09/01/2021 – Updated, and still relevant today …
02/12/-2008 – Last summer, I was privileged to be a Judge and Speaker at one of the most prestigious photographic contests on the West Coast – the San Diego County Fair International Exhibition of Photography. While the fair was running, we held a “Digital Dialog Discussion” for the public – there were seven experts from the digital realm, including myself, talking about the present and future of digital imaging.
A client of mine recently reminded me of how much he was able to glean from that discussion. There were a couple of salient points that were covered that I believe it is important to share with you, particularly as it relates to Photoshop and Digital Imaging/Digital Photography:
1) Archiving your Images – This could be the weakest link in digital imaging. Your images are too important – make your archiving system redundant and back up at least twice on different media. And remember, the vast majority of CD’s and DVD’s are not archival, although you can purchase Archival CD’s and DVD’s at just a bit more cost. This point has been updated here: https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/file-backup-strategies-for-photographers/
2) Shoot in RAW format – Memory is cheap; shoot in RAW for those important images. When you shoot in JPG, you are robbing yourself of much needed information that can only be captured in RAW. More here: https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/the-philosophy-of-raw/
3) Proper Color Management – If you only do one thing to achieve a properly color managed workflow, calibrate and profile your monitor. Even if you cannot afford to purchase a calibration device, such as the Eye One (my favorite, and easy to use), use the Adobe Gamma calibrator – – not as accurate, but better than nothing. And keep in mind that the calibration hardware and software is cheaper in price than you think – typically around $200. More here: https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/color-management-101-for-photographers/
• San Diego County Fair Photo FAQ’s: https://wattsdigital.com/sdc-fair-photo-faqs
• Here’s my San Diego County Fair Photo “Print Special”: https://wattsdigital.com/sdc-fair-print-special
• New to Photoshop? Need a “Lesson Plan”? Read this Post! Click Here
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• By the way, this is all based on my Photoshop book designed for photographers, “Not just another Photoshop Book”, available exclusively on Amazon:
Questions? Please contact me – also, feel free to comment and tell your photography friends!
Thx again, and cheers,
John Watts 🙂