For Beginners Only - 8

10 December 2014

SIG: Travel

Digital Photography Workflow

A disciplined photography workflow is essential if you want to spend more time behind the camera than in front of the computer.


Here's a summary of mine which has been refined during my 50 years of photography, transitioning from film to digital during the last 10 years (most of my film equipment is now in a museum). My career included work with process and project management systems and relational databases. This experience has been useful in evolving a photography workflow method which works well for me.


I hope that this provides at least a foundation for you to adapt to the way in which you prefer to work.


1 - Shoot as if using film. This single thought has saved me hours in my study. A big problem I found with digital was taking so many shots that I spent too much time at the computer and not enough behind the camera.


2 - Copy Images to PC. At the end of a day's shoot I load the raw images from the card or the Portable Hard Disk (not the camera) to my iMac into a sub-folder "project" within "month" within "year" within a main folder "Awaiting Process".


It suits me to organise this way as I'm pretty good at remembering when I shot an image. The "Preserved Filename" in the metadata is very useful when my keywording practices have been slack or a search on keyword brings up a lot of images. If I'm looking for an image which I have processed in Adobe RAW or Lightroom and then in Photoshop, a search on the "Preserved Filename" finds all versions of the image very quickly ...


This article is an extract from the original which goes into more detail about digital photography workflow.

Previous Articles in the series - 


1 - "Photography Technique - Holding the Camera"


2 - "Photography Technique - The Essentials"


3 - "Photography Technique - Composition"


4 - "Photography Technique - Lighting"


5 - "Photography Technique - Exposure"


6 - "Photography Technique - Focus"


7 - "Photography Technique - Practise"