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Monday, March 3, 2008

Special Delivery - The Best Ways To Transmit Images

Getting images to your clients fast is a hallmark of the Internet era, but too many pros get sloppy in their haste to get things there "right now." Here are a few tips on how to deliver work fast.



Other Image File Delivery Routes
If you plan to send your approved images via e-mail, using a compression program or hardware like CDs or DVDs are both good ways to get your final product to your client.

On the compression side of things, you have programs like WinZip and StuffIt that perform advanced algorithms to your images to cut down the actual file size to make it more manageable and easier to send through e-mail.

One of the most important steps a professional photographer can take is to appease all requests according to the client's wishes, and not only that, you want to make sure that you're creating an efficient workflow so that your client will come back to you for more jobs or refer you to other jobs.

“It's an extremely efficient compression, and the core algorithm that stands behind it all is designed to compress 24-bit bitmap files,” says Matthew Covington, Director of Resource Compression for StuffIt/Smith Micro. “We have a little algorithm running in front of that that converts all these different file formats back to their bitmaps before it actually compresses them. We tag the information for when we expand. We output the same file format that you started off with, so if you put a TIFF in, you get a TIFF out.”

If you're sending a hard copy of the images through the mail or a shipping service, you should provide your clients and potential clients with high-quality media; use the most durable and long-lasting/archival media available. Also, label the CD professionally using something like an inkjet disc for which you can print a concise and attractive label. Some companies that offer these sorts of media are Delkin, Sony, TDK and Verbatim, among others.

No More Roadblocks To Success
One of the most important steps a professional photographer can take is to appease all requests according to the client's wishes, and not only that, you want to make sure that you're creating an efficient workflow so that your client will come back to you for more jobs or refer you to other jobs.

Your images are your lifeblood in this business, and an important way to ensure that you're covering all your bases before the submission process is to do your due diligence. Usually when you get a gig from a potential client, they will provide you with detailed instructions of exactly what they want. Do everything they request. This can be anything from metadata and detailed caption information to size, file format and specifics to the sort of shots they expect.

It's not only necessary to do this for the client, but it's also a way for you to protect these intellectual properties for future usage of your images. When creating metadata, you should be sure to include your contact information, where the images were shot and copyright information so that you can put restrictions as to how the images can be used or not used. In this way, if your clients want to use your images again, all the information they need is available right there in the metadata, making it easier for you to get paid and become one of their go-to people.

Resources
GLOBALedit
www.globaledit.com
 
Microsoft
Expression Media
www.microsoft.com
/expression
 
SeeFile
www.seefile.com
 
StuffIt/Smith Micro
www.stuffit.com


 

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