Jameson Inn, Wallace, Idaho
Way back in the last century, I kept meticulous darkroom printing notes written on paper with pencil and bound in a three ring binder. I faithfully recorded dates, negative numbers, dodging and burning notes, enlarger to baseboard height and f/stops, chemistry, times, temperatures and of course, which type and grade of paper I used, especially if I used variable contrast filters. It got even more detailed when I was doing platinum prints. I don’t do anywhere near that level of note taking now that I have a digital workflow instead of a darkroom process. Maybe I should be just as concerned about my digital workflow as I was with my analog process.
I have the odd file here and there with screen shots showing various dialog boxes for printing and a group of settings for various LightRoom Toning Presets. There’s EXIF data and the lrcat (LightRoom Catalog) file with the history of the original files. My files also go through InDesign and Acrobat before they become the art work that you see. I need to consider how to preserve the post-LightRoom and Photoshop image processing details on the path to the final print. Having records of what digital processing steps taken and settings would save a bunch of time in completing future projects and assure myself I am creating a consistent product.