Today's topic: workflow
I think this is the term for the process a photographer goes through to take images from camera to final edited form.
As I am still fairly new to photography I am still trying to figure out a workflow that works for me. Right now, it looks like this (and by right now, I mean as of today where I have been shooting in RAW for four days now):
- Copy NEF (RAW) files to the hard drive.
- Run them through a converter to change them to DNG (digital negative) files. A converter is necessary since I am using a D40x camera with an older version (4) of Photoshop Elements.
- Import all the DNG files into the Photoshop Elements Organizer
- Delete all the clutter photos, the junk, the unfocused, the stuff that will never be worth looking at and is just taking up hard drive space.
- Select the photo(s) I want to edit and open in the Photoshop Editor.
- Edit using Adobe Camera RAW editor. Here is where I just move the sliders around until the colors look the way I want them.
- Open in the Standard Editor. Crop. Sit and wonder what else to do since I fixed all the color and stuff in the RAW editor.
- Save as a psd file or a jpeg. I save psd when I think I may want to go back and edit differently at another time. Jpeg if I'm just done.
- Groan because it will take me ten times longer with RAW to edit the hundreds of photos I take in a week.
- Drop the photo(s) into the Flickr Uploader.
- Get a snack.
I have a few thoughts and questions for the other photographers out there:
- If I shoot in RAW, not only is the file huge to begin with, but now I am saving up to four files of the same image (NEF, DNG, PSD, JPEG) Do you other photographers have all this? Do you sell your photos just to buy hard drive space? Do you ever delete the NEF or do you hold onto it in case you would want to go back and re-edit from the beginning? Maybe only for the "good" photos?
- I have now taken over 12,000 photos with my camera, so my file numbers have started to repeat. Since 10,000, I've been changing all the file names to a word + date + number. What do you all do?