Frenzied shutter pace
Jun 12, 2005
No, I did not wake up early. I’ve just finished parsing through, editing, and saving the photos I shot last night—something like 100 photographs on my digital camera. It’s safe to say this hobby is here to stay.
As per usual, I shall post a pic or two on this page. For now, however, I have no clear idea which one I should choose. Furthermore, I’m dead tired.
I fully comprehend the meaning of “photographic workflow” at this point—mine is totally non-existent. The initial photographs are saved in-camera to JPGs. These usually require some rotation, cropping, and levels tweaking to get things right. Previously, I’ve been discarding my alterations to the original-size images and saving down for Flickr (800x600 to conserve my non-pro account bandwidth). Now, I’m considering large-format prints. With my current setup, I will need to go back to the original JPG from the camera and re-do all my image adjustments. Therefore, I need to save intermediate images.
Re-saving as JPEG is out of the question. Re-saving to a lossy format guarantees that information will be lost, and the image degraded. PNG is ill-suited from the images. TIFF appears to be the way to go, with one major caveat: it appears that GIMP doesn’t pass EXIF data from the camera’s JPG on to the TIFF. Unless I always save the Flickr version in the same GIMP session as when I create the TIFF, the web JPEGs will lack EXIF information. Even worse, this may prove tricky to match up TIFFs with original JPEGs later.
My current sketch of a method:
- Download JPEG data from camera, sort into “originals” directory by date.
- Browse through the images in gthumb, eliminating obviously bad photos.
Open Flickr-worthy images in GIMP, one by one. For each image:
Rotate if necessary.
Adjust the dynamic range for the color channels.
Adjust color balance.
Perform any cropping.
If modifications were required (beyond rotation), save as TIFF. I insert the original JPEG filename as the TIFF comment.
Scale so largest dimension is 800 pixels.
Save as JPEG for Flickr.
When I’ve gone through all the images, I upload to Flickr via the standard web interface, and add tags / description.
Finally, I add images to appropriate group pools.
Clearly, this approach needs some streamlining. I need to learn Script-Fu to help automate this tedious, wrist-destroying process.
Crap. Now I’m going to have to head outside and capture the sunrise before falling asleep.