Digital Asset Management Co-sponsored by Lexar
Jul 2013 10

It’s 10 pm – do you know where you image files are? With the pressure of making sure you don’t lose your files, managing your digital images can often be daunting. There are many risks in the way you handle your files. Much of it comes down to personal preference and what methods work best for you. Understanding the methods available will help you design a workflow that is secure and efficient and can help you increase profitability within the world of digital photography.

Goals to keep in mind include:

  • Make photos easy to find, even years later
  • Require minimum effort to maintain
  • Provide flexibility to easily use a range of programs/software
  • Keep time spent embedding and updating keywords to a minimum
  • Reduce computer time needed to search for an item or items
  • Protect your critical image files with effective backups and archives

Watch as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie, along with Lexar’s Jeff Cable discuss step-by-step workflow for image file management from capture to archiving. Along the way they’ll deal with issues like capture media, storage media selection, file organization, cataloguing, keyword and keyword searching.

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Focus Control Before, During, and After the Shot Co-sponsored by onOne Software
Jul 2013 10

Creating extraordinary images may seem daunting. It’s important to choose the right combination of tools to bring your work to the next level. Combining Spyder products with onOne Software solutions will enable you to work confidently throughout your workflow. You’ll have everything you need to solve the most common problems in digital photography, correct your color, maximize your creativity and realize your photographic vision.

Watch as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie explore the tools and techniques necessary for having controlled focus and enhancing or limiting depth of field along with focus related issues related to color management.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 2
Jul 2013 02

Part 1 of this article covered some of the ways that using Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 can help improve your workflow, particularly if you’re traveling and using a laptop. In this follow-up piece, I’ll delve a little deeper to explain just how Smart Previews affect the file size of your Lightroom catalog, as well make suggestions concerning how and when you should take advantage of them.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 1
Jun 2013 27

One of the new features in Lightroom 5 that is sure to be welcomed by many people, especially those who work with laptops, is the addition of Smart Previews. This new way of managing preview images will go a long way towards ending the frustration of the dreaded question mark icons that used to appear on image thumbnails if Lightroom couldn’t locate the actual source files.

A Smart Preview is a lossy Digital Negative File (DNG) that is saved at a smaller pixel dimension than the original. For images where Smart Previews are present, most of Lightroom’s features and functionality are available to you, even if the hard drive containing the actual image files is not connected to your computer. For the photographer who travels a lot, this is a huge improvement.

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