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A Bit Of History On Data | The Backbone Of The Modern Photographer’s Workflow

By Kishore Sawh on March 14th 2016

Is it not fascinating how technology manages to progress at such a rapid rate? For better or worse, I’m unsure sometimes, but what’s undeniably impressive about it is how people keep getting to those higher points. We can’t do it if we are constantly re-inventing the wheel, so instead we stand on the backs of geniuses and giants that have come before, absorb the knowledge they have earned, and then capitalize on it to move forward. Then the generations after us do the same. What I find strange is that within the general photography population, especially today, there seems to be little care for the history of photography and the fundamental concepts behind what we do.


I’ve written a series of pieces lately breaking down the tools and panels within Lightroom, because they are fundamental to getting your images to look how you want, and for whatever reason the fundamental grasp of those tools and concepts eludes many of us. I just don’t see how we can move forward without it.


The same value of fundamental basics isn’t only the reserve of applications, but to hardware, and that’s why we at SLRL spend a good amount of time and effort trying to illuminate how lenses work, and all the rest of it. If you understand how these things work, where they came from, how we measure them, and so forth, you’re best able to make smart purchases; wise equipment choices for specific uses, and generally do your best work. Likewise, the same could apply to data.

Data is very much the backbone of the modern photographer since it’s data we capture, data we manipulate, what we store, and what all of the equipment today is built around capturing. Ironically, however, many know very little about it, and that’s not surprising since it can get very technical, but it’s becoming increasingly important to understand it. It is, if I can be so bold, drab as hell to learn about, which is why I’m glad for Filmmaker IQ who has put together a video all about data. It’s about 20 minutes long, so it’s not entirely comprehensive, but it’s enough to make you much more learned.



You’ll learn how we count data, name it, store it, how we make files from it. This should help your understanding of why camera manufacturers focus on what they do; why some change is incremental while others seem like leaps and more. It’s certainly worth a watch, and in typical fashion, John Hess presents and delivers the material in a way that’s both interesting, and easy to follow.

Check it out below, and more from Filmmaker IQ here.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Shawn Kelley

    WOW! Mind BLOWN!!!
    Getting into the nitty gritty details makes things click that I never really understood before! Thanks for this info!

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