Synopses & Reviews
One of the main concerns for digital photographers today is asset management: how to file, find, protect, and re-use their photos. The best solutions can be found in The DAM Book, our bestselling guide to managing digital images efficiently and effectively.
Anyone who shoots, scans, or stores digital photographs is practicing digital asset management (DAM), but few people do it in a way that makes sense. In this second edition, photographer Peter Krogh -- the leading expert on DAM -- provides new tools and techniques to help professionals, amateurs, and students:
- Understand the image file lifecycle: from shooting to editing, output, and permanent storage
- Learn new ways to use metadata and key words to track photo files
- Create a digital archive and name files clearly
- Determine a strategy for backing up and validating image data
- Learn a catalog workflow strategy, using Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Expression Media, and Photoshop CS4 together
- Migrate images from one file format to another, from one storage medium to another, and from film to digital
- Learn how to copyright images
To identify and protect your images in the marketplace, having a solid asset management system is essential. The DAM Book offers the best approach.
From one of the world's leading experts on DAM, digital asset management, comes this updated version of the category-leading resource.
About the Author
Peter Krogh is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on DAM, or digital asset management. A professional and avid personal photographer for more than twenty years, Peter is a passionate advocate for both the photographer and the photograph. He is an Alpha Tester for Adobe and his contributions can be seen in some of the features available in Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Bridge, and the DNG RAW storage format.
You can see his photography work on his website, http://www.peterkrogh.com. Read more about the book, and participate in an online discussion about the principles he promotes at http://www.theDAMbook.com.
Table of Contents
; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Who Is This Book Written For?; Contents Of This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Comments and Questions; Chapter 1: A Digital Photography Ecosystem; 1.1 The Digital Photography Ecosystem; 1.2 What Is Digital Asset Management?; 1.3 The Prime Directive, and Other Goals; 1.4 The Benefits of Sound Digital Asset Management; 1.5 Exploring Digital Asset Management Tools; 1.6 Rules of Sound Digital Asset Management; 1.7 Understanding the Data Lifecycle; 1.8 Intelligent Imaging Technologies; Chapter 2: Non-destructive Image Editing; 2.1 Parametric Image Editing: An Introduction; 2.2 Advantages of Parametric Image Editing; 2.3 Limitations of Parametric Image Editing; 2.4 DNG as a Parametric Image-Editing Solution; 2.5 Working Non-destructively in Photoshop; Chapter 3: Metadata; 3.1 Metadata: An Introduction; 3.2 Classes of Metadata; 3.3 Ownership and Licensing Metadata; 3.4 Image Content Metadata; 3.5 Describing Images with Keywords; 3.6 Prioritizing Images with Ratings; 3.7 Grouping Images; 3.8 Metadata Schema; 3.9 Metadata Handling; 3.10 Tagging Images with GPS Data; Chapter 4: Organizing and Naming Files and Folders; 4.1 Organizing Your Image Files: An Overview; 4.2 Working File Directory Structure; 4.3 Archive Directory Structure: An Overview; 4.4 Archive Directory Structure: Making Buckets; 4.5 The Fine Art of File Naming; Chapter 5: Choosing Hardware for Image Storage; 5.1 Choosing the Appropriate Storage Media; 5.2 Hard Drive 101; 5.3 Purchasing a Hard Drive; 5.4 Hard Drive Handling; 5.5 Drive Configurations: JBOD, RAID, Drobo, or NAS?; 5.6 Other Storage Media; 5.7 Media Cards; 5.8 Network; 5.9 Monitors; 5.10 Uninterruptible Power Supplies; 5.11 System Configurations; Chapter 6: Backing Up and Validating Data; 6.1 Primary vs. Backups; 6.2 Understanding Threats to Your Data; 6.3 Backup Types; 6.4 Additional Protections; 6.5 Backup Software; 6.6 Protecting Data Throughout the Data Lifecycle; 6.7 Putting It All Together: Backup Configurations; 6.8 Data Validation; 6.9 Restoration; Chapter 7: Ingestion Workflow; 7.1 Image Ingestion: Overview; 7.2 Ingestion with Lightroom; 7.3 Ingestion with ImageIngesterPro; Chapter 8: Working Files Management; 8.1 Working Files Overview; 8.2 Raw File Workflow; 8.3 Reworking Archived Images; 8.4 File Handling Workflow; Chapter 9: Lightroom Workflow; 9.1 Lightroom Basics; 9.2 Setting Up Lightroom; 9.3 Sample Lightroom Workflow; Chapter 10: Bridge/ACR Workflow; 10.1 Bridge/ACR and Expression Media: A Great Combination; 10.2 Setting Up Bridge and ACR; 10.3 Sample Bridge/ACR Workflow; Chapter 11: Cataloging Strategies; 11.1 Choosing Your Software; 11.2 Managing Your Catalogs; 11.3 Expression Media Basics; 11.4 Expression Media Workflow; 11.5 Archive Restoration and Validation; Chapter 12: Data Migration; 12.1 Data Migration Principles; 12.2 Migrating from One Drive to Another; 12.3 Migrating from One Metadata Field to Another; 12.4 Migrating File Names; 12.5 Converting Legacy Camera Originals to DNG; 12.6 Deduping; 12.7 Migrating Disorganized Digital Files to an Organized Archive Structure; 12.8 Migrating from Film to Digital; About the Author; Colophon;