Digital Imaging Workflow

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Digital Imaging Workflow is a term that you will hear regularly in discussions about the digital image and editing processes.

Workflow can be defined as: The flow or progress of work done by a company, industry, department, or person. A workflow can additionally be described as a working system or technique.

Workflow will have different meaning and different values for different people and different tasks and roles.

A workflow should be adjustable and flexible but some workflows are better than others.

The workflow that we refer to are the techniques and systems used to handle and manage our digital data and files.

A digital imaging workflow must be:

• Non-destructive to your outcomes

• Stable and Consistent

• Flexible and adaptive

A non-destructive workflow is a system whereby the integrity of digital data is managed to avoid data loss and corruption = Pixel Damage

Many actions and processes throughout the workflow from initial capture to final output contain a level of risk, potentially causing damage to the digital data and your work.

A good workflow will avoid or minimise the possibility of destruction.

A lower number of editing steps required within a workflow will naturally reduce the risk of damage to your digital files. Be mindful that some single and multiple workflow actions may have a higher risk of damage to the workflow when compared to others, often without the level of that damage being known until further into the workflow.

In these circumstances, we are best to configure the arrangement of our workflow to successfully facilitate the ability to return to the previous point in editing. Thankfully, most modern software engineers are now aware of this and design their software packages with the ability to undo previous editing adjustments.

A workflow is like a chain – if we had a weak link there is a greater possibility of the system breaking.

A good workflow should not have weak links.

Flexible and adaptive –

Good workflows can be changed and adapted to suit the requirements of different outcomes.

A good at workflow should provide:

Editing improvement and enhancement.

Backward compatibility –

As well as the returnable stages mentioned above we should employ reliable backup and storage of our work.

 Therefore, a good digital imaging workflow should include, but not be limited to the following.

  • Accurate Capture – effective and accurate exposure, focus, setting capture parameters, etc. at the time of shooting.
  • Back up of the above captured data.
  • Importation into editing suite.
  • Converting to, or setting an accurate editing codec or color space.
  • Apply an accurate and custom look up table designed and made for your camera.
  • Further adjustment of luminance and color values
  • Fine tuning final color
  • Output to your chosen medium.
  • Back up of completed work.


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