Has your digital imaging workflow become more work than flow? If you’re looking for ways to improve, check out the new dpbestflow.org website produced by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). In the “Best Practices” sections, you’ll find dozens of practical ideas for developing a workflow that can make your studio more efficient, effective, and profitable.
For example, if you don’t understand why investing in a good monitor matters, read some of the detailed information in the site’s section on Monitor Calibration and Profiling.
Not only does Project Director Richard Anderson clarify the difference between calibration and profiling, but he also explains different types of monitors, including spec-sheet terms such as illumination type, DDC-enabled, bit depth, pixel-response time, and gamut.
He points out that if you don’t calibrate and profile your monitor, then the picture you see the screen “can mislead you about the actual colors in your image.” Anderson also emphasizes that “The monitor is the one place where you really do get what you pay for. The best systems are precision-engineered for added fidelity and evenness across the screen.”
The dpBestflow site also recommends best practices for cameras, computers, color management, image editing, metadata, file management, data validation, file delivery, and copyright registration.
Part of the funding for the site came from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress to help ensure that many of the images being digitally captured today will be properly preserved for future generations and historical records. Senior Project Manager Peter Krogh notes that, “dpBestflow helps translate the intricacies of preserving digital images into useful information that can be incorporated into everyday working habits.”
Anderson adds that,“Through dpBestflow, we are striving to make best practices in digital photography readily accessible to all professional photographers, no matter what their level or working style.”
At the 2010 WPPI Conference, two other experts involved in ASMP’s dpBestflow project, Judy Hermann and Jay Kinghorn, gave an excellent presentation entitled I Need a Workflow that Works for Me. They used information from the dpBestflow project to outline “good, better, and best” practices at all stages of a workflow including:
- capture and ingestion:
- image editing and organization;
- image correction, printing or output;
- file delivery;
- archiving and storage; and
- finding archived images.
Hermann, Kinghorn, and others who participated in developing the dpBestflow website will be making additional presentations in cities throughout the US. For information on when a session will be held in your area, visit the Seminars section of the dpBestflow.org website.
Note that at LexJet, we heartily agree that a high-quality, calibrated monitor is important for every photography professional who wants the utmost accuracy in image editing and efficient, money-saving, on-screen proofing before they print.
LexJet offers a selection of high-quality monitors, including the new LaCie 526 Wide-Format Wide-Gamut Display with blue-eye colorimeter shown here. If you have specific questions about monitor selection, calibration, soft-proofing, and inkjet photo printing that you’d like to discuss with a live person, call one of our highly trained account specialists at 800-453-9538.