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Digital workflow hints and tips


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A presentation given to Olney Camera Club

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Digital workflow hints and tips

  1. 1. Digital workflow hints and tips<br />Mark Wilson, Olney Camera Club<br /><br /><br />
  2. 2. Digital workflow?<br />What’s that then?<br />
  3. 3. It’s about process!<br />Think back to the traditional (wet) darkroom:<br />Film  Developer  Stop bath  Fix bath  negatives/transparencies  file<br />Enlarger  Photographic paper (dodge and burn, tint, etc.)<br />Or slideshow<br />Or Scan and follow digital workflow<br />Digital darkroom is the same<br />Images  Disk  Photo management software  Metadata (tags, etc.)<br />Apply adjustments Digital prints/slideshow/web<br />
  4. 4. There is no “right” approach<br />I’ll talk tonight about some of the tools that I use in managing my images<br />Maybe some of it will be useful for you?<br />
  5. 5. Some things to talk about<br />Basic workflow<br />Software<br />Backing up your images<br />Sharing your work online<br />
  6. 6. Basic Workflow<br />
  7. 7. Example workflow<br />Digital negatives (original raw images and/or .DNG)<br />Raw images with sidecar (.XMP)<br />Raw conversion<br />Image management<br />Edited images (.PSD)<br />Image editing<br />Final images (.JPG)<br />
  8. 8. Software<br />
  9. 9. Which platform?<br />Mac or PC?<br />It doesn’t matter<br />Both are just tools – a means to an end<br />Macs are not infallible (despite what Apple might tell you)<br />Windows is well-known and well-supported<br />Linux may be an option for those who are technically competent<br />
  10. 10. Things to know<br />Windows and Mac OS X both have photo-management applications<br />iPhoto<br />Windows Live Photo Gallery<br />No need to install Canon/Nikon software to get pictures off your camera<br />Windows and OS X can both access cameras via USB<br />Many computers have built-in card readers<br />Adobe Camera Raw is free and can handle most raw conversion<br />
  11. 11. On my machine<br />Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard)<br />Image management and editing: Adobe Lightroom 2<br />Raw conversion: Adobe Camera Raw<br />Image editing: Adobe Photoshop CS4<br />Image management: Adobe Bridge CS4<br />Noise reduction: Noise Ninja plugin for PhotoShop<br />Upload to online services: Flickr Uploadr<br />Bulk file renames: Renamer4Mac<br />Screen calibration: Spyder3Utility<br />Film scanning: Nikon Scan 4<br />Tethered image capture: Lightroom Tether, Sofortbuild<br />Other: EXIFtool<br />
  12. 12. Demonstration<br />
  13. 13. Backing Up Your Images<br />
  14. 14. Backups<br />Golden rule:<br />No image “exists” until it’s backed up in at least two places(three places?)<br />Hard disks are inexpensive<br />But as we store more data on them, the chances of failure increase<br />Your images are priceless<br />
  15. 15. A cautionary tale<br />Several thousand images stored on two hard disks attached to the same computer<br />Nightly backup from one disk to the other<br />User error resulted in wiping both disks clean<br />Panic ensued – irreplaceable images of young children appeared to be lost!<br />
  16. 16. A cautionary tale<br />Stop! Do not attempt to write to those disks<br />Sleep on it!<br />Some Internet research turned up a $99 software package that examined the disk and found all the files – they were still there, just not accessible<br />Different solutions for Mac and PC<br />Full story at<br />
  17. 17. What can you do?<br />Don’t rely on local backups!<br />Burglary, house fire, user error – could all result in lost data<br />Backup to a second hard disk and keep it off-site<br />Store it with a friend or family?<br />CDs/DVDs have a limited life (so do hard disks that are not used)<br />Use Internet backup services<br />
  18. 18. Internet backup services<br />Not just the photo sharing sites but a place to store files online<br />Various options:<br />Windows Live SkyDrive – 25GB space free from Microsoft<br />Mozy - $4.95/month for unlimited storage<br />Dropbox – more expensive but more options<br />Jungledisk – PAYG pricing using web services<br />There are others too<br />Uploads may take a long time (days, weeks, months!) – photographers have many GBs of files<br />Some sites offer the ability to backup/recover by shipping physical disks<br />
  19. 19. Data recovery<br />Memory card errors<br />Not all memory cards are created equal<br />High end brands (e.g. Sandisk, Lexar) may provide software with the memory card (see<br />Failed external hard disks<br />Often the disk inside is fine, but the USB-SATA connection is damaged. It may be possible to access the disk in another enclosure, or installed directly inside a PC and recover the data<br />
  20. 20. Sharing Your Work Online<br />
  21. 21. Choosing an online service<br />I use Flickr (now owned by Yahoo!) but there are others options too:<br />Windows Live Gallery (Microsoft)<br />Picassa (Google)<br />Facebook (urgh!)<br />Photobox<br />Think about online privacy as well as potential copyright infringement<br />
  22. 22. Why I use Flickr<br />Huge site with lots of functionality, backed by Yahoo!<br />Unlikely to disappear<br />Granular control over access:<br />Some images visible to all<br />Other images for friends, or for family<br />Able to issue guest passes<br />Can mark images as copyright – or issue a Creative Commons license<br />Full resolution image available to me (with a Pro account), but only low resolution displayed to others<br /><br />
  23. 23. Copyright and creative commons<br />In the UK, you automatically own the copyright on your images (unlike the US, where copyright has to be registered)<br />© All rights reserved<br />Creative Commons is a means to grant a license for others to use your work:<br />Some rights reserved<br />Various licenses are available - read more at<br />
  24. 24. Summary<br />
  25. 25. What have we covered?<br />Described what workflow is, and what a simple workflow might look like<br />Listed some of the types of computer software that might be useful for a digital photographer<br />Stressed the importance of backups – and gave some advice on how to make sure images are safe<br />Talked about sharing images online, including copyright and Creative Commons licensing<br />
  26. 26. © 2010, Mark Wilson.<br />Some rights reserved.<br />CThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.<br />For further details, please visit<br />