Collecting, collating and preserving visual assets
Whether you're a serious amateur seeking to organize all those family and travel photos or a professional who has been tasked with making sense of a corporate image collection, there are three basic components to archiving visual assets: hardware, software and process.
But in order to fully understand how those three components relate to your needs, I want you to get out a piece of paper or open a text editor and jot down the answers to the following three questions:
- Why do I want to organize my photos?
- How much time can I spend creating my image library?
- How much money can I spend?
If you're planning to organize a personal photo collection, the necessary tools will probably cost about $500 to set up properly. You will also have to allocate the time necessary to learn any new software as well as the time to actually do the cataloging and tagging of your photos.
A large corporate collection might cost no more than $2000 to set up but the real cost is the ongoing maintenance. Corporate entities will most likely have a full time asset manager as part of their print and editorial departments.
Naturally the digital asset managing work-flow you develop will arise out of the what suits you and your needs, not what works for me or anyone else. It's your time and your money. I just want to help you spend them both wisely and efficiently.
The rest is up to you.
Drop me a line. I might be able to help.
Organizing your digital files can seem daunting but if do it now and do it right you will thank yourself in years to come.