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What is your post processing routine?

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  • What is your post processing routine?

    Im trying to take my photography from hobby to making a little money at it. Not full time by no means but I want to offer some of my landscapes for sale instead of giving them away when friends ask for prints
    My confusion is how to handle my photoshop edits. Heres my questions:
    1. Do you guys make edits to the original file, save it, THEN crop to 8x10, 5x7 etc when orders come in?
    2. When you make edits, what file format do you save them to?
    3. How do you organize your pics on your computer? By date? Subject?

    What is your workflow routine?

    Thanks!
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    Originally posted by stauffer2 View Post
    Im trying to take my photography from hobby to making a little money at it. Not full time by no means but I want to offer some of my landscapes for sale instead of giving them away when friends ask for prints
    My confusion is how to handle my photoshop edits. Heres my questions:
    1. Do you guys make edits to the original file, save it, THEN crop to 8x10, 5x7 etc when orders come in?
    2. When you make edits, what file format do you save them to?
    3. How do you organize your pics on your computer? By date? Subject?

    What is your workflow routine?

    Thanks!
    1) I edit the file to how I feel it works best. I will give it the best aspect ratio for the composition and that's that. My crop is final and there are no other options (though this is different when shooting portraits where the client may want multiple crops).

    2) I have started working only on the RAW image in LR3/4 as I can now pretty much do everything I would have wanted to do in PS in LR. When I do have to go into PS, I save as a 16bit TIFF ProphotoRGB.

    3) My personal organization is to have a master folder titled Photos. Within that folder are sub folders named after the location, event, person, etc. If multiple shoots at same location or event sometimes I will distinguish them by 001,002... or the date. I don't put all photos from 2011 into a 2011 folder because I don't think about the shoot based on what year or month it was.
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    • #3
      So you have one file that your clients cant get both an 8x10 and 5x7 from?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by stauffer2 View Post
        So you have one file that your clients cant get both an 8x10 and 5x7 from?
        If I am shooting portraits specifically for the person, I will Shoot with the fact in mind that I may have to crop to 4x5 or other aspect ratios. In portraits, this means taking some pictures that are 4x6, some that can be cropped to 4x5 and any other aspect ratios you think you may need.

        You mention you are shooting landscapes. In this case, the aspect ratio of the image should be of your artistic choosing. You are the photographer and the artist. This is my belief anyways. I tend to try to fill the frame as best as possible when shooting landscapes, but there are times that even when filling the frame, the composition lends itself to a 4x5, 2x1 or even square crop.

        Some people don't understand that changing the aspect ratio can totally change the feel of the image. It can cut things out that are important or leave things in that aren't necessary. I say choose the aspect ratio you think works best and be done with it.


        EDIT: Since I have started working almost exclusively in LR, I can make multiple crops to the same image and never lose any of the data. Cropping in LR just hides the area outside the crop and you can always go back in and make the crop bigger or smaller as well as apply any aspect ratio.
        Last edited by ErikUngerPhotography; 02-19-2012, 06:54 PM.
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        • #5
          Thanks you!
          And what about pics that I do of people? How do you handle those?
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          • #6
            If it is a job specially for them (not portfolio), I may ask what sizes they are interested in before hand. Regardless, take different shots throughout the whole shoot. You can shoot for 4x5 or 5x7 by making sure you give more space between the top of the subjects head and the top frame (more head room). It is better to shoot for the crop and make sure everything you want will fill the crop frame than to fill the 4x6 frame and have to crop out things to make it fit 4x5 or 5x7.
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            http://www.erikrichardunger.com

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