C1is different from Aperture - here is one way to deal with it.
Camera to PC
- Take the photographs - obviously ;-)
- remove card from camera - (C1 will want to Tether if you try to connect your camera directly to your PC) - connect card reader to PC with C1 already running.
- A new window will pop up titled Import Images. You can also click on the downward pointing arrow icon(top left) to start the Import process.
- Side Panel lets you set where to IMPORT TO - Choose Folder (e,g, external HD) I am choosing to make my files Referenced rather than stored within C1 on my PC itself. This will be space effective.
- Click Import all - or select only the thumbs that you want. (e.g. you may have 50 older images still on your camera card that have already been uploaded. C1 does not know to prevent duplicate uploads).
- It should really be called Db-DAM. The Digital Assets to be Managed (photos) are going to be Referenced in a DataBase but not the image files themselves.
- The images have been stored on our external HD and the Import window has closed. So where are the images?
- Still in the LIBRARY tab, go down to Folders. Listed there are the folders on the external HD that contain the RAW files.
- Select the appropriate folder, and watch the thumbnails show up. Now get to work on improving the image.
Moving Stuff Around
- If you unplug your external HD an icon will indicate that the RAW files ore offline. You can still edit the images in C1. You are actually working on the Preview images but the adjustments are being written to the C1 database.
- Now you may need the originals on your PC (as opposed to lugging around an external drive). With your image thumbnails in view, click on the LIBRARY tab. Right under Folders, you will see Catelog. Currently, there are no images in the Catelog since they are all on the external HD. Select the Thumbnails you need and Drag them onto the Catelog heading. (No you can not drag the folder, just the thumbs!)
- Notice that Catelog now has a number after it indicating the number of images you dragged there, and the thumbs have disappeared from the current window. If you click on Catelog, you will once again see the images therein.
- Once back in the shop, you can drag the thumbs from the Catelog and put them back on your external HD. Keep in mind, all the adjustments have been recorded in the Database and the Database is keeping track of where the RAW are currently living.
- By using an External Hard Drive to keep my RAW files, I have virtually unlimited storage available. My PC just has to keep track of where the images are and what adjustments have been made via the C1 engine. Additionally, I can keep a huge library of images (Online and Offline) at my fingertips without their bulk of bytes actually being on the PC.
- C1 also allows you to make User Collections to sort your photos. For example, some of my Scenic photos have really interesting sky and cloud formations. So I can drag my thumbnail into the Sky collection AND the Scenic collection to make it easy to find these particular shots. The images themselves are not duplicated. The use of Key-wording is not very convenient in C1, but the ability to sort into User Collections can be really useful.
- Similarly, you can create Smart Albums that automatically hold 3 star rated images, or red dot images. There are a bunch of criteria you can customise.
- Since these collections will only span a single Catelog, some thought should be given to what photos are in the Catelog. By using Referenced setup (using external HD) you can keep a ton of images handy in your Catelog without maxing out your PC’s storage drive.
Hard Drives Will Fail !!!
- It is just a matter of time. Drives go sour!
- Back up your drives to other drives.
- So Drive 1 craps out - no chance of recovering data!
- Plug in Drive 2 (the backup). Go down to the Folders where the Offline symbol is showing. Right click on the line and select from the drop down menu “Locate„,” C1 will re-find your files in the new location and all is well.
- Also remember to backup your C1 Catelog file - the database - on a regular basis. If you totally lose the Catelog file, all your adjustments etc. will be gone, but you will still have your RAW files on other drives.
- Give some thought to using good, meaningful names for your file folders. We are no longer restricted to 8 dot 3 naming (yah I’m an old fart).
- One suggestion for dates in file folder name is YYYYMMDD_subject. This means you can always sort by yearmonthday and your file system will keep things in chronological order.
- It took me a while to get comfortable with the C1 DAM, but it now makes sense to me. Experiment with a small sample of your work until you can be sure that precious stuff does not get lost! Import a few non-critical images, move them around, see how the program reacts.
- Then get on with making great images.
- BTW - PhaseOne has some excellent tutorials online that cover this subject very well. Sometimes, you just have to read another version before it all comes clear. Hope this works for you.