As a San Diego Photographer, I tend to take a lot of pictures and not just for business. The weather is great 99.9% of the time, the temperature is pretty much perfect and we have a lot going on here. There is always something going on somewhere, even if you have to drive a little.
With all these pictures being taken, they need to be imported, labeled, categorized, processed, and exported. I used to use Adobe Photoshop, but let’s face it processing a couple of hundred pictures, will take time and that’s where Adobe Lightroom comes in handy. You are able to do all this, in about half the time. Here are some of the steps that I use for post production, of my pictures:
- Before importing pictures, I figure out what the naming convention will be for this set of pictures, depending on the of event or shoot.
- While importing, I create the new folder, for the pictures and rename them at the same time.
- I keep a Word document with all my Metadata and I copy, paste, and apply it to all pictures, for that particular shoot.
- This next part is the fun, sorting. This is probably the longest part of the process. I will usually rate every photo that I like with a 3 and the color Red. If the picture pops out at me, I will give it a rating of 5. If I need a different type of edit to it, I will mark it Yellow or another color. This is so when I perform global edits, I can sort by color and make it easier.
- I then start to work, by going into Develop Mode and sorting the pictures by color. I will then adjust the following: White Balance, Exposure, Fill Light, Blacks, and Saturation and apply it to all applicable pictures.
- For most shots, I will stop there and start the exporting process.
- For exporting I do the following: select the desired pictures, create the Export folder, adjust the Image Size & Resolution, Sharpen the Output, and of course add a Watermark. Oh and click the Export Button. Voilà
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.