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Welcome DLaina! What do you expect to focus with your clients?
Welcome to TPM, Leora. We’re glad you found us!
Welcome Margaret, I’m glad you found us. It’s important work we do and a great community!
I’ve recently been doing a lot of research and speed benchmarking for various drives and formats and found some interesting results. The ExFAT format was designed for things like USB drives, which means it’s pretty fast and simple, as well as cross-platform. It’s usually noticeably faster than NTFS. However, it’s also not as robust or reliable.
If you want cross-platform access and fast transfer speeds then ExFAT is a good option. If you want greater reliability and long-term archives then I’d stick with NTFS.
I’m glad you found us, Gaynel. This is the place for you!
Welcome Kim! Sounds like an you’ve got an interesting work history and that you’ve found your new sweet spot!
I think the best way to get started is to work on your own family photos. You can practice the technical and organizational skills on familiar photos before you start apply those workflows to other people’s photos.
I’m glad that makes sense. One other thing to check….when you say your lens is sharpest at f6.3, is that in the center or across the entire image field? I ask because many lenses will be tack-sharp in the middle, but soft around the edges. For a normal photograph or portrait where the subject is often near the center or at least at the 1/3 it’s fine, but for camera scanning you want the best possible sharpness across the entire image.
That’s another example of a setting you want to get right up front before you camera scan 10,000 photos. 🙂
I’m glad you posted all the details you did, but changing the aperture of your lens is definitely a factor. A camera lens will have different optical results at different apertures, and most lenses are gong to be softer at 2.8 than they will be at 6.3. In fact, depending on your lens, it might be even sharper at f8. If you shoot an aperture priority or manual mode with a consistent aperture, I expect your shutter time might be different but the sharpness should be the same as long as your copy stand is steady and you’re using a remote shutter release.
Quality is obviously important, but don’t forget about cost of equipment and time to scan.
If you plan to do digital photo organizing and gather files in-person with clients then you need a laptop. That said, you don’t need the fastest laptop as you’re just copying files. Maybe you could replace the battery in the laptop for a second wind and use that as your gathering machine. Then you could use the 27″ iMac for the rest of your digital work.
Welcome, Terry. Sounds like you have a good background for this work and the right temperament to enjoy it!
Welcome, JoJo! I think. photo organizing makes for a great and flexible side gig…or main gig!
Bridge does have a feature where it can sort files into date-based subfolders, but I think it only works when copying from a memory card. I don’t know of a way to trick it to just work on a hard drive of files.
I’m glad you all found us. When you can get lost in something for hours, that’s a good sign you’ve found something you’re good at and passionate about!