Dawn Oosterhoff
Ottawa, Canada
Living in Ottawa, Canada, Dawn Oosterhoff works in an intoxicating pool of words and images. She specializes in technical communication, using editing, writing, and design to transform unstructured information into clear, usable, and visually attractive communication. Dawn is also a photographer with a particular interest in long-form narratives and environmental portraiture.
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    Caption, Description, Title, ALT: How to Add Semantic Information to ImagesHow to write semantic information
    Adding descriptive information to a photograph is an important tool for managing image files. In this article, we look at writing titles, captions, descriptions, and ALT text for photos.Read More…
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    How to Get The Best Results from Online Photo PrintersCompare prints preview
    Photographers are printing photos again, but instead of automatically printing all photos we now select a few images from hundreds and order our prints online. In this article, we consider the differences between online printing options and determine how best to prepare a digital image file for printing.Read More…
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    Unlock the Power of Ratings and Subjectivity in Your Photo Editing WorkflowTuts ratings subjectivity preview
    A well-designed editing system will save you processing time and energy by focusing you on the images worth your efforts. Editing, stage three of a DAM workflow, involves quickly and effectively reviewing your pictures to identify images that are suitable for your client or project. A staged process of review can help you perform that task objectively.Read More…
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    What's the Right Storytelling Platform for Your Pictures? 10 Questions to Help You ChooseWhichstorytellingplatform preview
    We’ve been telling stories forever, but the way we tell stories is changing. Technology and social media now provide us with new Internet-based platforms for storytelling. This article provides you with some guidelines for considering whether to use the new platforms and, if so, how to choose.Read More…
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    The Digital Shoebox: Minimum Viable Digital Asset ManagementDigitalshoebox preview
    Digital asset management must become a normal way of doing things, not an exception, for every person who touches a camera or video cam. To make DAM as easy as possible, we’ve created a digital shoebox: the most accessible, least boring, and most minimal DAM system our team could imagine.Read More…
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    Seeing in Colour: How Our Eyes Sense and Cameras RecordColour part 1 preview 1
    Digital photography has provided us with an opportunity to manipulate colour in a new way, and has also introduced technical variations that impact what we see and reproduce. By understanding how colour works, we can improve the emotional impact of our images and our technical approach for colour accuracy.Read More…
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    Choosing Data Storage Media for Photos and Video: When Not to Use Optical MediaOptical media preview
    There is a variety of storage media available for data storage, but use optical media—CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs—with caution. This article explains why.Read More…
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    7 Golden Rules of Digital Asset ManagementDam golden rules preview
    There are a few basic principles that sustain every digital asset management system. Learn those principles so you can decide where and how to customize your DAM system for success.Read More…
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    Pics or It Didn't Happen! Making Memory and Meaning in the Age of OverloadPicsoritdidnthappen preview
    Today, stories, claims, accomplishments, or experiences are not valid unless accompanied by a picture. The result is not that we have better records of events but that we feed our scepticism, distort our perceptions, and cheat our memories. This article examines that “pics or it didn’t happen” culture.Read More…
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    The Digital Pipeline: How to Safely Manage Images and Video from Capture to ArchiveDam pipeline preview 1
    A DAM workflow manages your assets from the moment you click your shutter through to archiving your finished work. Use this six stage workflow to minimize the opportunity for errors and loss, and maximize your data safety.Read More…
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    Make a Photo Story With Atavist: Long Form Visual NarrativeDawn oosterhoff 20150729 preview tuts
    A growing interest in long form narratives provide opportunities for photographers and videographers to build multi-media stories online. In this tutorial, we use Atavist to explore the basics of creating long form narratives and create an online story.Read More…
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    Do You Need a Picture Archive?You need an archive
    Digital asset management may sound like a complex, burdensome task necessary only for someone else's collections of images, but a digital asset management system needs to be only as big or as complex as your collection requires. Work your way through a few questions to determine what you might need to get started.Read More…