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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]