The Basic Workflow

2 This chapter is the real core of the book. This is where we will go into more detail regarding the structure of the workflow and where we will consider what steps you will need to take to adapt the workflow to your own skills, aims, and equipment.

There is no single way to process an image, and there are various ways to perform many of the steps along the way. You will need to develop your own style, and you should periodically check to determine whether that style is still compatible with your current needs and tools.

This chapter illustrates the basic framework. The following chapters each state an aim that we will then discuss with a view to developing strategies for achieving those aims. Remember, your own personal workflow will develop with increasing experience and will change as you introduce new software, hardware and objectives into the mix.

Our cross-reference system will help you to find more detailed information on specific subjects in other chapters.

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General camera settings

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Image-specific camera settings

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Take photo(s)

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Download image files

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Organize file storage

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Rename images

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Inspection and initial rating

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Tagging and grouping

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Backup & archiving

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Color interpolation + white balance

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Exposure + brightness

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Levelling + cropping

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Perspective + de-spotting

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Global tonal value adjustment

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Selective correction (tonal values and color)

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Optimize local contrast

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Other corrections

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Scale image(s) for output

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Output sharpening

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Generate output

Check results and publish

Backup and media management

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Archive organization

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Tagging/keywords

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Ensure data integrity + consistency

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Backup (images, database, software, operating system)

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Figure 2-1: The five main phases of the digital photo workflow

Figure 2-1: The five main phases of the digital photo workflow

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