The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2005
Pages: 304

Can you find your digital photographs when you need them, or do you spend more time rifling through your hard drive and file cabinets than you'd like? Do you have a system for assigning and tracking content data on your photos? If you make a living as a photographer, do your images bear your copyright and contact information, or do they circulate in the marketplace unprotected?

As professional photographer and author Peter Krogh sees it, "your DAM system is fundamental to the way your images are known, both to you and to everyone else." DAM, or Digital Asset Management, in the world of digital photography refers to every part of the process that follows the taking of the picture, through final output and permanent storage. Anyone who shoots, scans or stores digital photographs, is practicing some form of digital asset management. Unfortunately, most of us don't yet know how to manage our files (and our time) very systematically, or efficiently.

In The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Krogh brings clarity to the often overwhelming task of managing digital photographs, with a solid plan and practical advice for fellow photographers on how to file, find, protect and re-use photographs. Following a thorough overview of the DAM system and de-mystifications of metadata and digital archiving, Krogh focuses on best practices for digital photographers using Adobe Photoshop CS2. He explains how to use Adobe Bridge, the new CS2 navigational software that replaces the File Browser introduced in Photoshop 7, with full details on integrating Bridge, Camera Raw and Digital Asset Management software.

Compellingly presented in four-color format, The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers brings Krogh's award-winning creative approach to a subject that could have been technically intimidating. Instead, Krogh's twenty years of experience and instructive visual storytelling make this material not only accessible, but compulsory reading for serious digital photographers.

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    Comments about oreilly The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers:

    Well, okay, the headline might be a bit much.But then again, I'll never organize my photos the same way again — and that' s saying a lot, given that I have more than 10,000 photos on my hard drive. And many of these photos ARE my life.It must be said, though, that re-organizing one's entire photo collection is NOT for the faint of heart. It takes time and considerable thought as you work through the process. I'm not through yet but I do at last have a vision of what success will look like when I'm finally through.Thanks Peter,Ry------R. Y. Glover & Associates[@]

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    This is the definitive book on digital asset management for photographers. Peter draws the analogy of learning DAM with color management. Both are essential to any serious photographer, whether a pro or keen amateur. It just takes some longer to realise. With DAM the sooner you start the less you need to catch up.

    Reading the DAM Book will save you countless hours, mistakes, and money. I went through many different systems before stumbling on the "right" DAM. Of course I wish Peter's book was available before I had to learn the hard way! Having read the DAM Book I found more ways to further streamline and improve my RAW workflow.

    Peter has always been generous in sharing his experience and knowledge in DAM. Thanks for taking the time the write it all down. The DAM Book will be the text photographers and educators turn to for information on asset management for photographers.

    -- Robert.

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