Second Edition Table of Contents

Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi

Chapter 1 A Digital Photography Ecosystem 1

The Digital Photography Ecosystem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
What Is Digital Asset Management?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The Prime Directive, and Other Goals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
The Benefits of Sound Digital Asset Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Exploring Digital Asset Management Tools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Rules of Sound Digital Asset Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Understanding the Data Lifecycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Intelligent Imaging Technologies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Chapter 2 Non-destructive Image Editing 33

Parametric Image Editing: An Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Advantages of Parametric Image Editing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Limitations of Parametric Image Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
DNG as a Parametric Image-Editing Solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Working Non-destructively in Photoshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Chapter 3 Metadata 63
Metadata: An Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Classes of Metadata. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Ownership and Licensing Metadata. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Image Content Metadata. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Describing Images with Keywords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Prioritizing Images with Ratings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Grouping Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Metadata Schema. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Metadata Handling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Tagging Images with GPS Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Chapter 4 Organizing and Naming Files and Folders 129
Organizing Your Image Files: An Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Working File Directory Structure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Archive Directory Structure: An Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Archive Directory Structure: Making Buckets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
The Fine Art of File Naming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Chapter 5 Choosing Hardware for Image Storage 159
Choosing the Appropriate Storage Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Hard Drive 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Purchasing a Hard Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Hard Drive Handling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Drive Configurations: JBOD, RAID, Drobo, or NAS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Other Storage Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Media Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Monitors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Uninterruptible Power Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
System Configurations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

Chapter 6 Backing Up and Validating Data 205
Primary vs. Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Understanding Threats to Your Data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Backup Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Additional Protections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Backup Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Protecting Data Throughout the Data Lifecycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Putting It All Together: Backup Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
Data Validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Restoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Chapter 7 Ingestion Workflow 257
Image Ingestion: Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Ingestion with Lightroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Ingestion with ImageIngesterPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272

Chapter 8 Working Files Management 285
Working Files Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Raw File Workflow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Reworking Archived Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
File Handling Workflow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

Chapter 9 Lightroom Workflow 315
Lightroom Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
Setting Up Lightroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330
Sample Lightroom Workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338

Chapter 10 Bridge/ACR Workflow 359
Bridge/ACR and Expression Media: A Great Combination. . . . . . . . . . 359
Setting Up Bridge and ACR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Sample Bridge/ACR Workflow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371

Chapter 11 Cataloging Strategies 393
Choosing Your Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 394
Managing Your Catalogs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401
Expression Media Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409
Expression Media Workflow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418
Archive Restoration and Validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 428

Chapter 12 Data Migration 431
Data Migration Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432
Migrating from One Drive to Another. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
Migrating from One Metadata Field to Another. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440
Migrating File Names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441
Converting Legacy Camera Originals to DNG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441
Deduping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445
Migrating Disorganized Digital Files to an Organized
Archive Structure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446
Migrating from Film to Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 453

Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 462

 

First Edition table of Contents
(For those who want to compare)

Chapter 1: What is all this DAM stuff?
It's like Color Management, Only Different
An Overview of the DAM System
Understanding Digital Asset Management Software
Benefits of the DNG Format and Digital Asset Management of Raw Files
The Benefits of Sound Digital Asset Management

Chapter 2: Metadata
Types of Metadata
Applying Ratings, Groupings and Keywords
Storing Metadata

Chapter 3: Creating the Digital Archive Part 1: The Information Structure
The Archive: An Overview
Information Structure
Directory Structure: Enter the Bucket Brigade
The Fine Art of File Naming

Chapter 4: Creating the Digital Archive Part 2: Hardware Configurations
My Rig
Choosing a storage medium
Choosing Your Hardware
How Safe is Safe? Backing Up Your Archive

Chapter 5: Setting up Bridge
What Exactly is Bridge?
Setting Up Bridge Preferences
The Bridge Menus
Setting up Keywords in Bridge
Using Bridge䴜s Contextual Menus

Chapter 6: The Editing Workflow
Workflow Checklist
Phase I: Acquire Images
Phase 2: Preparing Images in Bridge
hase 3:åÊ Create the DNG files
atalog

Chapter 7: Using Cataloging Software
Evaluating Software
The DAM interface
Using DAM software to Perform Work on Images
Managing the Archive
Other DAM Stuff
Case Studies

Chapter 8: Derivative Files
What䴜s a Derivative File?
Reasons to Make Derivative Files
Conversion Options
Cataloging Strategies: What to Keep

Chapter 9: Strategies for Successful File Migration
Overview of the Migration Process
Migration of disorganized digital files into an organized Information Structure
Migration from Film to Digital
File format migration (RAW to DNG)
Migration from one storage medium to another
OS/Software Migration

DIgital Asset Management
Organizing Photographs