How do I go back and look at what I’ve done in the past photographing a particular subject when I’m going to photograph that subject again? I’ve mention this a few times of late and I’ve been asked just what am I doing, why and how. In order to learn from my own photographs, I first have to have them organized. Then I need to finish those I like, have those organized and searchable. There are many, many ways you can do this, what’s here is simply the way I prefer. All my finished photos are PSDs that I save in folders separate from their original Raws. I view these finished files, what I call my Gallery Images using Bridge. This is the only way and time I use Bridge and I depend on it as an essential tool for our business.

I have opened my folder called Statics in Bridge (above). The one I’ve mentioned of late is my folder, Locations (not above). The folder doesn’t matter, what does matter is the tab you select once you have a folder opened. You want to use the Filter tab which you might have to go to Window > Filter to find and open if not a tab. Filter has what seems like a gazillion options to then “filter” the images in the folder you have open. What I do to research how I’ve photographed a subject in the past, I select Lens from the filter options. As you can see when it comes to Static aircraft, I’ve used a few lenses. If you look at a particular focal length on the left, above, you’ll see after the lens a number in parenthesis. That’s the number of photos in that folder shot with that lens. Why do I do it this way?

I want to see my finished photos because those are the ones from a shoot I liked the most. The heavily lifting in my research into my own photography has been done for me, by me. This is why I work so hard and quickly to finish images from a shoot. Then Bridge helps me for my upcoming shoot of the same subject informing me what focal length and how often I used it for that subject. This information does not dictate what I’m going to do with a new shoot of an old subject, it’s just my starting point. I can look at my images and see what worked, what didn’t work and what lens was part of that. I don’t like trusting my memory to these things, there are too many moving parts. So I simply use technology to filter for learning yourself.

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