Image Ratings and Other Flags

> Peter Krogh's book The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers [22] offers a great overview of techniques for organizing, rating, marking, and tagging your images.

Don't underestimate the value of rating your own images. Most browsers have a "star" rating system with a range from one to five. Use your own judgement to rate your images, and remember, you can always "re-rate" them again later should you change your mind. Once you have made your initial rating, have your browser display the four- or five-star images so you can start optimizing your best shots.

Most programs also include other ways to flag your images, and we consider the "delete" and "further processing" flags to be the most important of these.

Don't delete images too quickly. Mark your images for deletion first and come back to them later to make sure your initial judgement was correct. You will often find that there are usable images among those you initially mark for deletion.

Most browsers also have a system of colored labels that you can assign to your images, which is very useful for noting the current status of images or for flagging them for later processing. Once you have defined the meanings of the various colors, stick to them rigorously. Bridge and Lightroom allow you to enter text into the colored labels, and most browsers allow you to filter your images to view just the ones with a particular colored flag.

Figure 2-8: The steps involved in converting and optimizing RAW image data

> The basic principles of image optimization are: "correct major errors first and minor errors later", and "global corrections first, local fine-tuning later".

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