Pdf | 978-1-58428-204-4 | Phil Nelson | Eng | 129 Pages | 2007 | Isbn 978-1-58428-204-4 | 3.46 Mb
Back in the early 1980s you had to be in the design or publishing business
to recognize terms like “font” or “kern.” Today, the ubiquity of person-al computers and word-processing applications has made these terms com-monplace. As individuals tackled the arduous task of learning how to work with a personal computer, they also learned much of the terminology of pub-lishing and typesetting, perhaps without even knowing it. Today, names like
Helvetica are known to just about everyone who has spent any time with a
PC, and terms like typeface, typestyle, and line spacing are as common as fleas
on a dog. It will be interesting to see if the astounding popularity of digital
photography will have the same impact on color management.
The Challenges of Digital Photography
Over the past five years, as digital photography has rolled over film photog-raphy like a tsunami, it has placed much of the image-processing responsibil-ity back in the hands of the photographer. Handing film off to the lab for processing and printing has been replaced by uploading, ingesting, tagging,
converting, color balancing, processing, scaling, and printing—not to men-tion image archiving. As photographers have made the transition from film to
digital, it has become quite apparent that many of the benefits of digital pho-tography are overshadowed by a demanding digital “workflow,” the term used to describe the system of digital image management from capture, to output, to archiving, as well as the subsystems that make up the entire
process. Without a well-defined and functioning process, moving tens, hun-dreds, and even thousands of digital images from camera, to computer, to print can be a very time-consuming undertaking.
Digital photographers who have taken it upon themselves to master this process have had to tackle everything from how to assign a copyright to understanding the proper method for converting a RAW image. There are image ingestion workflows that involve renaming and applying metadata to
files. There are RAW conversion workflows for turning camera RAW photo-graphs into standard imaging files. There are image processing workflows, image sharpening workflows, printing workflows, archiving workflows. And, of course, there is the color-management workflow.Building a Digital Photography Workflow.