Is there an easy way for me to have the same Version in two different projects? Say I want a folder with the version-master but i also want to have some source material for another project that also can easily get to this image? I mean, I'd like the Project with the image and the Albums that I am working on to be in the same folder.
Do I have to re-import the image again in order to do this??
hotwheels 22 wrote:
Can I ask you if you see any important differences between organizing by theme outside of Aperture by folder before import and assiging keyword to the images upon import - as compared to getting the images into themed Projects from withing aperture and then assigning a keyword once you have them organized into Projects?
I see. You are saying to do this as they come in and to put them all into one great big Project but am I correct in assuming you don't see any problem dividing them up into many Projects instead of one big one?
I was assuming from some of your other posts the files were ALREADY existing in themed folders somewhere. I was suggesting a way that you could automatically assign keywords as they are imported, since it seemed like such a daunting task to keyword them individually. It's my inherent laziness that made me suggest that.
I don't really see any difference in how you organize your library. I would encourage you however to start keywording and I just thought this would be an easy way to get it underway. Filtering your library by keyword or combinations of keywords and other metadata is an imensly powerful feature. It's probably the main reason I switched from PhotoShop and Adobe Camera Raw. I'm very happy to be free of the file tree.
Actually, the advice from the other guy is good. You should just buckle down and do the legwork now so you can leverage the power of the program later. Use themed projects if you want to, but I wouldn't advise having multiple versions just for the sake of seeing them in different collections.
Here's where I would ultimately want to end up if I were in your shoes. Put simply, I'd like to have a single master file for any given photo living in a project that made sense for it to be in so I could easily find it when needed. I would have versions of that master living in the same project so I could easily find the different ways I have processed the master in one place.
I would keyword these in a way that was usefull for me. For you this might be your themes and sub-themes. I would then have smart albums to collect based on keyword or keywords: IE collections. I'd probably also have some dumb albums that I'd manually fill which I'd make on the fly as needed. And delete when done without fear that I'm losing anything but that temporary collection. Sometimes I use the light table for this..
I would avoid duplicate versions as much as possible. There's no reason for it. It's simply what's known in all computing as version control. If you have duplicates multiplying all over the place for the sake of being able to see them in different collections, and later decide that this photo should really have a different white balance for EG, you have to hunt them all down and change all of them. If you only change one, then you're left not knowing for sure which one it was when you need it later.
Likewise, as our skill progresses what was once a 5 star photo will in the future be a 1 star. If you have multiple versions you have to individually change all of them. If you have only one version in the library that shows up in multiple albums you only have to edit that one and all the others instances follow suit.
There'd be nothing wrong with having themed folders and the same theme as a keyword if you'd like to keep your projects organized in this way. If a photo has multiple themes just add more keywords and it'll show up in multiple collections. Some of my photos have 5 or 6 keywords.
You might consider importing your theme folders of files into similarly themed projects and applying a themed keyword thru the preset. But turn on 'don't import duplicates'. Then all you have to do is individually apply another theme keyword to have it show up in a different theme album as well.
The real beauty of this kind of approach, rather than an old school file tree type thing, is that it's very easy to sort your photos by different criteria on the fly as needed. It's a fluid file system. Not locked down. Not easily mucked up.
For what it's worth, I have projects by shoot in folders by theme. I have albums to see sub-themes across the entire library. It's a beautiful thing.