Data Validation Overview

Data validation is a fancy term for knowing whether you still have all of the digital files you think you have and whether they are well preserved.

Backup System Configurations

Backup systems can be very simple if we have just one computer. They get progressively more complex when we add multiple computers and multiple drives of image data. What are the best ways to organize your particular backup system.

Backup Types

There are many different ways we can do backups, and choosing the right method depends on what we are backing up.

Backup Overview

We may not be able to prevent hard drive failures, but we can prevent having it result in data loss if we have a solid backup plan and implement it.


A more descriptive term for EXIF is camera settings. It is automatically applied by your camera and can be used to determined the date and time the photo was taken as well as the f/stop, shutter speed, and other camera settings.

Metadata Templates

Metadata is often a large collection of small details. Metadata templates are the best way to embed or associate metadata with image files in a streamlined, efficient, repeatable and comprehensive way.


Keywords are one of the most flexible ways to describe your images. These descriptions can be of great use when organizing and searching your picture collection. Keywords are an especially essential attribute for stock image collections.

Catalog Software Basics

Catalog software makes managing an image collection much easier. We feel that it is an essential component of digital imaging workflow.

File Naming

Digital files are easily renamed. What are the basic rules and recommendations for file naming?

Directory Structure

We put image files into folders, and we can put folders inside of other folders. This hierarchy of folders is what we call the directory structure.  What are the best ways to organize your directory structure?
Last Updated September 22, 2015