Friday, February 02, 2007

Iviewmedia Pro

The exercise to archive and catalog my images has been going of for more than a year now. It started before I took my sabbatical last year. It has been a long arduous journey. However, last week, all my personal work for the last two years were uploaded to network storage drives and cataloged with Iviewmedia Pro. I have had the programme for over a year but this was the first time I had a substantial amount of images cataloged.

I must say that it was a pleasant surprise for me. It was quite a kick seeing all the photographs that I have taken from simple digital capture to my latest personal projects. The catalog previews were fast. And I was able to start creating sets for my portfolio and other catergorizations. I was worried that the learning curve would be steep, but after making a few decisions on how previews should be made, the rest of the Iviewmedia Pro is quite intuitive. In fact, I was able to pick out some duplicated files immediately.

Although Iviewmedia Pro is not an essential tool to have as a photographer. I realised how useful such a cataloging tool can be in maintaining portfolio sets and organising images for tasks like exhibition planning and reviewing one's photographic progress.

As important as photography is to a photographer, that is not the end all and be all. Organisation and a will to review one's work enables the photographer to have a deeper understanding of his or her own strengths and weaknesses. With respect to this, a cataloging tool is very useful, if not essential.

2 comments:

jaizki said...

hi,

how is life? I've been checking your blog all along the trip back home but never found the time to write. I just read your post on the Iviewmedia pro and I am not sure if you purchased it yet or not but I'd like to recommend you 'extensis portfolio', I think it has some more features that make ti worth a try. Good luck and keep on doing that search of yours.

Heng said...

Hi Jaizki, I hope that you are well too. Congratulations on you trip. I am sorry that I did not have anything to say on your blog.

Things are very well for me. I have a good team at The Pond and better equipment. I think my time in Chicago is paying off as well. I think you have seen yourself, there is, I feel, more focus in my work.

I will keep going. I will be in Tuscany in July/August for more workshops. This time with Antonin Kratchovil and Andreas Bitesnich.