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Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook
A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve

ISBN 9780240810959
Published October 12, 2009 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Managing your digital photos can be one of the most unavoidable headaches. With so many existing workflow practices based on specific software rather than a universal view of the entire image file processing ecology, you need something that can make the process less overwhelming. Patricia Russotti and Richard Anderson provide you with the best workflow practices for planning and capturing to archiving you digital photography and everything in between. This easy-to-follow design paired with detailed charts and beautiful photos will give you the tools you need to perfect your workflow.  This handbook is software version independent and focuses more on the key fundamentals that are a constant from software to software.

Furthermore, stay current with the accompanying website ( that provides resources and links for ever changing technology and the latest advances in workflow, and interviews with professional photographers. Co-published with the American Society of Media Photographers and dpBestflow (A U.S. Library of Congress funded project) Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook is the most trusted resource for digital photographers and digital imaging artists.

Table of Contents

Introduction By Therese Mulligan Administrative Chair, Photographic Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology

Chapter 1 : Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow
The Accumulation Effect
The DPBestflow and UPDIG Connection

Chapter 2: Terminology and The Importance of Language
DPBestflow Glossary

Chapter 3: An Overview of Workflow Components and Planning
The Basic Concepts of Digital Photography Workflow
Planning (Decisions, and the work to be done prior to starting a project)
Knowledge Bases

Chapter 4: Workflows and Parameters
Workflow Parameter Decision Points
Batch or Optimized Workflow
Rendered or Unrendered workflow
Capture Formats
Workflow Software Options
The Working File Lifecycle
Working File's Lifecycle Order- based on software application type
The Workflows
dpBestflow Workstation Setup

Chapter 5: The Image Archive
Archive vs. Backup
Data Integrity and File Transfer
Archiving Goals
Keeping track of camera originals, copies, and derivatives
Searching the Archive
Retrieving Image Files From the Archive
Migrating the Archive
Data Verification
Archive Hardware
The Image Bank as a Working Archive

Chapter 6 : Image Capture
Shoot Parameters
Capture Format
Matching Camera Technology to Workflow Needs
Chapter 7 : Getting To Work - Image Ingestion
Data preservation and data back-up
DPBestflow File Naming Conventions
Add Metadata
Ingestion Tools
Handling your capture format choice
Comparison Chart of Ingestion software features

Chapter 8: Image Edit
Editing Checklist
Editing Best Practices
Edit software options

Chapter 9: Optimization
Matching the scene
Maximizing Image Quality
Preserving your work
Optimization Tools
Color Management

Chapter 10: Master Files and Derivative Files
Tool Options
DNG workflow primer
Points of Conversion
Where is my PIE stuff (parametric image edits that I made)?

Chapter 11: Image Proofing
Proof Types that we are familiar with:
Image Lifecycle Review
Why Proof?
Best Practices
Proofing Tools 

Chapter 12: Image Delivery
Delivery Types
Rendered Files - Repro ready RGB or CMYK Image files
Preparing image files for the Web
Saving Files for Screen Use
Preparing RGB Files for Digital Printing
CMYK Guideprints
Repro Ready, but Unsized, RGB or CMYK Image Files with No Output Sharpening
Rendered delivery file formats
Unrendered Files
Delivery Media
Delivery Paperwork: The "ReadMe" File 

It's a Wrap

The Importance of Ergonomics

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Patricia Russotti is a New Media Professor, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an artist, educator, curriculum developer, and international presenter. She provides imaging services for corporations, public service organizations and individual artistic commissions.
Richard Anderson is a working commercial photographer, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Chair of the ASMP Digital Standards Committee, Principal author of, and creator of, a Library of Congress funded project. He is also the recipient of 2009 International Photographic Council (IPC) Photographer Leadership Award.


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