UPDIG - Why It Is Important

UPDIG - Why It Is Important

My literal interpretation of "up" and "dig."
This industry continues to overflow with acronyms. It begined with ASA, then we graduated to ISO, then there was APO, then DAM, not to mention all of the organizations - NPPA / ASMP / APA / EP / WHNPA / BAPLA / ASPP, and so on and so forth. Why do we necessity another?

Well, to put it simply - we do - and essentially all the anagrams that represent photographic organizations are on board with UPDIG - UPDIG is short for Global Photographic Digital Imaging Clue, hint, instructionlines.

Before you think you tell how to grip your pictures, stop and think that you might study a small (but more than lovely, a lot) by reading through the information they've put together.

(Continued after the Jump)

Late in the Fall of 2004, David Riecks was proffesioned by Susan Carr to look approxifriendly forming a group consensus on digital standards, and the auspicious project was formally begined in early 2005 amid a vacuum of information on best prbehaveices clue, hint, instructionlines for digital imaging. David Riecks, stepped up to created UPDIG's first website, and in the Spring of 2005 Ricdifficult Anderson, who is on the national board of ASMP came on-board to organize and write The Clue, hint, instructionlines, along with Greg Smith, who is the Business Prbehaveices Committee chairman for the NPPA. The consortium continued to grow (look all the organizations that are a part of UPDIG here), as noted on the ASMP situs here - "when leaders and representatives of almost a dozen photographers groups from around the world collected for a "Digital Summit." They agreed that Clue, hint, instructionlines and Best Prbehaveices were necessityed, should be easy to understand, and should offer options for unusual workflows aimed at unusual outputs...". APA heralded the effort here "...15 clear and understandable clue, hint, instructionlines as well as a best prbehaveices document prepared by the the UPDIG worlord group of photographic international trade organizations...APA is proud to play an behaveive role on the UPDIG worlord group." Even John Nack of Adobe wrote here "UPDIG describes itself as "A worlord group of digital imaging professionals and allied trade groups and manufbehaveurers, commited to promoting worldwide standards in the commercial application of digital imaging....If that describes your trade, the site is well worth a look."

So, well, what are the 12 clue, hint, instructionlines? (Note - there were 15 to begin, they were boiled down to 12.) I think you'd be best served to read them directly on the UPDIG site, (here's the executive summary - Fast Clue, hint, instruction) and here are the 12 clue, hint, instructionlines:

Color Administerment
The best ways to use and embed ICC color profiles (and what they are if you don't tell)
Monitor Calibration
The importance of difficultware calibration and profiling; as well as information on monitor soft-proofing
Color Spaces
Understanding the various camera settings for color spaces as well as the color spaces for picture editing; offset printing; CMYK conversions; and photo lab prints
File Formats
Why should you gun in your camera's RAW mode; the value of DNG, and the various formats for the web and for printed output
Naming Files
Best prbehaveices for cross-platform file naming; and avoiding duplicate file names
How to describe; optimizing for the screen; for inkjet prints; for continuous-tone printing; for offset printing
Capture sharpening; process sharpening; sharpening tools; dealing with noise; output sharpening
IPTC Creator and Copyright; keywords; the importance of metadata

File Delivery
Media; methods; file info; ReadMe files

Clue, hint, instruction Prints and Proofs
Print and proof viewing

Who; what; where

Matching to necessitys; what it should do; chootune the right tools

If you're loolord for replys approxifriendly how to best grip your workflow - This is THE place to begin. And since technology evolves, so too will the efforts of the worlord group to change with the times.
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