Folder structure: Should I separate raw/jpg?

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Jesperben
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Folder structure: Should I separate raw/jpg?

Post by Jesperben » 09 Aug 20 14:46

Hi

I know it's an old question, but I couldn't find many answers - maybe they were in the old IDI-forum. :)

Should I separate my raw and jpg-files in two different folders?

I use the directory structure Top->1980->1981->01 (Top->decade->year->month) as my pictures are mostly old. Almost all pictures are in two files from the scanning company or from the camera - raw (or tiff) and jpg.

- Should I separate the raw/tiff and jpg in separate folders?
- Which type should be in the subfolder?

And another issue:
- After importing and cataloging the files, should I make the raw-versions read only?

Thank your for your help.
Trying to get a lot of old pictures out to the family

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Re: Folder structure: Should I separate raw/jpg

Post by G8DHE » 09 Aug 20 14:54

Not sure that there is a specific answer.
A lot will depend on your workflow, you can always choose what type of file to display using the filter options if they are all in the same folder.
There might be an argument to say that if you can separate the RAW and processed images onto physically separate disks there might be a small improvement in resilience should a physical disk fail, but failure rates are pretty low these days as it is.
Geoff Mather (G8DHE)

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Re: Folder structure: Should I separate raw/jpg?

Post by Mke » 15 Aug 20 23:16

Jesperben wrote:
09 Aug 20 14:46
Should I separate my raw and jpg-files in two different folders?
That's my preference. That way I keep easily select from only those images of a specific type - or all of them - without filtering within PSU, and I also find it useful when processing them (with DXO, in my case):

|
|-Processed JPGs
|......|_RAW
|......|_DNG
|......|_etc.
|
Jesperben wrote:
09 Aug 20 14:46
- After importing and cataloging the files, should I make the raw-versions read only?
I don't, because I always want to write metdata to the RAW file (because the risk of the metadata becoming separated from the image over historical timescales is huge).

But you'll find another group who will only save metadata to sidecars and therefore may well lock their RAWs (because they fear data corruption).

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Re: Folder structure: Should I separate raw/jpg?

Post by Jesperben » 27 Aug 20 13:17

Thank you Geoff and Mike

I'll follow your advice, since I have to do some reordering anyway. This must be an opportunity to separate those filetypes.

Rgds
Jesper
Trying to get a lot of old pictures out to the family

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