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As a teacher, one of the things that I encounter quite often are students who are passionate about taking pictures, but then these same students have a little bit of a problem when they start to try to put together the pieces of an overall photographic workflow. I have always been interested in how we create this workflow, how do we capture our images and then store them and access them and organize them, and then also work on them? Now, one of the tools that really helps out with a photographic workflow is the Adobe Bridge. One of the things that you can think about in regards to the Adobe Bridge is what this tool can do for you is it can actually help you ingest or import your photos onto a hard drive.
Now, once you have these images, you can use Bridge to organize and access and manage all of these different photographs. And then you can open them up in Photoshop. One of the things that you will discover about your workflow is that you are going to jump back and forth between Bridge and Photoshop. In order to get a little bit better handle on Bridge, let me give you a more specific definition. Adobe Bridge is a powerful, easy-to- use, media manager which allows you to easily organize, browse, locate, and view your creative assets.
Now, let's take this one step further. Let's try an analogy on for size. Now, I have always been interested in how other photographers organize and access their photos. Here we can see some photographs that were captured by one of my students, Sammy Olson. If you are familiar with traditional photography, you may remember that what we used to do is take our slides, and we would set these slides on a light box or on a light table. And then we would organize them and group them and evaluate them. We would zoom in on the images with a loupe, and we would try to determine which images were best.
Now, in comparison, I like to think of Bridge as a digital light box extraordinaire. In other words, it really helps us get access to these photographs. In more specific terms what Bridge does for us is it gives us this organizational tool. It also lets us edit our images and determine which are the keepers and we can add labels or a star rating. We can also then filter our files or sort our files based on these different criteria that we have added to the images.
We can review the images or preview them in full screen. We can manage all of these different files. And of course we can do some other functional things like adding metadata. Or we can get creative, where we can process and develop our photographs from right inside of Bridge. We can also do some other more functional things like export photos out as JPEGs or create contact sheets. There are a handful of other tools that we can use from right inside of Bridge as well. So however you think about it, you are now discovering that Bridge is quite a powerful tool that will soon become an integral part to your overall photographic workflow.
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