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A ShortCourse Book
Digital Photography Workflow

Digital Photography Workflow

Since it doesn't cost anything to take digital pictures, it's easy to take a lot of them. This guide explains how you standardize all of the steps in the process from capturing images to displaying and sharing them. Once you have standardized your approach in a series or steps, called the workflow, you'll be amazed at how much easier it becomes to find, edit and use your images. You'll see how to organize, manage and edit them and learn about the best tools for these tasks. This is one book that's guaranteed to make you life easier and your photos better. This guide is available as a 46 page full-color, fully searchable PDF eBook you can instantly download.

 

Introduction

Capturing a digital photograph is just one step in a multi-step process called the digital workflow. Every photographer personalizes their workflow to some extent, but all include checking the camera before a session and the post-capture steps of transferring pictures from the camera; reviewing, organizing, and ranking them; then adjusting, publishing and archiving them. Many of the steps in this workflow have traditionally been performed using a variety of applications including those that do image management, RAW image conversion, and photo-editing. However, the first generation of truly innovative applications in the form of Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom are reshaping the playing field. These programs are integrating into a single application almost all of the steps in the digital workflow so post capture digital photography is easier, faster, and more efficient. These programs also make working with RAW files as easy as working with JPEGs. In this chapter we'll explore the steps in the digital workflow from capturing images through to organizing and editing them on your computer. The emphasis is on Adobe's Lightroom, mainly because it runs on both Apple and Windows machines. Apple's Aperture is a highly regarded program and shares many of the same goals and features.

Contents

Cover ...1
ShortCourses and PhotoCourse Publishing Programs ...2
Contents ...3
Introduction ...4
Digital Workflow ...5
Image Formats ...6
In-Camera Image Storage Devices ...10
How Photos Are Stored in your Camera and Computer ...12
Transferring Images ...15
Storing Images–On Your System ...18
Storing Images–On the Road ...21
Organizing Your Photo Files ...22
Image Managers ...23
Evaluating Your Images—Basics ...28
Evaluating Your Images—Histograms ...31
Photo-editing—Global Editing ...35
Photo-editing—Local Editing ...40
Color Management-Color Models and Color Spaces ...42

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