Chapter 10. digital darkroom

Photography has come a long way since 1839. Film cameras have been replaced by digital cameras, and the traditional darkroom, with chemicals and paper, has been transformed into a digital darkroom with computers, scanners, and printers. Instant feedback and creative flexibility are just a few of the perks of going digital.

In addition to these new possibilities, digital photography presents a new assortment of challenges. Once you begin to collect and store your vast array of images, you also need an easy way to sort, store, and locate all this data. And unlike film, thousands of digital images can be lost in a fraction of a second.

So how do you handle all these images? How do you organize your images so you can find what you want, when you want it? How do you avoid losing your images? This chapter helps answer those questions by providing the basic principles of organization and file storage and presenting the use of digital asset management (DAM) techniques.

  • 220 organize your images

  • 224 choose software

  • 228 enhance your images

  • 229 image handling tips

  • 230 preserve your images

  • 231 print your images

digital darkroom


As you transfer more digital image files from your camera to your computer, it will become harder to keep track of them all — unless you develop a system for organizing them right from the start. Doing so helps you to ensure that you can quickly and ...

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