Category: Photography Workflow

Beyond putting together your camera, lenses, and other components, a nearly endless number of activities, products, and techniques can help you optimize your photography workflow and results. Here I cover those that I think are important for you to consider as you move ahead and use your equipment to its fullest potential.

Some of these accessories are already integrated in your camera, such as one to help you make the most of Picture Styles, while others may require that you add them on or use software. All of them, however, fall under the umbrella of establishing a consistent workflow and system for managing, editing, storing, and accessing images.

Picture styles

Picture styles

Canon dSLRs support Picture Styles that provide a way to manage photo colors from shoot to print. When you’re using Canon cameras, software, and printers, this proprietary standard allows you to be sure that what you shoot is ultimately what will print, providing you stay with Canon equipment and applications. In your camera’s menu, you [...]

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Prioritizing and comparing photos

In Digital Photo Professional, you have several options for managing your photos and separating the best shots from the ones you don’t want or need: The checkmark system, available from the main screen, lets you mark and rank images as priority 1, 2, or 3 (or none at all). The Quick Check mode, accessed from [...]

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Managing images in Digital Photo Professional

Managing images in Digital Photo Professional

You can open an image that you would like to work on by double-clicking on it. For this example, I chose a RAW photo of an Egyptian Bedouin boy galloping a horse up a hill while holding another young horse beside him. I plan to use some basic tools involving cropping and exposure control (see [...]

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Digital Photo Professional main screen

Digital Photo Professional main screen

As an introduction to Digital Photo Professional, I’d like to take you on a brief tour of Egypt. When you launch Digital Photo Professional, the main screen opens, as shown in 9-9. There you’ll have a number of options in the form of buttons for managing the program and your images, as well as drop-down [...]

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Installation and updates digital photo professional

If you received the Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, insert it into your computer and install the software according to instructions. Once installed, check Version Information under the Help menu (or About Digital Photo Professional under the Digital Photo Professional menu) to be sure you are running the latest version. To download updates, go to [...]

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Canon’s digital photo professional

Canon’s digital photo professional

Canon EOS digital cameras ship with Digital Photo Professional, which is an image-processing and-management utility especially optimized for RAW image processing and, of course, Canon equipment. As of this writing, the software is in version 3.4.1, has matured over the past few years, and features support for new camera models as they have become available. [...]

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Getting and keeping the highest image quality

Getting and keeping the highest image quality

A number of issues factor into getting the highest image quality, and they occur at both the pre-pixel and postpixel phases of your workflow. Some involve common sense, while others may require you to take some specific technical steps to preserve your images and present them in their best possible way. CAMERA CARE Whenever possible, [...]

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Managing and archiving photos

Managing and archiving photos

Once you’ve transferred your images safely to your digital studio, you need to process and permanently archive them before you begin any editing or fulfillment. You want to keep your images in as pristine a condition as possible — meaning that master images should not be multiple-generations old (especially true for JPEG files) or altered [...]

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Image storage and backup

Image storage and backup

Securely and quickly moving your images from a memory card to a computer takes place in different ways depending on where you are and how you like to work. For example, if you’re photographing a day-long wedding with an 8GB flash card, you may be able to shoot and store the entire event on that [...]

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Workflow: The foundation of great photography

The concept of digital photography workflow involves far more than image editing in a specific application such as Digital Photo Professional or Photoshop. Rather, it encompasses your photography from the inception of a shoot to its ultimate completion — whether as a framed print on a wall, an image on a Web site, or part [...]

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