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The Image Ingestion Phase

Transferring your images from the camera to the computer is one of the most critical yet often one of the least examined stages of your workflow. It’s critical because at this stage, your images exist only on the camera media. It’s not that Compact Flash, Secure Digital, or microdrives are dramatically more fragile than other storage media, it’s simply that there’s only one copy! Losing previews or camera raw settings is irritating, but you can redo the work. If you make mistakes during ingestion, though, you can lose entire images.

The following ground rules have stood me in good stead for several years—I’ve had my share of equipment problems, but thus far, I’ve yet to lose a single image.


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