A Quick Tip On Workflow
November 18, 2010
Having a good and efficient workflow can greatly help speed up your work and spend more time shooting less time in front of the computer. This workflow is what I always use, since I started in Digital Photography and it works for me. Here it is:
- A day Before the shoot.
- Charge all batteries – Camera Batteries, Flash Batteries, Backup Batteries, Sansa Music Player
- Make sure all cameras are working
- Reset camera to base configuration – ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Ballance, you don’t want to be shooting all day with an ISO of 1600 or with your white balance set to Tungsten. Set it to your base config.
- Format all Memory Cards on Camera. I never format my CF and SD Cards on the computer.
- Make sure all lenses are clean.
- Prepare and Pack your gear bags
- Day of the shoot
- Don’t forget your gear bags
- After the shoot
- Downloading/Importing images to computer – use a card reader, never download/import images straight from the camera, it’s slow and I noticed that it’s prone to file corruption especially if you’re storing your raw files over a network drive. It’s always reliable and way faster to use a card reader.
- Lightroom – Create a catalog for every shoot, or if you need to store it in the same catalog, make sure your catalog doesn’t exceed 5000 photos, I noticed in using Lightroom 2.7, tends to slow down if I have 5000 and more of photos in my library.
- Let Lightroom manage your photos, I always do my imports inside Lightroom, I just create a folder where I want to store my photos and it does the importing.
- Before importing the photo, you can also tell lightroom to use a specific preset to apply to your photos if needed.
- Sometimes I have to do a simple edit or needed to apply a preset from my preset library, this can be done in bulk or in only one photo. After all the Edits, the next is Noise Reduction, and the final step before exporting is Sharpening. Always do your sharpening last.
- There are times I need to use Photoshop CS5, so from lightroom I pick the photo that I need to edit and from lightroom, choose to edit in Photoshop CS5, after editing, I use Photoshops built-in noise reduction feature to reduce the noise and the last photoshop tool is the sharpen feature and then the finish photo is returned to my Lightroom Catalog.
- After all this editing and stuff, the final and last step to a finish product is the exporting. In export, you can resize the photo in the size that you want.
What’s your workflow suggestion? Care to share? You can leave a comment below.
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