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The digital SLR workflow
So you've decided on the digital SLR to buy, you've gotten the lenses and accessories needed for the subject matter and you're raring to go out and take some pictures.

But wait, before you rush out and start snapping, consider this — do you have a proper workflow system set up for managing and handling your image files? The days of film, where the photo lab takes care of the processing and development, are over and now the onus is on the digital photographer to determine the way he or she shoots and prepares image files for output.

Having some sort of system set up is very important for proper handling of digital images, especially when they start accumulating in the hundreds or thousands. A well thought-out system will also help in making sure that the best results are obtained. Although this may sound a little complicated to get going, it will be worth it. A good digital workflow solution shouldn't hinder or slow down the photo taking process. In fact, proper workflow should complement your photo-taking skills, making it easier to get the results or effects you want.

Controlling your digital workflow
Digital imaging workflow isn't as daunting as it sounds. It is simply the way in which you treat and manage your image files from the moment they are taken with the camera all the way to output. The same system applies whether the image is stored in a computer or hard drive, printed out, projected onto a wall or posted on a Web site.

Technically, imaging workflow should be applicable to all digital cameras, but photo labs are increasingly offering basic digital printing services to consumers. While printing at a photo lab may be a bit easier, it gives you less control over the end result, and since many cameras use the PictBridge standard they are able to connect directly to the photo printer anyway.

dSLR owners, on the other hand, should spend some time getting familiar with the process and developing a fundamental understanding of what goes on, as it opens up a whole world of options and controls to them. This can mean the difference between average-looking photos and pictures that anyone would keep for years to come.

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PatrickK4 posted a comment   

Is it possible to get this guide in a one pdf file?

 

joe posted a comment   

realy any camera can take a marco, but to get a good macro you'll want any decent slr with a special marco lense, which you'll probably have to buy seperatly

 

cdn posted a comment   

wanting SLR for close up shoots of flowers, native orchids, (small) can you suggest? camera and lens

 

MichelleL2 posted a comment   
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Excellent guide. I am wanting an DSLR for action sports photography (Mainly kids skateboarding or playing footy), candid shots and portraits (casual). What would you recommend. My budget is max. $2000.00 but am just a beginner so less would be best. ps. video is not a requirement.

 

julz posted a comment   

hi, your reviews are great, I was looking at getting the d90 and enrolling myself in a coarse to understand it all a bit better. On the d90 review the guy said "it should be near the top of your list" just wondering what you think should be at the top of my list, for around that price range? any help is much appreciated .
Thanks

 

fiona posted a comment   

incredible guide
thankyou very much!

 

ransrp posted a comment   

thanks. well explained superguide.

 

Minymurf posted a comment   

This is an awesome guide.
Im new to photography and this has really helped me out alot.

It explains alot of the basics in enough detail so you understand it but dont get confused.

 

Isaac posted a comment   

Who would use a DC for over 2 years?

 

sydneysider posted a comment   

Excellent, well informed, thought provoking and written in a language that a novice can understand. It manages the impossible task of making sense of the madness that dSLR can be. I can't thank you enough. Keep it up.


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