Learn the fun­da­men­tal skills re­quired for an or­gan­ised data­base of high-qual­ity im­ages

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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.

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