What is your workflow when editing photos?

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NicholasD Contributing Member • Posts: 698
Re: What is your workflow when editing photos?

Nic727 wrote:


Weird question I know, but I'm looking for advice for a better workflow. I was always using default photos app on PC to edit my photos or using my phone, but now it's the first time I use a software with a library like Luminar after travelling and I'm a bit lost.

Currently, I'm rejecting and deleting bad photos or photos that are better on my phone than my compact camera (that I will soon replace for a new camera, so new technology = better photos). Since I mostly shot all my photos in RAW, I needed to do basic edit to almost all my photos, so it was very time consuming and I would like if you have any advice about that. Do you shoot in JPG or RAW and in Neutral colors or Default? I shot in Neutral for a natural color… Whatever, just take a long time to do basic edit...

After editing I mark the photo with a green color for "done" and yellow for "I'm not sure, maybe reshot in the future". Also using blue for panorama.

But after you've done all the edit you want, do you create albums and/or are you exporting all your new images in JPG or you just keep them in RAW to visualize them in the software you use (Luminar, Lightroom, etc.)? How many months or years do you keep the RAW files if you exported them in JPG?

Thank you

Not a weird question at all. In fact, one of the most important ones......   As others have said, there isn't one right or wrong answer. But there are processes and habits that will make your life easier, particularly when your digital photo library runs into the tens or hundreds of thousands (if you're not there yet, just wait). The following may or may not work for you, but consider:

be ruthless with culling. If it kinda stinks, it ain't gonna get any better - delete. Probably the single best technique - narrow down your working pile of images to those that you feel good about or those that truly have potential. Be very critical - helps manage numbers AND helps you improve. Quick to add that I'm not always as good as I should be nor does this necessarily apply to images that have sentimental value (eg images of family members long since gone....)  I would agree with a previous poster that you should code for deletions rather than code for keepers in the first go round - will help with getting rid of images that are mediocre or worse.

adopt a consistent naming and file structure protocol. Countless variations (names based on date, location, "shoot" description, etc) - the best one is the one that works for you. But I would suggest picking one and sticking with it.

Keywords. If your program allows, adopt a good working set of keywords and apply consistently. If you haven't done so previously, I wouldn't worry about old stuff, but apply going forward.

Back up, back up, back up. Hopefully, this doesn't need elaboration. And, a backup is not a backup if it sits in the same place as the original - a portable hard drive with your back up sitting next to computer is not a back up. Avoid single point of failure (fire).  "Well, that's not  going to happen". It won't - until it does.....

I keep all my RAWS. I actually enjoy post processing. Pick a program and become proficient - most of the popular options have all sorts of tutorials - develop a few good work practices and I find that I can edit 90% of my photos in less than 60 seconds, 2 minutes tops. There will always be some that require or warrant herculean effort, but I don't have time to spend 10 minutes per photo.....

Good Luck and Have Fun!

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