Digital Asset Management for Working Photographers
Kensington, MD

Space limited to 12 people per class.

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We've put together a hands-on program for digital photographers looking to streamline their workflow with Adobe Bridge and Digital Asset Management software.

Course Outline

This day-long program will present an overview of Digital Asset Management and a step-by-step workflow for professional photographers. We've put together a new program especially for digital photographers looking to streamline their workflow. This program is based on the principles and practices outlined in my book, The DAM Book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers (O'Reilly, November 2005).

The morning program will be a demonstration of best practices in image handling including the use of Adobe Bridge, custom scripts, the DNG format, and iView MediaPro. We'll also work to get your software set up for maximum efficiency.

In the afternoon, attendees will work with their own images on their own laptop computers
, gaining experience putting the workflow into practice.

Preparation: There are several things you can do to prepare for the class. They are outlined here.

Morning Program:

Overview of Digital Asset Management
* Principles of sound Digital Asset Management
Using metadata to build and manage an archive
Browsers vs. cataloging software
* The benefits of DNG

Using Adobe Bridge
* Setting up Bridge: Preferences and Scripts
* Installing scripts: I'll provide you with several scripts that can increase your image processing productivity, and I'll show you how to install them.

The Bridge Workflow: how to bring images through quickly
* Using Metadata to Rename: Using EXIF data to automatically rename files
* Metadata Templates: How to quickly tag images for image content
* Renaming: Strategies and tools for batch renaming
* Renaming Multi-Camera Shoots: How to rename several folders of images at once
* Efficient Camera Raw Workflow
* Ratings and Labels: How to use them to build a managable archive
* Ratings and Labels: Making permanent and visible to other applications
* Batch Processing with Bridge: Several ways to skin a cat
Using the DNG converter to confirm file integrity

Using iView MediaPro
* Overview of iView MediaPro software
* Integrating iView with Adobe Bridge
* Bringing images into iView
* Using iView to batch image out


Afternoon Program
Putting Everything into Practice; In the afternoon, you'll get the chance to take the workfllow for a test-drive on your own pictures. Bring a couple of shoots, and we'll work through the process in a real-world environment. You should bring original unprocessed RAW files.

Since we'll be in a small class environment, I'll be available to make sure you have everything set up properly, and check out your workflow. At this point, we will also be able to address issues that may arise in your workflow, and how to customize your image handling.

The cost for the Workshop is $200.
In the event that we don't get at least 6 participants per class session, you can choose to reschedule to another date, or receive a refund.

To reserve a seat in the class, we need payment in full.

If these dates aren't good for you and you would like to be notified of future classes, drop me an email. Let me know your preference for day of the week if you have one.

Cancellation policy:  As a policy, we do not offer refunds if you do not show up for class.  Based on our discretion and availability, we may offer a rescheduling opportunity.

What to do to Prepare:
1. Make sure your Software is up-to-date
I suggest that you update Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw to the latest versions and install several scripts that we will be working with. Bridge is now up to version 1.0.4, and it offers a few important improvements over the earlier version. Adobe Camera Raw is now at 3.4. Please download the DNG converter when you download Camera Raw and install it as well. You can download all three here.

We will also be looking at Russell Brown's Caption Maker. It is available for download here. (Scroll down to "Dr. Brown's Services").

2. Bring some images to edit.
This should be a group of photos that you can run through CS2 and bring into iView to get some practice. I suggest that it should be at least a hundred pictures from a particular shoot.

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