I have recently started shooting in RAW format only and currently looking to come up with a simple folder structure to organize processed files before I start importing all the images into Lightroom.
I want to organize the images in E\Photos\Year\Event\ however unsure regarding subfolder structure within \Year\Event\. Two of the options I am considering are as follows:
> Option 1 - event subfolders: Create 4 different event subfolders titled “Capture”, Selects”, “Master” and “Output” (all sub-folders synchronized in Lightroom?):
- Capture: All RAW images are placed here.
- Selects: After basic edits are done, images exported as TIFs. Ready for editing in Photoshop.
- Master: For layered TIF or PSD files. This file will be used to go back and further make edits.
- Output: JPEG exports placed here after editing is complete and ready to be printed or uploaded to the web. Exports are no are deleted when no longer in need.
So option 1 structure looks like this:
E\Photos\2015\Japan\Master\20150130-Japan-0001.TIFF (or PSD?)
> Option 2 - only one event folder: This houses all RAW, TIFF, TIFF/PSD and JPEG images:
E\Photos\2015\Japan\20150130-Japan-0001.TIFF (or PSD?)
JPEG exports are still deleted when no longer in need.
I am not clear regarding following:
- What happens down the track if this particular RAW format is no longer supported by OS/other softwares? Should I be exporting all RAW files to TIFFs by default after basic editing is done?
- Should I be synchronizing all RAW, TIFF, TIFF/PSD and JPEG files (if I wish to keep the output/export files) into Lightroom?
- Advantages of using Lighroom for basic editing over Adobe Camera RAW?
Any feedback on these two structure options or insight on how you guys are organizing your RAW, intermediary and output files would be really apprecaited.
Thanks in advance!