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 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.
The photo was taken from the brink of Niagara Falls.