Help for Digital Photographers
Asset management is an issue every digital photographer grapples with sooner rather than later. You could dump everything in one big folder on a hard drive, that's asking for heartache. Not only is it tough to lay your hands on specific photos, but unless you back up regularly, you could lose every one of those images if the drive fails.
And what about image editing and versioning? Color management? Assigning metadata? File formats? The deeper you get into working with digital imagery, the more workflow questions you have.
A new initiative, dpBestflow.org (for "digital photography best practices workflow"), has answers. It's funded by the Library of Congress and promoted by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). The Web site's valuable advice, based on two years' worth of research, includes a quick reference guide and a thorough best practices section with lots of videos.
You can get a quick feel for what's waiting for you in the video below: