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What is your DAM process?



  • Dave Kelly

    I am sure that Hudson Henry and Scott Davenport have done videos on workflow but they might be only available on On1 Plus

  • Clayton Dool

    All the workflow videos I saw from them (YouTube) were on culling and photo editing. Nothing about final DAM processing.

  • Vinny Giannino

    Although I have been using ON1 for quite a while I am new to the DAM as it never really worked correctly in the past. Never used it in LR for the short time I used it.

    But I am using it now for key words and just started a smart album. I haven't used it to cull or anything like that but it is convenient to search by words and have photos pop up. As far as smart albums, I am using the "X" as the trigger for putting photos in the album.

    I belong to a camera club so I share my photos there fduring competitions and on-line on either the club's FB page or the ON1 FB page. I am printing out some of my work and hanging it up at my job so that I can view them while working.

  • Jerry Hall

    Good question.  Look forward to others responses.  

    I use a Mac and use Photos smart album for culling, keyword global search, access across all my devices.  When traveling iPad + Photos is my tool for gathering new pics, one click quick "develop", then export best RAW "keepers" to On1 catalogued folder within Google drive for final developing.  This gives me two cloud backups plus time machine.  Fast and easy.  Photos intelligent search (AI image recognition and GPS) is easy and powerful.  Keep original out of camera photo name across Photos and On1 as common link.  This all reduces my dependance on ON1 should I ever decide to evolve.

    Critique welcome...

  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    My process is pretty simple. The key to it is using filenames in the YYYYMMDD - ### format and keeping the photos organized in YYYY and YYYYMMxx folders. Sometimes the folders have a subject or occasion appended. I have 3 Catalogs,

    1. 'My Photography'  for all of my photos
    2. '2019' for just this year because it's faster to navigate
    3. 'New Pix Buffer' Which is a consistent destination for Import and makes accessing and moving new photos much easier.

    This is my procedure...

    1. Use On1 Import to copy from the camera to 'New Pix Buffer' while adding Copyright metadata and initial renumbering to my format. YYYYMMDD CULL ###
    2. Cull photos by using 1,2 or 3 stars. I do that because the 123 is easier to use on the number keypad than P, X and U.
    3. 1=Trash, 2=Not the best, but keep it, 3=Worthy of editing.
    4. Delete all of the 1-star photos
    5. Add metadata including a To-Do keyword to the photos that I plan to do first. They are automatically collected in a Smart Album.
    6. Select all and rename using my preferred format. YYYYMMDD - ###
    7. While still selected, create a new folder to move photos to. the Folder name is already set, just need to delete the number from the end.
    8. Drag the folder to the current month on the Left
    9. All exported files also use the same filename which points to its exact location in the folder structure.

    This screenshot shows the folder structure, catalogues and keywords used.

  • Vinny Giannino

    Rick brings up a good point which I left out ... I import/copy my photos onto my hard drive either by "name of destination" month year or reverse order. It makes it easy to find stuff ... it comes from  DOS and Windows and works well for me outside of the DAM.


  • Lieven Lema

    My workflow depends on the number of pictures I took.

    Below 10:

    - open ON1, import in the drive where I keep every picture, using the keywords  and the YY/MM//DD folder system

    More than 10

    - ingest with Photo Mechanic, much quicker.

    I don't bother below 10 pictures, ON1 PR has become pretty quick, and in future I'll probably don't need PM anymore.

    Love ON1 PR, nuff said. :-)


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