Introducing dpBestflow

[by Richard Anderson]

dpBestflow is short for Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow.

In August of 2007, the Library of Congress, through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), awarded eight private-sector organizations funds to conduct research into the preservation of commercial digital artwork. The American Society of Media Photographers received a major award to fund a three-year project, dpBestflow.

There are three components to the dpBestflow project.

1.)  A book, I co-authored with Patricia Russotti, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology called Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook, (Focal Press, 2009).

2.)  A web site called , which is filled with information from the dpBestflow Handbook, and Peter Krogh’s The DAM Book (O’Reilly Media, 2009).

3.)   A traveling seminar series designed to enhance your workflow and provide you with the tools for proper preservation of your images.

The site will be going live on November 11. Everyone on the project team is excited and proud to bring this important resource to completion. We have high hopes that the information in dpBestflow will make your workflow easier and more efficient, lead to better cooperation within the larger graphic arts community, as well as, help the Library of Congress achieve its goal of preserving our digital cultural heritage far into the future.

By admin | Posted: November 9th, 2009 | 6 comments


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  1. Sounds very interesting, and know that I and many other can use some suggestions on this topic!

    By Troy Freund | Nov 9, 2009


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  3. I look forward to seeing the web site in November, congratulations and thanks for the post.


  4. Hopefully the dpBestflow system covers using Aperture and Lightroom, in addition to Photoshop. Most photographers who do any volume of work have moved to either Aperture or Lightroom for managing their images and workflow.

    By Dan Donovan | Nov 10, 2009


  5. Dan,

    The dpBestflow project covers both the broad philosophies associated with digital imaging as well as the discrete technical details for each step of the process. Within the recommendations and the presentations, there is a strong emphasis on the use of all-in-one applications like Aperture and Lightroom for performing the bulk of one’s corrections.

    I encourage you to go check out the dpBestflow site ( and have a look!

    By Jay Kinghorn | Nov 11, 2009


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