I've been reading many photo books. Inevitably, ALL the authors (some seasoned photographers themselves) will go thru how to adjust the fine details such as colour temp, brightness, contrast, etc, using a RAW converter software, eg Photoshop RAW.
Then they will all say: Ok, if you want to have a life, you don't want to be doing the RAW editing image by image. True. So they introduce this feature called BATCH PROCESSING. Phew, seems like a God-send solution.
Or maybe not.
These photographers will simply assume there are many shots which require identical editing. If that's the case, why not. Batch works like magic.
But in the REAL world, at least for me, Batch processing is far from realistic. For eg, when I travel, let's say I shoot 1000 images. And in the end, I select 300 that I like. It is very unlikely that there will be many images that I could put thru batch processing. One moment I shot say 2 indoors in incandescent lighting where AWB (Auto White Balance) usually screws the colours up.
Then next moment, I was outdoors. Perhaps my exposure required some tweaking a little. Then the next moment, I'm somewhere else doing other kind of shots. For every image, there will be some "customized/unique" tweaking required. How can I possibly do a BATCH PROCESSING? At best, it's only 2-3 shots. Now, out of 300 images that I have, those pathetic few shots here and there hardly improve my workflow.
So how do you all ensure you get your processing done quickly enough not to lose sleep over it? For me, in my last overseas trip, I took literally months to do the editing and it's getting me very tired! (And losing some interest in using DSLR/shooting RAW when I'm overseas actually!) I know it's not effective so I hope some kind members here can share your workflow.
My suspect is that those pros/photo book authors shoot in controlled lighting (eg studio) where many of their shots can simply be processed in batches. That makes sense. Or for landscape, press or Nat Geog photographers, they shoot hundreds and thousands of images but they only need to choose a very small handful to make it to print. So naturally, batch or even image by image editing is no big deal.
Thanks very much!