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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]