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this thing was really kind of about file organization and keeping ourselves kind of situated outside the editing room. We're to talk a little bit about transferring edits between the two programs, but kind of the core of this is really about. How do I kind of keep myself organized? Even though Sisi has got everything up in the cloud and the interfaces simplified? Still finding things keeping ourselves organized for our own way is something that's really important. And before we jump into that, I didn't want to spend a few minutes to talk about cloud hard drives, stories, just those concepts in general because, you know, if I look at my entire collection of photography and I'm really honest with myself, like brutally honest with myself, I probably got 50 100 photographs of my own creative work that, like would break my heart. I would like to wither away if they were lost, and I have family photographs that are incredibly important, to be invaluable, that I would hate to lose, but I got ...
a lot of stuff that if it disappeared like probably would necessarily remember, and I think most photographers were that way. They have way more photos, and they want some things. They've never looked at some things they need to read it again. And so the other thing is, if we're honest with ourselves, unless you are at the pinnacle of awesomeness, you probably got stuff everywhere. I equate it to like photographers or, like people like neat freak. People have the junk drawer. Photographers have multiple junk drawers, They call them hard drives. Okay? And we have photos and, like, I'm not sure if I have imported that I'm not sure what's on that hard drive. I don't even know where that lives. I kind of remember I had this photograph and we get stuck in this kind of weird space of where everything is. And part of that is because we're creating dated a volume that we weren't, you know, engineered or designed a store or holding organized. Our brains aren't designed to remember where 300,000 photographs are. So that's one of the reasons we look to a program like like like Room is Well, how do I store and organize? But we also are creating more and more and more and more photographs. So what started off as I only need this much space quickly turns into this much based turns into this much space, and the management of how doe I continue to grow and move is important. The other thing around that is, if you have never had a hard drive die, it's on Lee, because in the structure of the way the world Works, years hasn't died yet. There is no way around not having a computer failure. And if you think it's not catastrophically Dane damaging, go sit at a computer repair shop, go to a place where somebody brings in their laptop and they're literally like my entire life is here. So I used to do phone support for Adobe. That was my first job, not my first job, but my first kind of tech job. And I did phone support and people call up and you're like, Oh, this file won't open. Get a type Air 56 you like. Let's go to your backup. I don't have a backup. We've spent seven months building this catalog. Can you don't have a backup, right? So if we don't have a backup somewhere and we lose, the hard drive of the computer dies it's gone. There is no magic thing that brings it back. When I was doing, I t support people. Lily thought it was like we told people to reboot because we found them annoying and that we also had magic pixie dust that we could just Sprinkle over the thing and everything would magically work. There is no magic pixie dust when it comes to storing files. The benefit of a cloud and the cloud is just the Internet in the storage up in the Internet, so it's not attached to your computer. The benefit of cloud storage is that it's up somewhere where multiple copies have theoretically been made. So ah, file gets uploaded and Adobe is gonna put that on multiple computers, or Dropbox puts it on multiple computers. If one of those computers died and failed, the file live somewhere else. So there is this kind of hot backup that we exist up there, and we put our blind faith and blind trust into that that will be there. And so one of the things people asking about where would I store files in the cloud? Well, a large company that's been around for years, it has heavy infrastructure. I would trust more than I found this place that will do cloud storage. They'll store terabytes for 40 cents a month. Mike. Yeah, it's some guy's garage with a hard drive plugged in and the power goes out. You're done so we don't want to be in that position. So we need to be someplace where there's reliable storage. The other thing is storages getting cheaper and cheaper and cheaper. But it's also difficult to move things up to the cloud. So I'm fortunate where I live that we've got gigabit Ethernet. So my house things move up and down. I get all happy. I'm moving stuff to the cloud down. Then, like, go to a hotel where I'm shooting on sight and I, like, start to transfer my photos. And I'm like one of 1000. How about cool? So I go and I watch Binge watch four seasons of game of Thrones. Okay, that's like 40 hours and come back and it's like two of 1000. So to get something up into the cloud, it has to move over your Internet connection speed, and that's entirely variable. As we technology evolves as we move into five g wireless and things like that will get more speed. That will become a little bit easier. But for today we have this cloud where things got multiple copies is reliable. Cos things are gonna be stored hard drive fails. It's up in the cloud. We're in a better position. That being said, things happen. Computers die, machines die, worked in I operations, data centers and we lost. There were times we lost full databases. Sometimes we had to goto restore data from a week ago between anything in the last week might not be there. And if you read your terms of service, that we does. But if you dio, there is no 100% guarantee that your datas infallibly protected. So I think the accountability sits on us to make sure we have multiple copies of our data. So that means a little cloud storage in a local little local stories, little hard drive storage. So we're in a more protected state. The other thing is, when people are hard drive only and they say, Well, I have a backup, So I have my hard drive. And then I went, I bought my other hard drive When I make my copy and I keep everything good there and we live and I live in Seattle, we have an earthquake, my house has smashed and both my copies of my hard drives were sitting there. A date is gone as well, so I think there's the answer to this question of Cloud Local is not. It's kind of like using CC and classic Sisi. It's a hybrid of both is really what's what kind of probably makes sense for most people. We want to use the cloud to back up in store things that we have access to it wherever we are. It also can act as an insurance policy, anything I haven't Adobes cloud. If my hard drives died at the house, adobes got that copy stored somewhere wherever their data centers are, and I could get those files back. So I've got my little insurance policy there, and at the same time, if something happened to Adobe Cloud and I've got my local hard drive, I'm in a position having in both places. So as you start to think about, how do I store my data? Where do I put my data? Even if I'm mobile only And the question we had prior to the break about what if I want to download in store? I always download my photos out of the cloud and store them locally. That's just my workflow. I'm comfortable with that. I as much as I believe that Adobe will hold my photographs, keep my photograph safe, keep them happy, love them, feed them, do all the things that needs to happen to him. If I have the local copy, I sleep better at night. Okay, it's the insurance policy. If something happens to the cloud, we have a drought. Clouds go away at my local copy. I also tell people from a Data stories perspective, you don't have a copy of your photograph until you have at least two copies in your photograph, and you don't have a backup of your photograph until you have three copies of your photograph. So the second copy is the insurance against the first, but the real backup is kind of 1/3 1 and that's why I go back to my original statement of I probably got 100 150 photographs that would break my heart if I lost so if I'm looking at, well, I've got my hard drive that has all my photographs on them and I'm not sure about cloud stuff. I'm not sure if I want to trust that I want it. I would make a copy of those 1 50 I would put them in the club. I would use Dropbox and use Adobe. I do something and get my data into that cloud environment, even if it's just parked there. And we could do that easily through the collection, work in light room and I'll show you quickly how to build a collection to do that little export. But least that way I know my most important stuffs backed up. I know certain photographers. They literally the loop is Everything's in the cloud and everything's local and it's synchronized and kept playing my own workflow. All of my digital assets, all my digital photographs videos are actually stored locally on a set of drives backed up locally instead of drives, and then there back hauled into ah, long term vaulted storage solution online for the cloud and then that way, if there was a fire at the house, the studio in the studio burned down, I could slowly trickle on my data back out of that, that long term archives. That's my third copy off site secondary stories. And I just made the decision based on price and doing a little investigation on the work to figure those pieces out. But that third copy King from that. So all of that being said, we come back to light room. Sisi, I'm working mobile. I'm shooting mobile. Okay, maybe I only have an IPad. I would shoot him. Uses much of my stories of my IPad to start local copies as well. Just in case something happened. If I had access to the computer, I would install light room. CCNET would download those local copies of all the files at some point to make sure I got those. I could also use the adobe downloader tool that we mentioned and if you cancel the account, I just opened down with my photos that way. But I want to get that local kind of secondary copy. I think that's important for us to come in and and get a hold of as we talk about the workflow and kind of the organization moving forward it's geared a little bit in mind to this. Some things move to the cloud, these things air coming back local in an attempt to get these multiple copies made. So I just bring that up because it may seem a little convoluted and it's gonna walk to the workflow more than once to give you a couple of different options of how to see it. But it's really about how do you find what works for you? Because here's the other thing about workflow, and I'll reiterate this when we talk about editing workflow. I spent more time and money and energy learning other people's work flows, and I would watch them and I'd be like, Oh, she just found every photo she was looking for in like, four seconds. And I'm like, How much money does that cost? And she's like, Well, you know, the classes, a $1,000,000, I'm like, Here's $3 billion. Okay, I need that and I go home and I start to implement the workflow, and I'm like, I understand, Why would you do like that? That makes no sense to me. Why would you do that? Like my brain just doesn't work that way. So part of workflow is you got to think about your natural tendency. My best friend I've had for 25 years in Seattle. Russ To say he's O C D compulsive would be an understatement. Taipei People look at Russ and Amanda. Guys organized. Okay, so Russ goes through and literally everything's got a label on it. It's got the perfect set of keywords, and the thing is, he's happy. He's like, do to do to do, looking me, keyword in looking me, putting stuff in folders. Look at that. I got the weapon colors on it. I'm like, How could you enjoy that? You're spending more time. Key word in that photograph, it is likey. Working is the best. He's like, Oh, man, I photograph to keyword. Okay, that's his brain. So if he's teaching you how to be organized into your workflow and he's teaching you like this is the cool keyword system and you build a hierarchy, get tasting this and this. And then look, you just search for that one keyword Poof. You have exactly what you want and you're like, Wow, you do have exactly what you want, and then you sit down and you're like Bear, don't. My God likes killing. Okay? Other people are like, Oh, no, My workflow is the infinite scroll. I got 475,000 photographs in my catalogue. And you want that one photograph of that baby with a red bow on their head? Cool. We're just gonna start at the top back in, like, 1900 we're gonna scroll. Let me know if you see it. So I might blow bikes were going fast. That's people's workflow, because that's what they know. So part of what we're gonna discuss today's and workflow is here's what's possible. But you really need to be honest with yourself. You need to say, Look, I'm type A I'm going typing. Lean into it, Embrace your weirdness If you're not, type A and you're like my world is the junk drawer. Okay, my brother was that way. You walk in my brother's house and you were like, Dude, he's like what this is You can't You can't live in this. And he's like, really what you need. Give me your give me your 1992 tax return. The copy of it. He's like, OK and he walks over and they go, Hey, little he knew everything. Wasit seemed to disarrayed to me, but he little he knew everything. Waas That's the way his brain work. So you lean into your weirdness, embrace it and know that your workflow will be different than everybody else's. And that's cool. It's finding what works for you. You're gonna spend too much time trying to be somebody else's workflow. They're gonna get stuck. That being said this afternoon, I'm going to exactly the very specific order you have to edit into. Your photos won't work. Okay, so we get our cloud stuff. We gotta clouds. We get our data sorted. We get moved in the other pieces. Wherever you're at today. No matter how bad you think it is, we can fix it. We can back out of the system. We can start over. That may mean let's just re import everything and start from scratch. Some people are in that position. It's just faster the baseline back to zero. Other times it's getting a little more organized, and that's where some of the tools and C C come into play. I think if you embrace your oddities, a little bit. You might be able to find them while there's some tools and see, See that actually, help me. Really Kind of let go with some of my anxiety. My key wording. I was able to let go because of the searching in C. C. So I got to do a little work to make sure what I'm looking for is available to be searched. But that let me go. The fact that I don't keyword and when I do keyword there weird keywords at one point I keyword of the word horizontal and I keyword of the word vertical because I didn't know what you were supposed to keyword. I'm like that. The vertical horizontal. Why would you keep word that I don't know, so just didn't work for me?
Wonderful class! I am 100% new to any editing tool, but wanted to be able to learn basic edits as well as categorize my photos. Daniel Gregory is able to convey his vast knowledge in such a relaxed, easy to understand way, that I was instantly drawn in. I am admittedly "electronically challenged" and just started a journey into Lightroom CC. After taking this course with Daniel Gregory, I am not only amazed as to the abilities of Lightroom CC and feel much less "overwhelmed" with the program, but am also extremely excited to learn more! Definitively recommend 100%
Daniel Gregory is an outstanding teacher. Simple to learn. Easy to remember. His teaching style is relaxed - but very informative. This is the best Lightroom CC presentation I have had. Bravo!
Such a great class! Daniel is so knowledgeable about the whole LR ecosystem and explains complex details clearly. There's so much valuable content packed into this class. I highly recommend for those moving from LR Classic to CC (mobile LR) and for those who are new to LR CC altogether. Highly recommend.