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    Hey all, I would like to know especially for those who shoot weddings or for clients, whats your editing workflow is like. Do you resize your photos first before editing or edit using the original resolution then resize in order to have good prints?

    If you do resize, whats the most advisable size to process at without neglecting the output later during printing. I assume most will edit then resize first for web viewing?

    Thanks in advance for your views.

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    If you resize first, you will lose detail before you start editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velasco View Post
    Hey all, I would like to know especially for those who shoot weddings or for clients, whats your editing workflow is like. Do you resize your photos first before editing or edit using the original resolution then resize in order to have good prints?

    If you do resize, whats the most advisable size to process at without neglecting the output later during printing. I assume most will edit then resize first for web viewing?

    Thanks in advance for your views.
    Hello, velasco bro.
    Sorry I didn't get your question. You mean resizing or cropping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by velasco View Post
    Hey all, I would like to know especially for those who shoot weddings or for clients, whats your editing workflow is like. Do you resize your photos first before editing or edit using the original resolution then resize in order to have good prints?

    If you do resize, whats the most advisable size to process at without neglecting the output later during printing. I assume most will edit then resize first for web viewing?

    Thanks in advance for your views.
    you edit first, then resize.

    note that when you resize there might be a drop in sharpness, then you should sharpen accordingly again.

    this will keep maximum quality.

    to be honest though, i doubt it really matters, at least not to naked eye.

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    For me I'll edit first too. Resizing is last actually.

    My typical workflow is to Adjust Exposure, WB, Contrast etc / Convert to Jpg / Do more editing in Photoshop if needed/ Batch Process for Noise Reduction / Lastly Resize and Rename. I generally try to do everything on the computer instead letting the Camera do it. That way i have maximum control over everything. Hope this helps.

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    1 more factor to consider... if TS is using a slow notebook to edit. then resize first and edit later can save a bunch of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blurry80 View Post
    1 more factor to consider... if TS is using a slow notebook to edit. then resize first and edit later can save a bunch of time.
    then start to hantum yourself if you need the high res version later on...
    sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clown View Post
    then start to hantum yourself if you need the high res version later on...

    That was what happened to me thus the question. So now, thanks to all your advice, I have cultivate this practice. Edit than resize. Gah, I've been dumb for the past year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clown View Post
    then start to hantum yourself if you need the high res version later on...
    Yup but then you still have the original copy. Also depends on your deadline and number of photos to edit. If large number and your pc not so fast you may not be able to deliver which will result in loss of customer confidence.

    Of course nowadays PCs are generally fast, try doing some surface blur techniques see how long it takes to process 1 pic at full rez.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blurry80 View Post
    Yup but then you still have the original copy. Also depends on your deadline and number of photos to edit. If large number and your pc not so fast you may not be able to deliver which will result in loss of customer confidence.

    Of course nowadays PCs are generally fast, try doing some surface blur techniques see how long it takes to process 1 pic at full rez.
    if you've achieved a wonderful effect on a small res jpeg, chances are you cant repeat it if you're gonna reprocess from the original file a second time.

    for professionals with regular clients, i seriously do not think financing a new PC or Mac is going to be a problem. It's quite strange when one can spent so much on the camera system but choose to scrimp and save on the computer which processes the images.
    remember, a chain is only as strong as the weakest link.
    sigh.

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    now im in a dilemma. i followed the silly process of editing with a low res file now i cannot replicate that bigger. anyone can advice me how to enlarge it back? its quite impossible huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clown View Post
    if you've achieved a wonderful effect on a small res jpeg, chances are you cant repeat it if you're gonna reprocess from the original file a second time.

    for professionals with regular clients, i seriously do not think financing a new PC or Mac is going to be a problem. It's quite strange when one can spent so much on the camera system but choose to scrimp and save on the computer which processes the images.
    remember, a chain is only as strong as the weakest link.
    That's true. What I mean is it's is a factor to consider. Let me quote an example, if you shoot actual day wedding in morning and need to prepare montage in few hours however you only have a netbook. And you'll have to decide on a workflow that deliver high quality and on time.

    Ts , no easy way to get back the bigger file but you can try up reZing in steps of 10% and sharpening after you reach the desired size
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    Quote Originally Posted by blurry80 View Post
    That's true. What I mean is it's is a factor to consider. Let me quote an example, if you shoot actual day wedding in morning and need to prepare montage in few hours however you only have a netbook. And you'll have to decide on a workflow that deliver high quality and on time.

    Ts , no easy way to get back the bigger file but you can try up reZing in steps of 10% and sharpening after you reach the desired size
    my reply wouldnt belong to this subforum but oh well:

    The proper solution will be to charge higher and get someone to handle the montage work or get a better laptop. It's a wake up call to the 300-700 bux per day wedding 'professional' photogs to start getting their act together or die struggling.
    sigh.

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    Thanks for advice.
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