January 02, 2008
Non-destructive imaging: Easy as PIE
"Over the last couple of decades," writes photographer and author Peter Krogh, "the term non-destructive has been applied to many different
kinds of imaging technologies. While the term is useful as a broad classification, it covers so much ground that it can often add more confusion than clarity…"
With an eye towards helping identify which type of non-destructive imaging offers the best tools for given tasks, Peter has written an interesting and thorough overview (PDF) of what, exactly, entails "non-destructive imaging." In it he proposes some terminology–e.g. Parametric Image Editing, or "PIE"–to help distinguish one kind of approach from another. Thanks to Peter for all the hard work in parsing the issues & proposing clearer ways to talk about them.
The paper joins others in Adobe’s collection of Adobe digital photography white papers and primers. The paper have been very well received, and you might find them worth browsing.