Work-flow is the method in which a photographer imports the images from a session into their computer and then complete a series of tasks to prepare each image so it is ready for the web and for printing. What makes a difference between a professional photographers images and ones that beginner captures or even your own? The difference is their work-flow, we don’t just upload photos straight from our cameras- there is a huge amount of time taken to work on each image before our clients ever even see them. Basically an editing process can take anywhere from 2-4 hours for every hour spent shooting the session.
- I use professional editing programs from Adobe. I always start the editing process in Adobe Lightroom and finish an image in Adobe Photoshop if needed.
- I import the images into Lightroom where I can sort through them and choose favorite and cast off any non-keepers. Non-Keepers are determined by facial expressions, composition, and the “Feeling” I get from an Image like was discussed in a previous discussion- “Listening to my Inner Yes.”
- I make edits in Lightroom and basic tweaks that can be applied to many different photos at once.
- I also treat each and every photo separately with different presets that create a color cast and an emotional feeling.
- I use Adobe Photoshop to treat a photo with textures, major editing on skin, or if there is something in the background that needs to be addressed.
- I then will save the photos as jpegs so they can be uploaded to my website or shared on Facebook and Instagram.
So when you view the images from your session for the first time, keep in mind that there has been more effort put into that image then just a press of a trigger button. There is more then just Blood, Sweat, and Ink put into an image.