Peter Krogh’s Star Rating System for Digital Asset Management
Peter Krogh recommends a 10 to 1 ratio between each star rating. That is, for every 4-star photo, there should be 10 3-star photos, and 100 2-star photos. The catalog, as a collection, will scale up well this way for filtering. These are his catagories.
- Reject/Outtakes – Bad photos.
- Neutral – Neither good or bad. They are just there and could be useful. Examples: Images used for composites, parts of HDR stack, or panorama.
- 1 star – Good enough to show client
- 2 star – Good enough to recommend to client
- 3 star – Best out of an entire collection.
- 4 star – Even better, deserves to be in your portfolio
- 5 star – Reserved for when 4 stars collection grows too large and needs extra filtering.
- Unrated – Photos that have not been examined yet. Be sure to differentiate these from Neutral photos.
To read more, pick up his book The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
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