FILE HANDLING ESSENTIALS
Learn the fundamental skills required for an organised database of high-quality images
How to build an efficient, organised database of images is a hugely important part of the photography process, and with our feature you’ll learn the most important steps and skills required to do so, with advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls
Photography has always been a two-stage process, with significant amounts of work performed at both the shooting stage and in processing, be it in a darkroom or at a computer. However, this division has never been more equal than in the digital age – the vast degree of processing and archiving possibilities make post-shooting work occupy 50 per cent or more of the complete imaging workflow. Therefore, the success of this stage can be a makeor-break factor in the quality and integrity of our final images. Handling of digital files is a vital consideration, not just in the organisation and archiving within an image database, but also in maintaining the quality and longevity of the files themselves. A common misconception is that image quality is defined solely at the shooting stage, but misuse of file transfer and duplication methods can result in degradation and limit future use. Good file treatment is essential to ensure maximum quality of the end product, guaranteeing that all users, viewers and clients receive equal versions. With regards to organisation, it is useful to have a proven system of storing and backup that works for you, enabling you to construct an ordered database from which images can be easily searched for and retrieved. Scheduling backups and categorising both your original and edited images gives you peace of mind that you will be able to find a shot for any possible function.