GWG Announces New Digital Photography Specifications

GWG Announces New Digital Photography Specifications

Free downloads available for photographers and publishers

Ghent, Belgium – January 8, 2014 – The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) today announces that new Digital Photography specifications are available for download, at no cost, at: Two versions are available: “News Photography”, for newspaper production; and “Shootings”, for magazine and studio-quality production. The latest GWG Digital Photography specifications, based on those of GWG member association Medibel+, give photographers and publishers a compact set of digital photography guidelines for print production.

GWG recommends using these guidelines with digital photography projects for print production. Doing so will insure correct implementation of ICC color management and standards, which are essential to maintaining maximum quality from original capture through to the final, printed result.

“Recent developments in digital photography made an update of the GWG Digital Photography specifications necessary. In addition to improving processing and production guidelines to align more smoothly with the latest digital imaging applications, the download also includes best practices for professionals whose everyday work relies on outstanding production quality,” says David Zwang, GWG Chairman.

Digital Photography Specification Highlights
Highlights include, but are not limited to:
‘How-to’ screenshots compatible with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop.
“Shoot-Optimize-Save” function reorganized to better match photographer set-up process when using Adobe Photoshop.
Image delivery now directed to recipients’ online portals.
By user request, more detailed IPTC information/fields have been added.

Free GWG Downloads and Educational Resources
These newest GWG specifications and other educational resources are available for download at no cost, at: GWG has hosted multiple educational events worldwide in the past year, to further share its latest specifications and findings with the industry. To learn about upcoming GWG events and news, follow GWG on Facebook, at:

About the GWG
The Ghent Workgroup, formed in June 2002, is an international assembly of industry associations and suppliers from across Europe and the United States. The Ghent Workgroup’s objective is to establish and disseminate process specifications for best practices in graphic arts workflows.

Since its inception over ten years ago, the organization has consistently produced numerous process specifications for PDF exchange, as well as developing useful tools for automating processes and establishing consistent PDFs for print and publishing – all available free at:

Members are comprised of graphic arts associations including: BPIF (UK), CMBO (the Netherlands), DDPFF (Denmark), ERA (Germany), Febelgra (Belgium), FESPA (UK), FTA (USA), IDEAlliance (USA), Medibel+ (Belgium), Nederlands Uitgeversverbond/Cebuco (The Netherlands), PDFX-ready (Switzerland), Printing Industries of America (USA), (Norway), TAGA Italia (Italy), UNIC (France), VIGC (Belgium), and VSD (Switzerland).

Vendor members include: Adobe, Adstream, Agfa, Callas, Dalim Software, EFI, Enfocus, Esko, GMG Color, Kodak, Quark, Remote Director, and Specle.

Industry members are: Litografia Rosés, Phototype, Sagamgraphics, Sanoma Media Belgium, Soluzionisubito, and Square.

Educational members are: Mediagraf, Ryerson University, and University of Wuppertal.

For more information about the GWG, including a full list of its members and objectives, visit

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