Happy New Year everybody!
A question for my photographer colleagues and friends – are you ready for the new year?
There are a number of maintenance jobs which need doing as the year kicks over from 2013 to 2014. To help me remember to get these things done before April, I thought I’d take time to share them with you now.
Change those copyright dates.
A good idea, eh? But easily overlooked. There are three places where your copyright information may be held or displayed:
- in your camera,
- in your software, and also
- on your website
In your camera
Many cameras can embed user-defined copyright text into the metadata; remember to update this to 2014 – and if you haven’t entered any, then now might be a good time to make a start! Okay, it might be fiddly, but it is well worth doing.
And while you are playing with the settings, go and make sure your date and time are telling the truth too!
In your software
Users of Lightroom will need to change the copyright year in your metadata presets. In the Library module, display the Metadata panel, then select Preset: then Edit Presets:
Once modified, click the Preset drop down and Save current settings as new preset. G’wan, it won’t take long to do!
Photo Mechanic users, being the grizzled, hard-core sports-shooters that they are, will have modified the Stationery Pad before they leave home for every game, and will need absolutely no reminder to modify those Image Rights. At least, I hope so!
On your website
Finally, don’t forget your website. We look at everybody else’s websites, but always forget to look at our own, don’t we!
Copyright notices are frequently placed in the footer element of each page, and it’s a good idea for you to ring in the new year. There’s nothing worse than seeing a copyright notice that’s a couple of years out of date – it makes the site look cobwebby and unloved!
Other than copyright dates, what else? Well, we could think about our filing system.
Make a home for your New Year photos
Somebody’s grandmother once said “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place“. (Now, some of you may think that she deserves to have been shot in front of her family – but I’ll leave that judgement to you.)
Lightroom users who use a Year/Month folder structure in which to keep their files should remember to create a new folder for 2014, and create an 01 folder nice and ready for January’s photos. (Hint: use 01, 02 etc. rather than January, February etc. as this keeps the months in order). (No, I don’t have OCD – I have CDO. It’s like OCD, but the letters have to be in alphabetical order!) Photo Mechanic users may well be doing this automatically.
So, there you go! If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, let me know in the comments below.
It remains for me to wish you a peaceful – and prosperous – New Year.