New Journal Workflow

Now that I've switched to Exhibition Engine, my journal workflow for images has become (more) complicated. Read on if you are excited by image organization. :)

My old workflow involved:

1. quick 10-15 second photoshop edit + action to output various resolutions
2. copy EXIF data from original image to screen-res image
3. use Breezebrowser (the best program ever) to add EXIF comments to screen-res images
4. copy EXIF data from screen-res to web-res images
5. watermark and generate HTML/thumbs with Breezebrowser and custom template
6. upload!

It looks complicated, but it didn't take that long to do.

The new workflow:

1. quick 10-15 second photoshop edit + action to output various resolutions
2. using BB, copy EXIF data from original image to screen-res image
3. use BB or Exifer to add EXIF comments to screen-res images
4. use Exifer to batch-edit IPTC keywords, categories, and locations
5. copy EXIF/IPTC data from screen-res to placeholder (small) web-res images
6. upload placeholder web-res images to Exhibition Engine for processing
7. after processing, re-upload web-res images and thumbnails without EXIF/IPTC data to replace the placeholders.*

The intermediate, screen-res images become my "master" files with EXIF data and IPTC data intact. I would use the original files from the camera, but they're so large that they can be unwieldy to work with.

*I believe that EE is smart enough to strip out EXIF/IPTC data from uploaded images if it is in charge of resizing from a higher resolution down to web resolution, but since I do all of my resizing myself, I have to upload the final images myself. This could be made much easier by allowing EE to resize to web-res and the two thumbnail resolutions, but... I'm anal. :) We'll see how long this workflow lasts. I may get lazy and let EE do everything, eventually.

Also, I'm not currently doing any asset management with local programs for my daily "life snapshot" images, mostly because the images move around so much during my workflow that I don't know at which stage I should "fix" them in place for archiving. I'll have to work on that. Any program I would consider using would have to embed EXIF and IPTC data in the images themselves in addition to storing metadata in its own database.

I should also note that most of this workflow exists to preserve camera EXIF data in the images themselves, because I think it's useful for people (and for myself) to see details about each image that I shoot. The alternative would be to turn off photo details and just resize, caption, and upload the photos. Ahhh, the sacrifices I make... ;)