I love photography; I hate postprocessing.
Seeing that I am an amateur, not just by virtue of not getting paid for it, but also being rather new to the whole affair, I already am used to most of my shots just not being that great. While reading blogs and websites I get the impression that condensing ~100 frames in maybe a handful of shareworthy photos is not rare.
But even so, after a vacation quite a few photos have accrued. What is a common workflow to sort, post-process and share photographs for a beginner? What are common postprocessing steps? What kind of automations do people use?
Edit: I phrased the question generically so that it can be of use to as many people as possible. But I understand that without anything to go by, it might be a bit hard to answer. Therefore, while I own no paid-for software, this is what I use:
- I have an EOS 500D crop camera as picture source and
- I use RawTherapee for development,
- GIMP for any touching up I need to do. (Which is not much, so far.)
- DigiKam (in a VM) is my photo catalog.
- My destination is my Flickr stream for the most part, sometimes I send photos directly to family and friends.
On the input side, I mostly am in practice mode; shooting whatever I can place in front of my lens. I have not yet picked a specialty. I would like to minimize time spent fine-tuning photos in software. These sort of "batch processes" are a part I realize is important, but not much fun to me.
I am quite computer-literate, so I am not afraid of piecing together tools that can be of use, but the more "OOTB" this can be, the more people who don't spend their life in front of a PC can benefit too. :) If spending money on something will make my life easier, I am quite willing to consider it. However as photography does not bring any income, something as large as Photoshop (for example) is somewhat hard to justify as an investment.