MacWorld continues to buzz on. The Keynote yesterday was incredible and, along with many of the other Inside Aperture bloggers, I was lucky enough to have a great seat right up front. Both the AppleTV and the iPhone look great and it looks like i’ll be picking up one of each as soon as they ship. The amount of activity on the show floor started high right after the keynote and picked on up from there. I thought it might be a little quieter today, but that wasn’t the case. If anything, there was more buzz today than yesterday on the show floor—at least where I was spending all of my time.
Since it’s Wednesday, it means that I’m at the half way point of my job here. This part of shooting an event centers all around capture. It’s a circular process of shooting, importing cards of data into Aperture (and making backup copies), and then shooting some more. For the particular job I’m on, I have the luxury of not needing to make final picks at this point. There’s no pressing need for immediate picture delivery. This lets me focus on capture. So, at this point, my use of Aperture is constrained to uploading my files and then browsing them to get a sense of how the shoot is going.
The workflow I’m using right now goes something like this:
- Import my images from CompactFlash into Aperture.
- Copy the images from CompactFlash onto a separate external hard drive.
- Sort through the newly imported images and find all the ones that are obviously bad.
- Find the images that are really good and mark those so that I have an idea of what I’ve got in the bag—and what I still need to do.
- Erase the CompactFlash cards by formatting them in my camera.
You’ll notice that erasing the images isn’t something I do with my laptop. I only erase cards after I’ve copied the images to 2 different hard drives. For paying gigs, I can’t stress enough how important it is that you make sure that you can always get back to your original files if something goes wrong.
As I import the images, I’ve found that it’s important to do as much in the Import Panel as possible. This means setting the auto-stacks settings appropriate as well as adding in all the right metadata. For example, here’s a screenshot of one of my imports:
The stacks that are formed by the Auto-stacks feature are, for me at least, a temporary grouping. I’ll typically refine these stacks by splitting or joining after import. But it’s nice to have a sense of grouping on the first run through a shoot. As for the metadata, here’s what I set on import:
By setting this metadata here, I only need to add the Headline and Caption fields for the individual images as I work my way through them. The data that’s the same for all of the images is already taken care of.
This is all pretty straightforward. The important part of managing photos at this stage in your workflow is consistency. This means making sure that you do the same routine each and every time you dump in your cards will help make sure that you do the right thing even after being up on your feet for 12 hours straight.