Workflow and software recomendatios for aspiring pro please.

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Workflow and software recomendatios for aspiring pro please.
Oct 21, 2012

The basics:  I've had much time behind a camera, not so much in front of a screen, a little time with ACR .  I shoot RAW, landscape, macro, portraits, functions (sometimes lots of images), sunsets.

The gear: Pentax K-7 (maybe a K-5II?) and fast glass etc. Macbook Pro 17", Aperture3 - hardly used yet.

The goals: Sort out my image filing/management.  Develop an efficient workflow from card to basic adjustments to more complex editing, output/backups.

It seems from reading these forums and other places there are a few main contenders for software: Aperture, LR4, CS6 and maybe Gimp.

I'm anticipating my workflow might look like:

1) s/ware to download, add file names file and copy to external drive

2) review to delete obvious losers, rate others

3) add metadata (copyright, keywords etc.)

4) process images for basics like WB, exposure etc.

5) curves?

6) more advanced processing/editing for images with a large contrast range eg. sunsets

7) convert to TIFF?/Jpeg?

8) file and copy to ext. hard drive

Questions:

a) any suggestions/sites/tutorials to add to the above workflow?  (I've heard of DIM 4.0 and Photo Mechanic).

b) I like the simplicity of the review mode in Bridge to delete losers, what software from the main contenders or elsewhere have a similar fast and simple review mode to delete and add ratings?

c) with processing software it seems from the 'side by side comparison' on this site the above contenders seem very similar in features.  Price aside, is it mainly a matter of personal preference or are there any other significant differences?  and any other software suggestions?

d) I've read that most processing/editing doesn't require CS6.  Would I need it for i) dust removal? ii) the likes of large contrast range shots like sunsets (I've heard of the 'blend' mode being used for this)?

c) any other suggestions advice please?

Many thanks,

Dave.

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