Does anybody else have this problem?

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SparkleHedgehog
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Does anybody else have this problem?
May 12, 2012

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

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You may laugh at this but I have had some good results with my 7 using Picassa. It doesn't get any easier and I especially like the sharpening tool in Picassa.
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Agree, that and the disk space requirements.

Would love to have an oompa loompa for this.

I organize files in folders, by date and/or event, and then operate on a folder using PP tools such as DxO or LR, browsing all files in the folder, but only processing those that speak to me.

Even, if many files, RAW settings are usually the same between pic, and I can use batch mode.

SparkleHedgehog wrote:

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

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SparkleHedgehog wrote:

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

I am totally ruthless when it comes to shots. I shoot RAW and edit in LR, but I use Faststone viewer (Free excellent powerful software BTW) first to open the folder, magnify each shot and delete really quick if its not sharp. I might come back from a bird shoot with around 200 - 300 images. Takes me around ........ 1 quick cup of coffee to sort out what is going into LR and what is going into the bin.

I guess generally at a rough guess out of 300 shots, only 20 might go into LR and theres no rush, the rest in the bin.

All the best.

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I got an oompa loompa off ebay for a bargain. Well worth the money. Now I sit back and let it edit the images.
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Shoot more selectively. I still try to do this. I guess it's my throw back to my film photography days when each click cost you money. You can tell I'm a Geezer!
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SparkleHedgehog wrote:

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

Most of the time I shoot JPEG, I open in Widows Photo Viewer, because it is fast, and start deleting. If its is not sharp or ?, the image is gone, no messing around. I can cut 100 photos down to ? very quickly. The rest are then worked on and saved as PNG files.

wll

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In reply to Jerry Canon, May 12, 2012

Agree with you, I usually only edit if there's something like a power line in the sky, or to crop or occasionally fix colors. I know there's a TON one can do with say Photoshop, but sometimes 1 or 3 good shots = 27 ones that need post processing..

Note every photo here was just reduced in size and posted - no editing:
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You're "spraying and praying", concentrate more on composition, timing and light. Take less shots and be more ruthless with what you delete. Ask yourself would you be happy to post this shot on a forum and why? If you don't think a shot is good enough to post then why keep it hidden forever on a hard drive?(unless it's for sentimental/reference purposes) If you can't do that then shoot jpegs and aim to get the shot right in camera, tweak your jpeg settings so you don't need to PP your shots.

The more ruthless and analytical you get the better your shots will become. Imagine you are shooting film and paying for every shot to be developed. Because you can shoot at 10fps it doesn't mean you have to.
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papillon_65 wrote:

You're "spraying and praying", concentrate more on composition, timing and light. Take less shots and be more ruthless with what you delete. Ask yourself would you be happy to post this shot on a forum and why? If you don't think a shot is good enough to post then why keep it hidden forever on a hard drive?(unless it's for sentimental/reference purposes) If you can't do that then shoot jpegs and aim to get the shot right in camera, tweak your jpeg settings so you don't need to PP your shots.

The more ruthless and analytical you get the better your shots will become. Imagine you are shooting film and paying for every shot to be developed. Because you can shoot at 10fps it doesn't mean you have to.

I was going to write something similar to what Tony wrote above.

Slow down and think about composition and subject matter when photographing. When you're ready to edit, go through your images on your PC using a program like ACDSee Pro or Picasa and delete the "not so great images".

In your 2nd round of viewing your photos, edit the remaining batch to your liking.
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nzmacro wrote:

SparkleHedgehog wrote:

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

I am totally ruthless when it comes to shots. I shoot RAW and edit in LR, but I use Faststone viewer (Free excellent powerful software BTW) first to open the folder, magnify each shot and delete really quick if its not sharp. I might come back from a bird shoot with around 200 - 300 images. Takes me around ........ 1 quick cup of coffee to sort out what is going into LR and what is going into the bin.

I guess generally at a rough guess out of 300 shots, only 20 might go into LR and theres no rush, the rest in the bin.

All the best.

Danny.
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http://www.macrophotos.com/g2macro

Worry about the image that comes out of the box, rather than the box itself.

Thanks Danny.

I just installed Faststone. You are right, it's really simple and fast. Thanks for the tip, it will make my sorting a whole lot faster.
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In reply to relate2, May 12, 2012

+1 for Picasa. Simple and very easy.
Start off by deleting a lot of OOF pics.
Ones I like - try to see if cropping helps

and then liberally use the I'm Feeling Lucky selection to make the images bright and pop out a bit.
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Shoot more selectively. I still try to do this. I guess it's my throw back to my film photography days when each click cost you money. You can tell I'm a Geezer!
Jerry

Yeah, and from another old geezer, looking back and remembering when going out for some shots meant 24 or 36 images on a roll of film, and then, either the long wait to get them from a developer, or hours in the darkroom. I chuckle how we complain now about the annoyance of sorting 200-300 images at the comfort of our computer. If a person didn't have a darkroom, you had to live with slight mistakes in the way the image was taken. We are truly spoiled, but I love it!!
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wll wrote:

SparkleHedgehog wrote:

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

Most of the time I shoot JPEG, I open in Widows Photo Viewer, because it is fast, and start deleting. If its is not sharp or ?, the image is gone, no messing around. I can cut 100 photos down to ? very quickly. The rest are then worked on and saved as PNG files.

wll

Hello Will

I also was using Windows Photo Viewer, but I just downloaded Faststone viewer. It is much,much faster than Windows viewer. Just a touch of the space bar brings up the next photo and they are full screen. A click anywhere on the image zooms way in to make it quick to check the IQ. Plus unlike windows viewer, there's all kinds of adjustment tools like cropping and cloning, etc. It has a comparison feature that lets you put images side by side to choose the better one. Faststone is a simple efficient fast way of sorting files Amazing too, is it's freeware, but after seeing what it is I'll send in a donation. A bargain either way, glad I read the post by Danny " nzmacro" today.
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Ed

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Danny - thanks for Faststone link
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Danny - superb bit of sofware, thanks.
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Grr...it would be windows-only. I'm needing a program just like this to sort through the 600-1000 images I shoot at each game, the magnifying in LR4 is just too slow to be of any efficiency.

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nzmacro wrote:

SparkleHedgehog wrote:

I'm so addicted to taking pictures with my nex7 that by the time it comes round to editing I just cant bear the job as I've taken so many pics and don't know where to start! Editing takes so long yet a click is so easy. Really frustrating at times and really starts to build up which makes it worse.

Any good tips to solve this?

P.s I can't afford to employ an oompa loompa to be my editing munchkin

I am totally ruthless when it comes to shots. I shoot RAW and edit in LR, but I use Faststone viewer (Free excellent powerful software BTW) first to open the folder, magnify each shot and delete really quick if its not sharp. I might come back from a bird shoot with around 200 - 300 images. Takes me around ........ 1 quick cup of coffee to sort out what is going into LR and what is going into the bin.

I guess generally at a rough guess out of 300 shots, only 20 might go into LR and theres no rush, the rest in the bin.

All the best.

Danny.
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http://www.macrophotos.com/g2macro

Worry about the image that comes out of the box, rather than the box itself.

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thanks, Faststone fast image viewer freeware link
In reply to nzmacro, May 12, 2012

The program even has non-trivial overall image brightness etc adjustment, cropping and rotating capabilities. Tip of the hat. It's supported DNG files (all my Sony .ARW files get converted into that format immediately by Lightroom) since 2005.

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I once read a quote in an interview in a magazine, where the photographer being interviewed said, "Take every image as if it is going to be entered in a competition, and you want it to be your very best. Be out to win, with every photo".

Ed

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But doesn't the old advice of "playing to win is unenjoyable" apply in response to that?

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creeker wrote:

I once read a quote in an interview in a magazine, where the photographer being interviewed said, "Take every image as if it is going to be entered in a competition, and you want it to be your very best. Be out to win, with every photo".

Ed

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In reply to SparkleHedgehog, May 12, 2012

..I have always the same problem, I really like shooting, but when it comes to PP, it really needs a lot of time.
But one idea helped me a lot:
instead of deleting the bad pictures, I mark the photos I keep.
It works way better for me!
For this I import all the photos to Lightroom with "Rendering Preview 1:1"

It takes a lot of time, but after it's done, Ligtroom is way faster during selecting the "keepers".
This idea may sound silly, but try it

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