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). […]