Digitization of photography: software

Since the advent of the digital camera the whole workflow has been digitized. Below a list of software tools, platforms, and services I use. The hardware I use consists of and 27" iMac, a Synology NAS, and a bunch of external harddisks.

For backup I use Sync Pro to copy my NEFs, DNGs, and JPGs to my NAS. The NEFs of the current year are stored on Amazon Glacier. Once a month I take a full copy of everything to my office at the university. In practice I have three copies of every picture.

For the management of the pictures I use Photomechanic 5. This includes ingesting, adding keywords, handling of storage, rating, uploading, FTP, searching etc., it is a very versatile software tool.

Image processing is mainly done using Lightroom 6, and in case I need to process at the pixels level I use Photoshop CS5.

For albums on the internet I use jAlbum. Easy to use with many different skins. The albums are accessible on the Internet via my NAS.

For blogging I use Wordpress, which also runs on my NAS. It is easy to use and has many interesting plugins. For example WP GPX Maps and NextGen Galleries to show my hikes on a map together with the pictures taken.

For a more detailed description of my workflow look at this blog.

Below my latest upload to Dreamstime. It is a picture of Laguna Querococha, a small lake up north in Peru near Huaraz.

Laguna Querococha

Photo credits: Peter Apers.
  • Apers
  • Hengelo, Netherlands
My photography website: http://photo.apers.nl

My photoblog: http://photoblog.apers.nl

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January 03, 2016

Thank you for sharing these awesome tips! I sometimes use Photoshop Cs6 aswell


December 12, 2015

Nice pictures you have on Dreamstime! Could you share the URL of your workflow blog. I could not find it.


December 12, 2015

Very interesing !
Have a look at this link :
For a more detailed description of my workflow look at this blog.
Have a nice day !