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The Importance of Workflow

Where would a spider be without proper workflow?

Where would a spider be without proper workflow?

Although photography is considered a hobby by many people for those of us that have gotten 'the photo bug" it is so much more than that. It is an extension of our lives and an expression of ourselves. It can make us get up (or stay up) to all crazy hours to get the right light. Travel far and wide and have patience to wait for the light. For many of us it is something that if given the choice we would want to do more and learn more about it.

However like other hobbies if we don't have the right gear or the right know-how we can become frustrated and too easily 'back-burner' the whole thing.

The most common problem I see for students is their workflow. If you can develop a good workflow it will help you in all areas of your photography. If you do not have a good workflow you are setting yourself up for failure.

So here are a few tips and things to think about from shooting to post-production.

Be organized with your camera gear. Make sure your cards are readily available and in your bag. Have extra charged batteries all the time. Clean your lenses every time you go out to shoot.

Download images right away. I think the excitement wears off if you let them sit in your camera because then you are less inclined to work on them.

Sort through images right away. You know which are the keepers so trust yourself and don't overthink it. Conversely you certainly know which ones go in the trash so just do it-DELETE THEM.

•Get Lightroom. Anyone that is doing photography should be using this program to organize and do most of their editing.

•Learn how to use the Lightroom Catalog for everything that it offers. Lightroom is a product that was built for photographers from the ground up. So it has a lot of really useful things and some not necessary things for the 'average joe'. You need to learn which ones are going to make your life easier. Batch processing, LR Mobile, Export Presets and emailing via LR just to name a few.

•The Lightroom Catalog isn't as intuitive as we would like it to be. Trust me no one is more aware of this than me. I see students struggle with the logic and terms all the time. If you can develop a good workflow you will save time, be less frustrated and your images will thank you.

•Take some classes or take a private lesson. Although that may sound like a sales pitch, it isn't. You all know me and you know I truly care about you and your photography. I also know that the average person doesn't have a lot of time to learn all of this on their own. Classes and lessons streamline the process and get you in the direction you want to be much faster. Promise.

Photographs should be printed. This is a huge part of the whole photography process. Taking photos and storing them on your computer would be the equivalent of taking rolls of film and never developing them and they just sit in their film cartridges never to be seen. (Although some of you probably have some undeveloped rolls of film still hanging around-and that's another discussion)Make a point to print your images whether it is through a lab, at home or make a photo book. It will motivate you to want to go shoot more.

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