Today images goes through several adjustments and conversions. Each of conversion gives a quality loss. We should adjust the image as early as possible and then do as few corrections and conversions as possible. We at the newspaper can’t fine-tune every image. We must be able to use automatic conversion.
Keep the image in any of the standard color spaces (AdobeRGB or sRGB) and go straight from there to CMYK close to the press. Today most newspaper workflows are based on the use of the IFRA26 ICC profile instead of custom press color profiles.
The photographer should enter as much information as possible shortly after the shoot. Camera manufacturers need to ensure that information is embedded in a non-proprietary format
A problem today is that only 10 to 15 % of all incoming image files contain EXIF information.
“What I’d like to see…
* Further development of software capable of using Exif metadata. Products such as Agfa Intellitune
* Education of photographers (in terms of manipulating images prior to us receiving them)”
Notes from the first Photo Metadata Conference. This conference was held in Florence, Italy june 7, 2007. It was organized by Cepic, IPTC and IFRA. These are my private notes published to give you some idea of what was discussed. I will later write some articles from the conference and publish those on BLF.se and DigitalFotografen.se, but probably only in Swedish. If there are any demand I might make a short translated version in English. You can find presentations and more information at phmdc.org and cepic.org .