For many years I’ve followed the work of Peter Krogh. He is, without a doubt, the leading authority on digital asset management (a.k.a. organizing your photos).
His first book, The DAM Book, was first published in 2005 and rewritten in 2009. It was the original guide to building and managing digital photography collections, and strongly influenced my own workflow and recommendations. Since the last update in 2009 though, the world of digital photography has changed. While the principles of DAM remain the same, the technology has made massive advancements.
As a result, Peter’s written a new book – Organizing Your Photos for Lightroom 5 – which focuses on the practicalities of digital asset management using Lightroom. He uses a three step approach. Store. Tag. Create.
He first discusses storing the photos as an organized library, tagging them using keywords, flags, ratings and location info so you can easily find the ones you want again later, and then using and reusing images to create projects.
Digital asset management isn’t just for people shooting thousands of photos every month. It’s like having a filing system for your papers, instead of dumping everything in a big drawer. Everyone can benefit, but it’s especially helpful for anyone with a reasonable volume of images, saving you hours trying to find specific photos.
Peter’s writing style is friendly and helpful, and clearly shows you his recommended way of managing your photos, whether you’re just starting out or you’re working with an established set of images. It’s presented in a multimedia PDF format, with videos integrated into the book, to help bring the steps to life.
He’s also written another book – Multi-Catalog Workflow with Lightroom 5. Neither of us usually recommend using multiple catalogs unless you absolutely have to, but if you do need multiple catalogs, Peter makes it as painless as possible. After showing you the specific tools you’ll need for the job, he walks you through 5 different workflows: multiple master catalogs, project and master catalogs, working and archive catalogs, synchronized catalogs and satellite catalogs.
His books complement my book, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ, so today I’m pleased to announce a new partnership with Peter. For your convenience, our books now going to be available from each other’s websites. Now you don’t have to visit two different websites to order the best Lightroom books!
To start things off with a bang, there’s 10% off everything for the next 2 weeks*! If you don’t own my book yet, I’d highly recommend taking the opportunity to read both Organizing Your Photos and Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ. Click here to view the full bookshop. You’ll need to enter discount code WELCOMEPETER at the checkout. After you click Add to Cart, click the Continue Shopping button to go back and add additional books.
* Discount automatically expires on 3rd March 2014. The discount code only works on www.lightroomqueen.com, not external websites such as Amazon. The discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and only applies to books released before 17 February 2014.