From freelancers to small businesses to enterprises, everyone’s looking for a way to optimize their creative output without sacrificing quality in the process. For photographers, who are most often at the start of the production cycle, efficient workflows are vital, as the effects of delayed delivery on their end can trickle down through entire projects.
DAM software that can be tailored specifically to photography workflows makes creating the most efficient creative workflows easy.
So let’s waste no more of that valuable production time and take a look at how DAM software helps you boost your photography business’s productivity.
How workflow management can take your productivity to the next level
The foundation of DAM software is the simple and accessible storage and management of creative assets. In itself, that’s already a DAM decent perk whether you’re sitting on thousands (or millions) of photography assets, taken over years over countless projects, or just starting to manage a couple of hundred images for your side gig.
But DAM functionality has blossomed so far beyond storage optimization. If you’re not integrating your DAM with your entire workflow, you’re missing out on half of the fun.
DAM software lets you increase productivity at every stage of your workflow:
- Photoshoot: Completely do away with time-consuming administration by syncing your photoshoot directly with your DAM library and uploading assets into preset folders. Or do a bulk upload of up to 1000 images and get a well-deserved coffee after a long day’s work.
- Editing: Simplify the way you manage edited assets by integrating your digital tools with your DAM library and saving asset edits in real time. Access markups and comments on assets from your workspace without toggling between digital tools.
- Approval: Share edited assets in collections that make it easy for stakeholders to view and offer feedback on images in the DAM. No more downloads and uploads and constant back-and-forth emailing. Approval and markups are made directly on your DAM library, and creatives are notified of changes in project status through automated notifications.
- Distribution: Whether your photography assets are connected to larger projects or published directly, automated distribution makes it easy to connect your assets to where they need to be in the shortest time possible.
The greatest feature DAM offers you is the ability to automate your workflow and keep projects rolling without constant monitoring. With globaledit’s automation recipes that optimize every stage of the workflow, you get to plug into the future of your workflow without any hassle.
5 photography workflow management tips your business needs
Photography workflow management shouldn’t have to overshadow hands-on creative production just to get the best results. globaledit’s features are built to make your workflow easier, allowing you to stay on top of your production cycle without any strain.
Follow these tips to get your workflow management up to scratch.
Tip1: Develop a streamlined system for sorting and organizing your creative assets
If your photography file management workflow is automated right from the start, you’re set up for success from the get-go. Create a folder structure that suits your project landscape – clients, years, projects, whatever suits your business. And enrich assets with metadata to ensure you can easily find them at any time.
DAM is all about collaboration, so ensure that each person in your team is granted access to the stages of production they will be working on.
Tip 2: Use DAM software to make workflow management easy
Your DAM offers you a panoramic view of your workflow, from single assets to entire projects. With an eagle’s eye view of each step and access to every markup and comment on every version of assets, your DAM lets you identify the snags in productivity.
With that insight as your foundation, you can focus on proactively fixing the shortcomings of your production cycle.
Tip 3: Integrate your DAM with your workspace digital tools
DAM software shouldn’t require you to overhaul your creative workspace – it should integrate with the workspace you’re already comfortable with. An integrated workstation allows creatives to stay in their zone, with access to project feedback and markups visible from their creative tools.
Tip 4: Create a workflow that works for you and stick to it
Once your workflow is optimized, automated, integrated, and ready to rock, stick to it. When your workflow works, allow it to do its job and create an efficient creative ecosystem.
An effective workflow may take time to settle into, so allow your teams (and yourself) to explore the possibilities before changing things up.
Tip 5: Experiment and find what works best for you
That said (about sticking to it and all), your DAM is your playground and you have free reign to explore every possibility.
Finding a workflow that works for you and your team is a journey, and it shouldn’t be inhibited by any workflow advice that doesn’t suit your team.
Partner with globaledit for the best DAM photography workflow
If you’re looking for the best photography workflow management tool, you’ve found it. globaledit allows you to make your workflow your own while helping you take your productivity to the next level.
Are you ready to find out how globaledit can help you manage your photography workflow?