I have to try REALLY hard no to tell people they are holding the lens "wrong", i.e, with 4 fingers ON TOP of the lens, not underneath.
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1. Place card in USB 3.0 card reader.
2. Run script (I am in IT) to move everything to c:\pixtemp\<YYYY-MM-DD>. This is an SSD. I copy here to drastically speed up PS work. Now the card is clean for the next session.
3. Open PS, drag .CR2s in, it opens them in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). I have opened 500 at a time without an issue. That many would take a minute or so. Just guessing, I could benchmark it if anybody's interested.
4. Do a cursory glance at each pic, deleting any obviously bad ones. This is probably over half or so.
5. Exit ACR (this will perform the actual delete).
6. Drop .CR2s back in, do more detail edits, repeat as necessary.
7. When done, move files from c:\pixtemp to d:\pictures\<YYYY-MM-DD> on slower, larger storage, still on PC.
8. Automated script runs periodically to back them up to my NAS in the house.
I haven't embraced Lightroom (yet); I don't like the library concept, I can organize them myself and I like to be agnostic, not locked into the Adobe way of doing that. This allows me flexibility in organization tools.
One of these days I'll buy a large portable storage disk and occasionally back files up to it and keep it at the office for offsite storage. Hope this helps.
@dawgfanjeff: Do you edit your images more or less only in ACR and then if image require any additional processing in PS you go there. Or do you do everything only in PS?
Your brother in law probably thinks his "amazing" things are totally banal, derivative junk!Caveat: Art is in the eye of the beholder, it's all subjective.
Actually, I have a personal anecdotal story on this.
When I was in high school I attended drawing classes at a private evening school. In my opinion I suck at drawing and everything I drew was awful. However, my parents kept everything, for some reason.
Years later, my sister married an architect who draws (and designs) amazing things. One day he went through my "paintings" and decided that he liked one of them so much, he put it on his living room wall. At first I thought he's messing with me, but after years and years of the painting remaining on his wall I have come to terms with the fact that we have very different ways of viewing the world.