What is your photography workflow for editing

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Workflow is a hot topic in the digital SLR world because you can do a lot more with your creations than people who take photos with smartphones. You don't just upload photos from your smartphones to Instagram. It starts with uploading photos from the camera to a computer, of course. You can then organize, sort, rate, tag, process, edit, print and archive photos.

A photography workflow has a couple of meanings. In a larger sense, it describes the process you follow as you work with your photos, starting from when you archive them for long-term storage. Workflow also means the more limited process you follow to edit and publish your recordings.

Workflow is a big topic of discussion, and the more detailed the workflow, the more people love to debate it. Preferred topics are whether you should sharpen before reducing noise or whether you should adjust brightness and contrast before correcting color. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all workflow - all of them are based in part on opinions.

The following general workflow is a good place to start:

  1. Set up the camera. Your workflow starts with the decisions you make when setting up the camera to take photos. Your selection here influences later steps.
  2. Transfer (and import) photos. Moving photos from the camera to the computer is done with. In many cases this means importing into your photo management software at the same time.
  3. Manage. Organize, sort, rate, geotag, filter, delete and add keywords to your photos.
  4. Fast processing. Quickly develop the photos you should be holding with a photo processing application like Adobe Lightroom. For example, you can make many photos look much better by adjusting brightness, contrast, and color, and making some other basic adjustments. The idea is to spend a little time improving your photos and printing or posting them online. This step applies to RAW and JPEG images.
  5. Complex machining. If you want to spend more time editing your photos, you can use an image-editing program like Adobe Photoshop to do more complex work. For example, you can make targeted adjustments with masks, mix different versions of the same shot, have more control over removing dust and other distractions, and much more. Some photos (especially HDR and panoramas) require special software.
  6. Publish. The whole point of the workflow is to create materials that are worth publishing, such as: E.g. a JPEG on your website or a Flickr photo stream or a high quality TIFF file for printing.
  7. Archiving. Back up the original photos. Also, save any additional editing or editing that you have made in the form of edited files or photo catalogs in long-term storage.

You can adapt this workflow example to your needs. In fact, you will be making a lot of adjustments depending on several factors:

  • Films: Do you need to change your workflow to work with movies that you recorded with your dSLR? That means more software and a much different editing and publishing process.
  • Other people: Do you need to fit into a process created by other people? Does someone else need to view or approve your work? Are you doing the approval?
  • Time: How much time do you have? Do you want to spend a lot of time or as little as possible per photo?
  • Photos: How many photos do you take? Does your workflow need to be able to handle tens of images a week or thousands?
  • Hardware: Do you have the camera and computer hardware to manage your workflow and run the software? Of course, over time you will need to update your system. Will you be working in an office / studio or on site? Weekend photo rides are fantastic. I like to have a laptop with me for reviewing photos and making backups. If you prefer to travel light, get extra memory cards. You can view photos on a television if you are near a room (perhaps in a hotel room). So remember to bring the correct wiring with you.
  • Software: What applications do you use? Are they up to date? Can you handle raw files from your DSLR? Do you need anything else (panorama or HDR software, plug-ins for noise reduction, other creative solutions)?
  • Priorities: In the end, deciding what to do (and what not to do) has a lot to do with your priorities. What is most important: speed, quality, compatibility, mobility or something else?