us to revise the naming and saving conventions a bit which is highlighted in the above document.   

    Basically we don't need separate RAW and JPG catalogs,  a single RAW catalog is all we need.  If you don't use lghtroom, you can create a folder using the same naming convention and save your RAW or TIFF photos there.

    We also realize that we don't want to circle back to re-review previously reviewed photos, so we want to add a review number to the file or catalog number. (see naming documents)

  • 24 Sep 2018 3:52 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    OK, we've learned a couple of things from our first review, so let me summarize some lessons as guidelines for the project:

    • Pick color or BW for a photo, don't submit both
    • If you shoot a whole bunch of photos of a subject, submit one unless more than one tells a story
    • Closer to people is usually better than further away, but try to show the environment so it's not just a portrait, but a view of the person in their environment
    • Insure that your copyright is in the EXIF data.  Most high end cameras allow you to put your copyright information right in the camera so it's in all your shots. It's important we know who shot what
    • If you're using lightroom, add information about the area and the names of the people (if you have them) in the comments field.
    I'm sure there are more, but those are some of the ones that stand out.
  • 23 Sep 2018 9:14 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    We had a great first photo review with over 25 photographers attending, and about  750 photos to be reviewed.  I'll admit I made a few mistakes uploading photos instead of catalogs, so some of the edits were lost... sorry!   I think the photos were amazing, and there were very photos which needed much touch up except for those where I uploaded the photos instead of the catalog and missed the edits.   We did learn a few things about catalog management, and I will have a new document to describe the uploads to the Google drive in the below section.

  • 18 Sep 2018 11:31 AM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    If you can help with publicizing the project, it would be a great help.  Please download the poster by CLICKING HERE and print it out, or get printed copies from the project team and post them at your local library or camera store.   

  • 9 Sep 2018 5:00 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Some articles about the project :

    Seacoast online article     The Milford Cabinet article

  • 21 Aug 2018 3:37 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Preliminary lightroom instructions (if you're going to use Lightroom) are being written and posted.   A  "suggested" list of keywords, although not exhaustive is also available for download.  We'll have instructions on how to upload it ( METADATA-IMPORT KEYWORDS) available soon.

  • 15 Aug 2018 9:04 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Leave Behind Cards are in.   They'll be distributed on the 23rd at the Camera Commons meeting.   


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