What is your workflow?


gimumancer

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hi everyone, care to share your workflow? in my case, for example for whole day family/friends events/outings/photoshoots, i take ~200 pictures, ~50% gets shortlisted to be shared on facebook/flickr, ~50% of the shortlisted gets post processed, these are pics with nice mood or scene that I know if post processed will pop out, with that it takes me ~ 2hours to finish all with the post processing taking the most time for me..since i've owned a dslr, i have been really conscious of every picture I take and share so I make sure they live up to my standards, since sometimes i have no time to post process,im unable to post some albums id like to..im using lightroom and just jpg..looking forward to comparing notes or advise for a more efficient workflow
 

Ah_K

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What I'd do is to...
1) select shots that are good (learn to just dump those that cannot make it or 50/50 type)
2) LR to basic develop the images (levels, WB, contrast)
3) advance touch up in Photoshop.
4) Post to facebook/clubsnap/blog etc

if quality is the key and you'd want others to see what you are really capable of, my advice is to touch up properly before posting anything. Some of my images requires more than 2 hrs of touch up in photoshop per image (not that my original negative is bad or anything, but a good image does not just appear after u press the trigger on the camera. at least not yet! haha)!
 

gimumancer

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What I'd do is to...
1) select shots that are good (learn to just dump those that cannot make it or 50/50 type)
2) LR to basic develop the images (levels, WB, contrast)
3) advance touch up in Photoshop.
4) Post to facebook/clubsnap/blog etc

if quality is the key and you'd want others to see what you are really capable of, my advice is to touch up properly before posting anything. Some of my images requires more than 2 hrs of touch up in photoshop per image (not that my original negative is bad or anything, but a good image does not just appear after u press the trigger on the camera. at least not yet! haha)!
thanks for sharing! whoah 2hrs for one image? i thought i was already spending too much time on PP hehe..that's why i have not yet learned photoshop, someday maybe, lightroom so much easier, just sliders..but what about those normal pictures? like in bday parties, bbq parties etc..do you still spend that amount of time tweaking the image?
 

Ah_K

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thanks for sharing! whoah 2hrs for one image? i thought i was already spending too much time on PP hehe..that's why i have not yet learned photoshop, someday maybe, lightroom so much easier, just sliders..but what about those normal pictures? like in bday parties, bbq parties etc..do you still spend that amount of time tweaking the image?
like what? group shots?
no i dun spend so much time on group shots. infact i don't take alot of them in the first place
do keep in mind that the sliders are actually really detrimental to the quality of the image. but that is really advanced talk. You'd probably have to attend a course to appreciate why.

but if u dun wanna spend so much time of the group shots, create a preset, to adjust the levels, contrast, noise reduction etc. and apply it to all the similar (group shots). Afterwards all u need to do is go through all the shots, to make sure all the WB are proper. if they aren't good enuf, adjust one of the shots, and then copy the settings over to the rest. that will save up enuff time for a cuppa :)
 

gimumancer

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like what? group shots?
no i dun spend so much time on group shots. infact i don't take alot of them in the first place
do keep in mind that the sliders are actually really detrimental to the quality of the image. but that is really advanced talk. You'd probably have to attend a course to appreciate why.

but if u dun wanna spend so much time of the group shots, create a preset, to adjust the levels, contrast, noise reduction etc. and apply it to all the similar (group shots). Afterwards all u need to do is go through all the shots, to make sure all the WB are proper. if they aren't good enuf, adjust one of the shots, and then copy the settings over to the rest. that will save up enuff time for a cuppa :)
yeah like group shots, thanks for the tips! and great blog btw! glad i posted here..will be lurking here and search some great tips from resident masters
 

stunna88

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Outings with friends: Shoot in JPEG, select a few nice ones n upload to FB!

Photoshoot/photo outings: Shoot in RAW convert to DNG, process only 10% of it in Lightroom/Photoshop or both, upload to flickr via flickr uploader!
 

night86mare

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save to jpg from raw, shots that are no good that i somehow kept before uploading delete. in raw, if necessary change wb, adjust exposure.

most of the time the selection is just from repeated shots and compositions, just in case any somehow managed not to be sharp.

in photoshop (jpg):

1) start with highlight/shadow recovery
2) adjust any distortions/tilts if applicable
3) do layering to balance out exposure in landscape/scenics if applicable (if doing DRI, then this would be first step since using 2 different exposures)
4) adjust color balance
5) adjust curves
6) noise reduction
7) USM (if applicable)
 

mabmy

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Well usually i shoot in raw and after that i will filter out my shots on the big screen, as you know, those small lcd on our cam can be quite misleading. After that has been done, those that cannot make it will be deleted.

in photoshop, these are what i usually do after correcting the white balance and exposure in raw.

1. Auto level
2. Shadow and highlights.
3. Play around with curves
4. Reduce noise if necessary.
5. unsharp mask.

There, but nothing beats getting it right the 1st time so that you don't have to pp so much. :)
 

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