[KPhotoAlbum] Streamlining my workflow

Risto H. Kurppa risto at kurppa.fi
Mon Jan 12 06:36:46 GMT 2015


I usually do step 2 ie. removing the obviously unusable ones before reading
the files into KPA & generating thumbs. I ususally use Gwenview for this.

Robert, how about making steps 2 and 3 (ie. reading files into KPA and
deleting the bad ones) in parallel?
After copying, start KPA to find new files and generate thumbs and at the
same time use Gwenview to already start going through the bad ones?
Then in the end in KPA select 'view files not on disk' and remove those
from KPA?

Just an idea.


On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM, Robert Krawitz <rlk at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> I'd like to find a way to streamline my workflow (and see if anyone
> else has a similar situation, which I'd think is quite common).
> I photograph a lot of basketball and (American) football games for the
> school I went to years ago.  I also shoot the occasional wedding.  I
> typically wind up with 1500-2000 frames per game.  A couple of times
> I've had multiple events in one day and wind up with closer to 4000
> frames.  So everything I can do to streamline the experience is
> welcome.
> My usual workflow is as follows:
> 1) Download photos.
> 2) Read them into kpa.
> 3) Do an initial scan to knock out everything that's not potentially
>    usable (out of focus, lighting bad, view blocked, whatever).  This
>    is usually 20-25% of everything.
> 4) Do a second scan to find the images that I do want to use.  For
>    games, this is typically 250-500 frames (more for football, fewer
>    for basketball).  For weddings, this will usually be just about
>    everything that's left.
> 5) Copy them out of kpa.
> 6) Post-process (crop if need be, shrink image size if they're going
>    on the web).
> 7) Upload to my web site or copy to a flash drive for distribution.
> How I
> 1) Download photos.  I have a script I've written to extract the shots
>    from the memory card(s) and stick them in the appropriate
>    directories.  This can take a little while, but only in the sense
>    that 10 GB of data doesn't transfer instantaneously, and there's
>    probably very little I can do to optimize this.
> 2) Fire up kpa, let it read in the new images and build thumbnails for
>    them.  This again is time consuming.  It takes longer than
>    downloading the photos.  It takes longer because kpa has to read in
>    the "bad" shots as well as the good ones, but I don't see an
>    obvious way around that.
>    At this point, I also apply a keyword (key phrase, really) for the
>    event I'm cataloguing.
> 3) This step is tedious.  I do it by tokening each bad shot with "K"
>    and afterwards deleting everything with that tag.  This
>    unfortunately means that for the shots I eliminate I have to use
>    key strokes -- K and space -- which slows things down a bit.  I've
>    been thinking I'd like a way to apply a token and move on in one
>    keystroke, but it occurred to me that I could simply hit the delete
>    key in the viewer, which removes the image from the current image
>    set.  At the end, I could apply a token to all of the remaining
>    images, and then select images with the keyword that don't have the
>    token as the ones I want to get rid of.
> 4) This step is also tedious; I do it the same way.
> 5) The new-ish right click to copy images is very useful here.
>    Everything else is done outside of kpa.
> I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on this...
> --
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