We got shot at Adobe headquarters

On Monday and Tuesday, Richard and I took the dpBestflow project to Adobe to meet with people on the Photoshop and Lightroom teams. We wanted to make sure they were aware of what we doing, and discuss how we might want to expand the project in the future.

While we were there, we had the privilege of becoming part of Kelly Castro’s “Exteriors” series. Using a super-secret (but deceptively simple and cheap) lighting rig, Kelly makes these stark and stylized portraits. Nearly all the post processing is done in Lightroom, where Kelly works as an engineer on the Develop module.

Brooks Institute

Richard Anderson and I spent last friday speaking to the good people of Brooks Institute School of Photography. In the morning we spoke to a large group of students and faculty, presenting the dpbestflow material, and in the afternoon we had a great round table with the faculty. The principle discussion centered around the integration of digital assert management material into the curriculum.

There are some very sharp people in that group, and they are working hard to provide a good educational experience for their students. I think we helped them get some more insight on how to integrate this important information into their program. Thanks to David Litschel for setting up the day’s events.  We look forward to coming back and discussing it further (even hen there is not 2 feet of snow on the ground in DC.)

Here we are with David, Chris Broughton, and Glenn Rand.  Photo taken by the restaurant’s owner.

Createasphere was great!

The Createasphere DAM conference last week was a great event. Even though it was in its first year, the pool of speakers (and attendees) was a high-level group indeed. I was particularly pleased to finally get to meet Roger Howard in person. It seems there’s nothing Roger doesn’t know or hasn’t done in computers, software, photography and asset management.

Other highlights included Jason Bright’s presentation on the capabilities of MediaBeacon, Gunar Penekis and OpenSamsn, Paul Nicholson from Showtime, Chris Orr from UC Berkeley, Sam Bogoch from Avid, Canon on DSLR, and a meeting with my old friend Owen O’Toole.

Thanks to ASMP for sending me there to present the dpBestflow material.

Headed to LA for Presentations

I’m headed to Los Angeles to make a couple of presentations for dBestlfow. The first one will take place at the Createasphere DAM Conference, in Universal City.  This 70 minute presentation will showcase the dpBestflow website as a great resource for collection managers and the photographers who supply them with images.

You can find out more about the program here. I’ll be speaking Wednesday.

Once I’m done with that, I’ll be speaking at Brooks Institute with Richard Anderson.  We’re doing a moring program on digital asset management, and then we’ll have a more free-form afternoon discussion with faculty and students about the DAM needs of a photo education program.

If you are at either event, please be sure to find me and say hello.

DNG Compatibility Settings

Adobe Labs has updated DNG conversion options in Lightroom, ACR, and the DNG Converter that offer some (possibly confusing) new options. You now have a preference pulldown for compatibility settings. What’s up with that? The short answer is that new functionality has been added to the DNG specification (and to the latest version of Camera Raw) that can do new tricks to the pictures.

For instance, there is now a way for Adobe (and others) to remove lens distortion from the image.  Since this is a new function, it’s necessary to make a new version of the spec that details how to save and apply the instructions. One thing this enables is for cameras that don’t work well with the current DNG spec to now be supported. Check out Tom Hogarty’s blog to see the new camera support.

Some new DNGs that make use of these new tools won’t be fully compatible with all DNG applications. You can save them so that they will work with the older software, but they will lose some of their rawness. How the heck does one decide which to use?

Answer after the jump. Continue reading DNG Compatibility Settings

SSD Drives coming of age

I’ve been waiting for solid state drives to start to live up to the expectations (speed, security, low power, adequate capacity, affordability) that the marketplace has.  According to Diglloyd, that day has arrived in the form of OWC Mercury Extreme SSD. This appears to be the first drive truly delivers (except maybe for affordability).

There are a couple of breakthroughs this drive offers.  First, some background, after the jump. Continue reading SSD Drives coming of age

Aperture 3 announced

Apple has just announced Aperture 3, the long-awaited next version of its catalog PIEware program. I’ve been looking at it the past few days, and there is some good stuff in the program.  Specifically, I’m happy that they have now allowed the export of metadata back to original files. This removes my most important concern with using the program – an exit strategy for your organizational work.

There is also some cool stuff, such as integrated geotagging, and the Faces technology that is not available in the main competitor, Lightroom.

I’ve encountered some bugs and stability problems, but that’s probably not too out of line with a .0 release.  Hopefully these issues will be addressed soon.  I’ve outlined some of my findings in the DAM Forum.

Glad to see Apple pushing things forward.

Book Correction – SuperDuper!

D’oh!

In The DAM Book, Second Edition, I mention that you can use SuperDuper! as a program to do a validated transfer on Mac (in addition to Chronosync, the program I use).  Some of my readers have contacted the software publisher and confirmed that it does NOT perform a validated transfer.

Sorry about the error, and thanks to readers Kevin Johnson and Tim Baker.

If you are wondering what the heck a validated transfer is, read about it at dpBestflow.org. (The movie embedded below is form the site, and shows the use of PC software SyncBack to do the process).

Validated Transfer – PC from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.

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