Studio Workshops  –  Live and Interactive via ZOOM
•  12-13 August 2023 (AEST)  9.30am to 1.00pm

This workshop can also be time-shifted for anyone unable to attend on the days it is presented, or time zone is too offset to comfortably attend in real time.

Once you have gained enough control of your camera, its exposure modes, composition, focusing and lens choices, what comes next? This introductory workshop will help you establish and refine an efficient and empowering cataloguing and archiving workflow. This privileges not only the creative control involved in tending to your own files, but also their cohesive organisation, storage, retrieval, archiving and preservation. This introductory workshop integrates cataloguing applications such as Adobe Lightroom Classic, or Neofinder (Mac) or abeMeda (Win), or Capture One into a practical, streamlined, and inquiry based workflow. Specific topics covered in past workshops include:

Process Principles
• Introductions and your workflow
• File sizes, image compression, destination requirements
• Understanding JPEG, TIFF, PSD, DNG, and RAW file formats
• Propriety versus open source standards
• Integrating applications into an archiving workflow

• Catalogues and databases
• Libraries versus browsers
• Importing, sorting, tagging, renaming
• Histories, presets, and search engines
• DNG archiving workflows

• Key-wording – categories and similes
• The art of file naming
• Metadate formats, standards and nomenculture
• Metadata templates and presets
• Getting it right the first time

Preservation Solutions
• Assets versus Derivatives
• Software and Hardware Redundancy
• Identifying and rationalising duplicate files
• Watched folders and smart collections
• Non-destructive image editing

Archiving Solutions
• Handling and protecting images while traveling
• Conforming multiple catalogues
• Backup strategies and negotiating risk
• Cloud storage solutions
• RAID (0, 1, 5, 10) and Beyond-RAID storage systems

Exporting and Batch Processes
• Export settings for print, web, email and photo books
• Synchronising metadata and process settings
• Managing colour through multiple workflows
• Destination specific sharpening of digital images
• Re sizing images while maintaining pictorial integrity

The workshop is focused on practical solutions to real world archiving problems, such as not being able to find an image, or associate or work with multiple versions of the same image, or worse, losing precious images, let alone how to accomplish any of this without losing your own way. Establishing and working confidently with catalogues and archives is independent of the volume of images involved, and the creation of high quality images, and their storage and access, isn’t contradictory to their preservation.  Your catalogue and archive should also be something you setup once and then benefit from. But sadly this is not always the case, so strategies for correcting mistakes or migrating previous attempts is also an important part of the workshop. Examples include identifying and rationalising duplicate files/catalogue entries, restoring broken links, and identifying compromised backups.  Video conferencing and remote desktop software enable an intimate engagement with you and your workflow, from archiving, annotating, RAW processing and editing to exporting, printing and publishing. Our aim is to instil ‘world’s best practice’ into your life and workflow, thereby solving and preventing problems while boosting your confidence that this is desirable, achievable, and a worthwhile undertaking that is easily maintained.

The workshop is also supported by a resource rich website including detailed course notes, videos, and images.

Venue: Interactive Broadcast from Les Walkling’s Studio, Melbourne
Duration: 7+ hours from 9.30am – 1.00pm Saturday & Sunday (AEST/AEDT)
Support: Extensive notes, videos, test forms and edited ZOOM excerpts
Class Size: Average class size of 6
Cost: AUS $330 including GST per person
More Information: See FAQ (Education)
Bookings: Email

Updated 21 June 2023