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Subject: Re: When is the right time to convert to DNG



I think your (rmyoung's) workflow is perfect, except I would keep the "temporary" folder as a permanent backup, ideally on a separate external drive.

If you have a system of making backups onto DVD or some other archival medium, that system could then incorporate purging the backup folder. As long as the number of copies (combination of raw/DNG is OK) is never less than 2, aside from the initial imaging onto the card, of course.

The chief workflow advantage of DNG's is that Adobe software can write them, which means that metadata can be kept right inside the DNG, as Barry notes. Then if you move the DNG around or send it to another computer you don't have to worry about the metadata going with it.

Another workflow advantage is that the conversion acts as an integrity check on the raw file, so doing the conversion very early, while the card is stil intact, provides an extra check that the copying went OK.

--Marc

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