A wooden rail with the words "The media is the virus" written on



I thought I’d break up the family fest of photos by publishing this image from our meander earlier in the month. I don’t agree with the comment but I thought it made a decent subject. 

Some days the words for this blog are ready to go all formed up in my head. And some days, like today, I got nothin’.

I suppose I can ramble on about media management as far as digital images go because my routine of not formatting a card until I need it again saved my bacon tonight. Before I start this tale, any past, future or potential clients, please take note that I treat my client photographs a lot differently (more backups) from my personal photographs.

Recently I copied the folder that contains all my ASD stuff over to a large external hard drive from my MacBookPro as my two new cameras can chew up to 100 Mb per photo. The external drive is a large (storage capacity) SSD drive so there is no speed loss having it off the primary drive.

This was working so well I deleted the original copy from the laptop.

Tonight when looking for a photograph to add to this post I noticed that there was an exclamation mark over 10 of the images in my software. This means that the software has lost the link to the original RAW file. You see, although I was opening the catalogue (the file that manages the media) from the SSD drive, it was still importing and working with the RAW photographs stored on the laptop.

After I very quickly assessed the situation and came to the correct conclusion I immediately provided an excellent imitation of Roy Kent saying his favourite word.

It was at this point I went to the cameras used for the photographs and was VERY thankful I don’t format a card until I need to use it. The only exception for this is a wedding where the cards all are formatted the night before. It was just a matter of copying the RAW files into the correct folders on the SSD drive and linking them to the photographs in the catalogue. All of the edits made to the photograph were instantly updated and as they say, “Robert’s one of your parent’s brothers!”

So that was my night. The discovery, the investigation, the aforementioned expletive (it really was a good impression) and the solution all added up to being able to publish the photograph I wanted to today.

How was your night?

If you are ever hit very hard over the head and want me to go into my methods of DAM (digital asset management) especially as it pertains to photography, I’m pretty sure I’m good for a thousand words or more.

In fact, please hit me up with anything photography related as I’m running out of ideas to write about! 

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate your time and interest. Talk to you soon. Stay safe.




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Photo Information: 
Nikon Z6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1:2.5 G @ 85mm
1/1600 | f/1.8 | ISO 100
Saturday October 2, 2021 @ 13:20
Seaford, Victoria, Australia

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