Photographers: Use shelf to track the contents of your hard drives

As a photographer, managing and keeping track of your physical assets, such as cameras, lenses, and memory cards, is crucial to maintaining a well-organized and efficient workflow. However, it's equally important to keep track of the content stored on your hard drives, as this can provide valuable insights into your digital asset collection.

Photographers: Use shelf to track the contents of your hard drives
Written by
Carlos Virreira
Published on
September 28, 2023

As a photographer, managing and keeping track of your physical assets, such as cameras, lenses, and memory cards, is crucial to maintaining a well-organized and efficient workflow.

However, it's equally important to keep track of the content stored on your hard drives, as this can provide valuable insights into your digital asset collection.

In this article, we'll explore how Shelf.nu's AI / Vector search field feature allows photographers to easily track the content of their hard drive content, providing valuable insights into their digital asset collection.

To start, what is Shelf.nu?

Shelf.nu is an asset management tool that helps photographers manage and organize their physical assets, including hard drives, cameras, kits, lamps, anything really.

It offers a range of features that make it easy to import, categorize, and search for assets. One of its standout features is its powerful search field, which allows users to quickly find specific assets and asset contents based on various criteria.



Using Shelf.nu's AI/Vector Search Field

The search field feature in Shelf.nu is intuitive and user-friendly, allowing photographers to quickly find the assets they need. Here are some ways photographers can use the search field to gain insight into their digital asset collection:

  • Keyword searching: Users can search for specific keywords or phrases to find relevant files. For example, a photographer could search for "sunset" to find all hard-drives who have a description that containins that word.
  • Tagging and categorization: Users can assign tags and categories to assets (hard drives) to make them easier to find later. For instance, a photographer could use the ‘description’ field of its hard drive to write a bullet point list of the footage that is on that hard drive. Then, searching for that phrase will return the right object.


Benefits of Tracking Insight with Shelf.nu

Using Shelf.nu's search field feature provides several benefits for photographers, including:

  • Time savings: By quickly finding the files they need, photographers can save time and increase their productivity.
  • Improved organization and efficiency: Keeping track of physical assets and their contents, helps photographers stay organized and focused, allowing them to work more efficiently.
  • Better decision making: With insight into their digital asset collection, photographers can make better decisions about which hard drives to locate to retreive specific footage for clients or projects.
  • Enhanced creativity and inspiration: Having a comprehensive view of their digital assets can spark creativity and inspire new ideas for photography projects.

Tips for Effective Use of Shelf.nu's Search Field

  • Create a systematic naming convention: Use consistent naming conventions to make it easier to find files later.
  • Use descriptive keywords and tags: Assign descriptive keywords and tags to files to help them show up in searches.
  • Regularly back up and update metadata: Back up your files regularly and update metadata to ensure that everything is up to date.
  • Utilize Shelf.nu's advanced search features: Take advantage of Shelf.nu's advanced search features, such as filtering by date, type, and location, to refine your search results.
  • Remember: Our search field works best within the description field. So, avoid using custom fields for things you’d like to scope/search for.

Article by
Carlos Virreira

Founder / Vision Lead at Shelf.nu

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Photographers: Use shelf to track the contents of your hard drives
Carlos Virreira
Co-Founder Shelf

Founder / Vision Lead at Shelf.nu

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