The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers

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Can you find your digital photographs when you need them, or do you spend more time rifling through your hard drive and file cabinets than you'd like? Do you have a system for assigning and tracking content data on your photos? If you make a living as a photographer, do your images bear your copyright and contact information, or do they circulate in the marketplace unprotected?

As professional photographer and author Peter Krogh sees it, "your DAM system is fundamental to the ...

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Overview

Can you find your digital photographs when you need them, or do you spend more time rifling through your hard drive and file cabinets than you'd like? Do you have a system for assigning and tracking content data on your photos? If you make a living as a photographer, do your images bear your copyright and contact information, or do they circulate in the marketplace unprotected?

As professional photographer and author Peter Krogh sees it, "your DAM system is fundamental to the way your images are known, both to you and to everyone else." DAM, or Digital Asset Management, in the world of digital photography refers to every part of the process that follows the taking of the picture, through final output and permanent storage. Anyone who shoots, scans or stores digital photographs, is practicing some form of digital asset management. Unfortunately, most of us don't yet know how to manage our files (and our time) very systematically, or efficiently.

In The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Krogh brings clarity to the often overwhelming task of managing digital photographs, with a solid plan and practical advice for fellow photographers on how to file, find, protect and re-use photographs. Following a thorough overview of the DAM system and de-mystifications of metadata and digital archiving, Krogh focuses on best practices for digital photographers using Adobe Photoshop CS2. He explains how to use Adobe Bridge, the new CS2 navigational software that replaces the File Browser introduced in Photoshop 7, with full details on integrating Bridge, Camera Raw and Digital Asset Management software.

Compellingly presented in four-color format, The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers brings Krogh's award-winning creative approach to a subject that could have been technically intimidating. Instead, Krogh's twenty years of experience and instructive visual storytelling make this material not only accessible, but compulsory reading for serious digital photographers.

Krogh brings clarity to the often overwhelming task of managing digital photographs, with a solid plan and practical advice for fellow photographers on how to file, find, protect, and re-use photographs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100186
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: O'Reilly Digital Studio Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Krogh is a commercial photographer in the Washington DC area. He is an Alpha Tester for Adobe, helping with the development of workflow and asset management tools for Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. He is on the board of directors of ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers, and speaks frequently on Digital Asset Management to photographers' groups and other computer users.You can see his photography work on his website, www.peterkrogh.com, and some of his work promoting digital standards at www.digitalphotographystandards.com

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Table of Contents

1 What is all this DAM stuff? 2
2 Metadata 30
3 Creating the digital, archive part 1 : the information structure 58
4 Creating the digital, archive part 2 : hardware configurations 84
5 Setting up Bridge 114
6 The editing workflow 150
7 Using cataloging software 196
8 Derivative files 228
9 Strategies for successful file migration 248
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    This is not a book for beginners.

    This is not a book for beginners. Readers should be familiar with the techniques of digital photography AND familiar with Adobe Photoshop. Although 'jargon' terms are explained well, there are many of them, and it is easy to get lost. To really understand this book, and get the most out of it, you should read each chapter while running Adobe Bridge, learning the steps of both data management and program operation. It is not a manual for Bridge - instead it is like a do-it-yourself class for learning Bridge. For photography professionals this can be a VERY valuable book. The explanation of the new Adobe DNG ('Digital Negative') graphics file format is especially well done and interesting. DAM is still a new field - both the software, and participation in standards by camera companies, are evolving. Still, in this field, as in photo processing with PhotoShop, Adobe promises to become the standard and the leader in this important and very necessary area of cataloging digital images. The worst thing about DAM is the amount of detail that a user has to absorb in order to comprehend, and use, the software tools the best thing about DAM is that it promises to be, in many ways, the 'wave of the future'. At any rate, DAM systems are inevitable, and Adobe will probably win the DAM fight. Overall, I found this book to be very well written, very informative, and very useful. The author goes into a lot of detail for almost every aspect of DAM my only complaint is that I wish the author had included more summaries. (Reviewed by Karen M)

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