Here is what I do, right or wrong...
1) I have something like 30000 picures right now...
2) I use Lightroom as main application
3) I essentially import all pictures as DNG directly from Lightroom
4) They are stored on a 1 TByte RAID-5 server used as NAS. They are stored as ../DNGImp/Year/Month/Day
5) I'm terribly bad at keywording, that's a bad thing!
6) The whole DNGImp folder is backed up to a local disk on my iMac
I generally only process or print a very small portion of my work. Here is what I do:
- I have folders Process_2006, Process_2007, Process_2008
- I have subfolders like Panorama, HDR
- So if I want to make a Panorama from Sella Pass I would export all pictures I would use to
using 16-bit TIFF in Adobe RGB.
Now, I should have an additional backup at a remote site, but I don't have that.
My DNGImp folder is 206GByte
erik-kaffehrs-computer:/Network/Servers/192.168.0.7/srv/Digicams ekr$ du -hs DNGImp/
Mark recently convinced me that using raw instead of jpeg would increase the image quality from my Canon 5D and L lens. He is right, using Photoshops CS raw converter it is possible to further increase the exposure, brightness, white balance, etc and get rid of purple fringing for example.
I already new that raw files from a 5D take about 13MB of disk space, while the jpeg is *only* 5-6mb. However when using Photoshop for raw conversion, a 75mb psd file is created and then I still have to export a suitable jpeg for printing (in a shop, I don't print my self).
This means roughly 90-100mb per image is needed for storage space... I am not shocked about the initial 13mb raw file size, but the total disk space needed is a bit high (although my 300GB disk -excluding 300GB backup disk- is only 25% used at the moment).
I wonder how others manage their raw processing and disk space resources. Do you simply accept the fact you need about 90~100mb per image, or do you have a different approach?
Second I wonder if you process every singly raw file manualy or use photoshops default raw converter settings (use auto adjustmens Ctrl+U) and only do manual processing when needed?