Very excited to be in Sacramento, California, this week! This is the last Event Photography workshop of the year, held at the Sacramento ATI Family Conference. It started yesterday and the team of 11 photographers covering the event have been having a blast! Of the many things we talked about today, one of them was following the 5 steps of streamlined post-processing:
- Organize – One challenge most photographers have is knowing how to organize their pictures on their computer. I organize in a Year-Month-Event-Subevent sequence. I showed the team how I do it on my computer and started helping them get it set up on their computers.
- Import – After you know where your pictures are going to go, you can download the pictures from your camera to your computer. We talked about how Lightroom makes this a very easy step.
- Pick – It’s so easy to jump right to editing your pictures after you’ve imported them. However, it is vital that you go through and pick the best ones and reject the not-so-good ones first. Lightroom’s flagging system makes this step go very quickly so you can save your time on only editing the ones that are worth working on.
- Edit – This is the fun part of post-processing! But it’s also probably the most time-consuming. We talked about various processes and methods I use to make it go quickly for when you are on a time-sensitive schedule like a Conference. It’s a steep learning curve for the short time we have together, but in the long run, with practice, the ideas we talked about today will save you a lot of time.
- Export – Once you have your pictures how you like them, there are various things that every photographer should know about exporting them correctly for their final purpose.
With these steps in mind, the photojournalist can make post-processing a much less daunting task!
I haven’t had much time to shoot pictures, but here are a few I snapped in between teaching, question-answering . . .and catching up with folks I haven’t seen in a long time.