Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook: A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook

A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve, 1st Edition

By Patricia Russotti, Richard Anderson


264 pages

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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.


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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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)