If you think that the hard work and planning stops after you have taken a photo then think again. Photography workflow is one of the most important jobs a photographer of any level has. If workflow isn’t maintained it can become so stressful and can lead to having multiple edited versions of the same image stored all over your computer.
Your work carries on long after that shutter speed has been pressed.
If you are anything like us you will shoot hundreds of images before you get a chance to upload them onto your computer and see them on a nigger screen.
A little tip: Never delete any images until you have seen them on a bigger screen. You never know what might be lurking in the background or what might spark inspiration.
When you get the images onto your computer you need to have a photography workflow plan. Months or years down the line you may remember an image and want quick access to it. Finding images quickly and knowing that the one in front of you is the original file is always helpful. Although the workflow is essentially the same for all photographers you can tweak things to suit how you work and view your images.
Raw or Jpeg?
This is always a personal preference thing. RAW files are larger and so take up more space. However, they are larger as they store more information. Also it is important to note that RAW files never deteriorate. The more you edit and move a JPEG file the lower the quality gets. Most photographers opt for RAW but it is personal preference.
You can read a lot more about the 2 here:
This is actually a bit of in camera work aswell as post shooting. Your exposure settings in camera should be as good as they can be but do not forget you can shoot knowing how and what to edit. If you want to shoot darker to preserve a nice sky, knowing full well you will be able to bring out shadows in editing, then that works fine. You should shoot images knowing what you want to do in editing.
This stage seems pretty self-explanatory doesn’t it? Get the images from your camera and onto your editing device. This process will lay foundations for future works so it is very important. You should be putting images into relevant folders and subfolders. Let’s say you have been on holiday to Switzerland for a week. It would make sense to then pop all those images in a folder with an appropriate name and date. You could even go further and start putting folders inside folders. For example separating each town with its own folder etc. This will really narrow down search efforts in future. It is always easier to go through 40 images in a well organised folder than 400 images all over the place.
We always recommend using Adobe Lightroom from start to finish. Aside from the incredible editing capabilities it has seamless integration with Photoshop, Facebook, Google drive and your folders on the computer. It also saves its own backup every time you close it!
When all images are imported there should be one thing on your mind.
BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP!
A hugely important step in your post photography workflow!
We recommend Google Drive as an Internet sourced backup. The great thing about google drive is you do not need to store all files on your computer to have access to them. Using the google drive preferences you can uninstall and re-download folders and files as and when you need them. The saves valuable space on your internal hard drive but never deletes them as they are stored online.
We also recommend using an external hard drive just in case anything ever went wrong. The great thing about Google Drive is that it will automatically backup new files for you including any files that you have just edited. Most photographers nowadays will backup but perhaps not often enough. It literally should be done every time you add new additions to your portfolio.
Self promotion should always be on your mind after a shoot. Boast about your best shots. Put your nicest images on your social channels. Try to keep a constant flow of new content coming through so people can see you are busy and working hard.
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