Database work

Polar Bear and iceberg

Just a friendly piece of advice for starting photographers. Make sure you have a proper database program (like Aperture or Lightroom) and make also sure you use that function to catalogue your pictures in a decent way. With your first 1000 pictures you might be able to remember all of them and find each picture back quickly, but when your database gets larger you’ll get into trouble.

The last years I’ve tried to keep up with the new pictures,but the first 8000-orso pictures were just one big pile, no system (apart from the date), no keywords. Only a selection of the best pictures (at least what I thought to be the best at that time) was nicely catalogued, the others unfindable. A large part of this weekend was spent sorting my now 13.566 pictures into projects. I’m getting somewhere now, but I’m definitely not there yet. And then comes the job of adding keywords to them all and assigning the right places on the map…. So I’m not there yet, in fact, I think I’ve just started. The nice thing though, is that I discover more and more nice pictures that I didn’t even know I had. The picture above is one of them.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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