by Julieanne Kost

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June 16, 2014

Since people often ask me when I convert my files to DNG, I will admit that I don’t convert until after I am finished editing the images (including rating, keywording and developing them).  Why? Because, although I could convert on import, I throw away a fair amount of images in my editing process, and I figure that there’s no sense in wasting the time to convert files that I’m going to throw away.

Of course you don’t have to wait until the end of your workflow to convert your images, I just find it satisfying to convert as a final step. Plus, this way I know that any image that is a DNG has made it through my entire workflow.

Below are two videos with more information about DNG:


  • By John Blackwood - 6:00 AM on June 16, 2014  

    This is a good suggestion. I think I may try it in my workflow. Currently I store all my new images on a SSD until they are sorted and edited. When I think I am done working on them I move them to a 3TB hard drive. During the move would be a good time to convert. I currently have 4 drives I use for storage. The SSD for what I am working on, a 3TB external for all my PC backup files, a 3TB external that I store offsite and bring home every 2 weeks to copy files from my other backup drive. Finally a 3TB internal where I keep working copies of all my files.

  • By Bill Fosdick - 7:21 AM on June 16, 2014  

    Thank you for your web tutorials. I have really enjoyed them as I learn to use the tools available to me. I will now explore dng files on my computer since I cannot open Amy more screens on my phone. 🙂

  • By Jeff Gamble - 9:54 AM on June 16, 2014  

    I never thought of it this way, I’ve always converted on import. Is there another technical reason to wait? Is there any information lost on the DNG convert?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 9:59 AM on June 16, 2014  

      There isn’t any technical reason to wait – there is not any information lost on the conversion.

  • By Richard Birger - 2:58 PM on June 16, 2014  

    Another great idea, Thanks Julieanne is one of if not the best Adobe teacher!

    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:02 PM on June 16, 2014  

      Thank you Richard!