By |2016-11-29T20:26:24+10:00July 22nd, 2010|Categories: digital asset management, Photography, photography teaching, web sites|Tags: , , , , |

I have to admit, I am seriously impressed with the Digital Photography Workflow website dpbestflow.org. An initiative of the American Society of Media Photographers and funded by the American Library of Congress, it is a fantastic resource for all digital photographers worldwide. It is mainly the work of Richard Anderson and Digital Asset Management guru, Peter Krogh, but of course let's not forget there is always a large team behind any endevour of this size and quality. The site covers pretty much every aspect of digital photography workflow you could think of. The layout and structure of the site is simply awesome - well thought out, logical and very user friendly. There are a wealth of graphics and videos to complement the crisp, concise writing, and the quality of the information is about as good as it gets. There is also a companion book called Digital photography best practices and [...]

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, [...]

After the shutter has fired, then what?

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00August 16th, 2008|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

As we all know the advent of digital photography has changed photography enormously. Not only has it fundamentally changed the way photography businesses operate, and how professionals are perceived, it has changed our whole relationship with photography. And by ‘our’ I mean everyone’s. What once was a very simple relationship, both in nature and in volume, and which might have been called ‘me and my photo album’ is now a complex web of relationships with a vast array of both print and digital media. Through this over saturation of imagery, we have become sophisticated consumers of visual communications, and we consume imagery voraciously on a daily basis, but still the vast majority of people don’t look past the surface impression and still don’t have a good understanding of what makes a professional photographer a professional, and an amateur just that. It is clear, that in many ways [...]

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 [...]