Photography Friday:Workflow

In an effort to introduce some focused content into my blog, I’m introducing Photography Fridays. These blogs will be focused on various aspects of photography, ranging from workflow to equipment that I use.

Before I got into photography, I was under the false assumption that it was all pointing and shooting a camera, however since I’ve fallen into photography and developed a passion for it, I’ve learned that there is way more to it than I ever thought.

One of the first things I learned was that a photographer spends more time at the computer than behind the camera. When you shoot a few thousand photos of a wedding or an event, those photos need to get pulled off the camera and processed.

While it’s true that you want to get as many things right in-camera as you can to limit editing, there will usually be some, and through the editing process you can actually make some ‘meh’ photos really pop.

I normally pull the photos off the camera’s memory card using Adobe Bridge. It pulls the photos off the card and dumps them into a specific file in the photos directory of my MacBook.

After the photos are safely onto my hard drive, I will switch programs, this time moving into ACDSee, my one piece of non-Adobe software that I use. It is a great, and fast, tool for rapidly going through photographs from a shoot, and thanks to the shortcuts, it is very easy to tag photos I want to look at further with a press of a key. I found by using ACDSee I shaved nearly 15 minutes off my workflow, a substantial increase in productivity.

One I have the photos tagged that I want to keep, I’ll move into Adobe Lightroom to do most of my editing. It took a bit to get to know Lightroom, but thanks to the online training courses available on the Adobe website it was something I was able to learn quickly, and it is now my go to.

I’ll edit the photos until I get them where I want them, then when I am done, I’ll export them to a sub-folder in the same file as the originals. Using the exporter in Lightroom, it will batch save all the files you’ve processed. You can have the photos resized, renamed, and moved virtually anywhere you want them to be on your computer.

The number and types of changes I use in the exporter depend on what I’m going to be using the pictures for. If they are for Social Media only, they will get shrunk and marked with my water mark. If they are for the paper, they will be renamed and resized to the papers spec.

After I am done working on the files I’ll upload the original files to my cloud backup, and both originals and edits will be backed up to two separate portable hard drives.

As you can see, there is much more involved in modern day photography than just taking the picture.

Thanks for checking this out.


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