Workflow / Workslow?

By |2016-11-29T20:26:49+10:00May 8th, 2010|Categories: software discussion|Tags: , |

Let’s face it – digital photography is a whole new world when it comes to workflow. Analogue was a simple affair in some ways. Of course, the bar was also a lot higher in some areas. You actually had to get it right “in camera” a skill that many photographers today seem either not capable of, or perhaps maybe more accurately, they are simply beguiled by the instant nature of digital and the power of Photoshop and just don’t see the need to nail it in camera. I understand the lure. Adobe spends millions of dollars on marketing to persuade us to upgrade every other year (either on one of its workflow methods – Photoshop / Bridge / Camera Raw or its Parametric Image Editing cousin, Lightroom). Their widespread adoption and success is subconsciously giving us the message that the image is no longer good enough without [...]

DAM goes mainstream

By |2016-11-29T20:24:20+10:00February 14th, 2010|Categories: digital asset management, software discussion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Digital Asset Management is going mainstream. And most people don't even realise it. With the development of Lightroom to version 3 (currently in beta) and the recent release of Aperture 3, sophisticated stand-alone DAM tools are reaching photographers everywhere. They may not be perfect at all aspects of DAM, or suitable for every scenario (multiple users in a studio setting or those that need multiple catalogues etc), but for the single user they are a very good one stop shop option. They are both catalog applications and parametric image editors. In other words, they process the images and keep a catalog over the entire collection. And now that Aperture 3 allows you to export your image settings back into the DNG file,  it's a cross platform and OS solution (who really wants to be locked into both OS and application forever - come on, that's just not cricket!) Microsoft seems [...]

Why Scott Kelby doesn’t know a DAM thing

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00November 25th, 2009|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

In a way I suppose it's partly jealousy. After all, Scott Kelby is the author of many international bestsellers, all of which focus on the art and craft of photography. I could be so lucky. Or clever. But I do have other, more valid reasons to think less of Scott's latest book. And it's this: he has SUCH influence and he's peddling rubbish. With influence comes responsibility! I'm trying to plough through his latest book on Lightroom, the incredibly long-winded "the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 book for digital photographers". Now while I'm no expert on Lightroom, I do know a fair bit about digital asset management, and over the course of the last 4 years or so, my views on the subject have been largely informed by the world's leading expert on the subject, Peter Krogh. Digital Asset Management is a broad subject that covers the management of images from [...]

The DAM Book (2nd Edition)

By |2016-11-29T20:23:28+10:00September 4th, 2009|Categories: digital asset management|Tags: , , , , |

I’ve just finished Peter Krogh’s book on Digital Asset Management, The DAM Book. Recently published in a second edition, it’s not just a slight update on the first edition, which I talked about here. The new DAM Book completely re-looks at Digital Asset Management in light of recent software developments and trends, most notably Lightroom, but also great little apps like ImageIngester Pro. A lot of what Peter writes about hasn’t changed from his first volume, but in some cases it has, and in others it has just been refined. Mostly though, it has been expanded to look at new workflow options with Lightroom, and seems to cover more ground with the management of working files, and the areas of data validation and the ingestion process. It’s a much bigger book than the first tome, weighing in at over 460 pages. Now, [...]

The Perfect Backup Strategy Part 2

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00July 19th, 2008|Categories: computers, digital asset management, Photography|Tags: , , , |

In an earlier post, I spoke about back-up and the need to develop a system that does what it needs to do – save your data from all potential loss, and allow you to get back up and running in the quickest possible time. Photographers have special requirements with regards backup. They generate huge volumes of data in a very short time. It would be in no way unusual that in one photo shoot, I might generate from up to 4GB of data. And this is data, that if lost, is totally irreplaceable. The sheer size of it as well precludes online backup strategies for most, as upload speeds are too slow, and adsl account limits are often 20GB or less (this is of course only an issue if your ISP includes uploads as part of your allowance). […]

Workflow Musings

By |2016-10-22T09:42:33+10:00November 11th, 2007|Categories: digital asset management, Photography|Tags: , , , , |

I have been thinking more about workflow. I am a DAM and a DNG convert, and have been slowly trying to turn these approaches and tools into an efficient system. There are several workflow solutions, and it would appear that one of the most popular is the Bridge / iView Media Pro (now Expression Media) combination. This approach seems to work well, particularly when used in conjunction with dng files. So far, so good. You can rate and tag all your files, and process them in Camera Raw, and then convert them to dng's with its built in full size jpg preview, and then you have a very useful catalog. The way I see it is that you have an excellent workflow, but one that is of primary benefit to your raw files. But what about the work that's done in Photoshop? You really need to have a secondary catalog [...]

DAM Part 2

By |2016-10-22T09:42:34+10:00July 15th, 2007|Categories: digital asset management, Photography|Tags: , , |

If you don't know what DAM is, I could be rude and suggest you are not a serious photographer. Now I won't because I am a polite boy, but really, if you are serious about digital photography, you simply have to be serious about DAM. Basically, it involves everything between getting your images in on to your computer, through to when they are finally archived safely in various locations. It involves rating, labelling, keywording, file formats, catalogues, virtual sets, back ups and a whole lot more. It is the integration between Photoshop, a browser such as Bridge, and catalogue software such as iview Media Pro (now Microsoft Expression Media). With DAM you are building value to a collection of images by organising them in a way that builds that value. Not only for you as a photographer, but also for your clients. The bible is The Dam Book by Peter [...]


By |2016-10-22T09:42:34+10:00April 23rd, 2007|Categories: digital asset management, Photography|Tags: , , , |

If you don't know, UPDIG stands for UNIVERSAL PHOTOGRAPHIC DIGITAL IMAGING GUIDELINES. This is a set of guidelines developed for digital imaging by the UPDIG Working Group, descibed on their website as "A working group of digital imaging professionals and allied trade groups and manufacturers, dedicated to promoting worldwide standards in the commercial application of digital imaging." Read more about them here. The guidelines themselves cover the basic things we all should know about as serious photographers - ICC colour management, sharpening, meta data, and digital image workflow (DAM anyone?) to name a few. But as I know from experience, lots of supposedly serious photographers don't follow half of these guidelines, which is a situation UPDIG was created to change. I am not holy either. I have a good understanding of all of the issues, but I haven't put them all into practice yet. Implementing a good DAM strategy and [...]

The DAM Book

By |2016-10-22T09:42:34+10:00April 20th, 2007|Categories: digital asset management, Photography|Tags: , , , , |

The DAM Book I recently bought a book, which, even though I'm not even half way through it, I believe is an essential purchase for anyone serious about photography, whether amateur or professional. The book is called The DAM Book, and the topic is, naturally enough, Digital Asset Management. It's basically about having a system in place to organise the workflow of digital images, from when they come on to the computer from the camera, to when they are finally archived. Many photographers who have been working with digital cameras for a few years now have amassed thousands of files. Possibly even hundreds of thousands. Without a solid DAM system in place, there's no way any collection will be organised, easy to find pictures in, or will the workflow be consistent and streamlined. That's what DAM is all about. The guru for this process is Peter Krogh. His [...]