Workflow: Images on Your Camera

Image Quality

Your camera will have a range of settings that will affect the quality of the resulting image. You should check out the information on the following pages:

As well as affecting the quality of the images, the settings will also result in different file sizes.

Image File Names

You should also be familiar with how your camera names the images that it stores. On my camera there are three parts to a file name: a fixed prefix, a file number, and an image number (the extension is predetermined by the format). For example, an image stored on my camera might have the name P1410001.JPG. In this case 'P' is the fixed prefix, every image file stored on the camera starts with this. The '141' portion is the file number. This is used to group images into sets and the camera actually stores the images in their own folder on the memort card. This allows me to make a separate set of images for each project that I work on. Finally, each image within a set is simply given a sequential number starting at 0001 and working upwards.

Also, the camera uses folders to manage the images. The main folder is called DCIM, all images are stored in subfolders of this. Within the DCIM folder the subfolders are named for the file number.

Check out the manual for your camera, look at your camera's memory using a file manager. Make sure you understand how your camera manages the file names of the pictures you take.

You should not use your camera as permanent storage, the images in the camera memory are temporary. They should be uploaded to a computer for permanent storage.

The next stage of the workflow is uploading images next

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