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Workflow refers to the actions a photographer takes to produce a finished product. This includes the process from taking a file from the camera, through editing on a computer to printing the file (and more).

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Best order of doing things when editing scanned photos in Photoshop?

What (in your opinion) is the optimum order of doing the following to a scanned image in PhotoShop? Cropping Manually adjust Levels (RGB and density) Manually adjust Curves Manually adjust ...
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How to compare RAW photos quickly?

It's not uncommon for me to return from a hike or outing and have 500+ images to "sift" before getting started on post processing. Is there a better way to compare 5-10 photos of the same image ...
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How to automatically sync photos from the Eye-fi import software to iPhoto on a Mac?

I bought an eye-fi SD card to enable wifi upload of the photos from my non wifi capable camera. It works fine. My trouble starts in the postprocessing part of my workflow. To use eye-fi one has to ...
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What does “workflow” mean?

I keep seeing the term "workflow" in relation to post-processing being used here and on other sites. What does it actually mean though? To me it sounds like it means you do A, then B, then C every ...
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Resizing/pixel-binning workflow?

I'm thinking of going from DX to FX (crop to full frame) this summer. I'm a Nikon user so the options are D800, a used D700 or the unreleased D600 which is rumored to be 24MP. If I don't go with the ...
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How effective is automatic fixing of RAW files?

I was wondering if there is any good software for automatic fixing of RAW files, that is, a basic initial fix of exposure, vibrance, sharpening and NR. I heard about Athentech. However, I could not ...
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Action for processing a RAW file with smart object

I've been a wedding photographer for 25 years, just upgraded from CS5 to CS6 with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) V7. Unbelieveable difference! Can't believe the highlight recovery. Just started to make ...
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Considerations for a Digital to Film workflow?

I've always loved the deep blacks of a wet mono print, it's not something I see often (if ever) from an inkjet and so I'd like to try to do a wet print from a digital negative. I don't really want to ...
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How do I explain that post-processing is an important step in producing good photos?

Yesterday I shot a few very good pictures, went home and post-processed them. After a few hours, I showed the results to my friends. They told me "you did that with Photoshop", as I which is true, but ...
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What are the rules for editing a photo?

I just got a comment that I must edit my photo. God know how many hours I have spent editing my photos. Thus I was a little bit surprised. It was explained that there are certain rules when doing ...
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What sites exist for posting client proofs?

As I'm doing more and more photo shoots, I'm looking for a site in which I can post proofs for clients to look at. I would use Flickr, however the images can be downloaded and I obviously don't want ...
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How to automatically identify bracketed image sets among 100s of images?

I take a lot of photos. Quite many of those (cca 50%) are bracketed ones to create HDR images later. I would like to automatically identify the bracketed sets and move those to a separate folder for ...
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How should I categorise my photos in Lightroom?

I am using Eric Scouten's method here: http://ericscouten.com/2012/03/05/lightroom-technique-how-i-organize-my-catalog-and-why-2012-edition/ but I am finding that although his color label presets are ...
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Should I add my exported photos to my Lightroom catalog?

After processing my RAW files in Lightroom, I often export JPGs to give to people or to post online. I create these files in a directory structure under an \Export top level directory. I'm trying to ...
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What software raw converter can convert from .raf to .jpg, replicating the Fujifilm in-camera raw conversion algorithm?

Why I ask for software To perform batch conversion of many existing .raf files to .jpg. Why I want Fujifilm's algorithm, specifically I have tried Lightroom and Silkypix, and both fail to give ...
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How can I better organise and file my photos?

At present I meticulously add metadata as EXIF tags to my photos using Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, which also lets me place them accurately on a map. The thing is I tend to leave photos in a folder ...
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How to properly deal with lens distortion in Sony NEX RAW files?

I have a Sony NEX6 camera and when using the 16-50 kit lens the photos shot in RAW has a lot of distortions. You either have to let the camera correct it using jpeg or you are expected to use Sony's ...
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Does Lightroom apply edits in the order I do them, or does it intelligently reorder them?

The matter of the correct order of applying sharpening has been discussed various times (I will pick this question as an example, but it's not the only one), with a clear consensus which can be summed ...
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Is Lightroom 4 quicker if I use a separate catalog per image folder?

I am trying to improve my workflow and was wondering if I could achieve a greater level of performace from Lightroom 4 if I were to create a separate catalog for each time I import.
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Where in my workflow should I sharpen?

All my photography tools have sharpening options. My camera has sharpening (in the picture profile). Not sure that applies to RAW though. In Lightroom I can sharpen twice: in develop and in export ...
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Reservations on making the move to Adobe Lightroom or Apple's Aperture

Background I'm a web developer (diploma) and computer scientist (degree), so I know a thing or two about computers and software. I just got into photography in Nov '10, but have been using Photoshop ...
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How can I select photos that are deleted in the working set from a backup?

I have a set of photos that I have backed up in two different locations. So I have three sets in total. In my working set, I deleted the photos that I deemed not good enough to keep. I actually ...
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Adding context to your images, specifically within Apple Aperture

I am an amateur photographer, and am looking to streamline my aperture workflow. Up till now, I have added specific "version name" metadata to all my photos, for example: "Exhausted after a long ...
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Is Lightroom overkill for a JPG-oriented workflow?

I am a passionate not a professional, I shoot most of the time in jpg because: I usually don't have the time to process raw raw takes a lot more space (and I feel my D700 jpgs are huge already!) ...
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Which software can batch-process RAW photos on Linux?

I'm interested in efficient processing of RAW photos on Linux. I've played with RAW a little, but so far I've always reverted back to JPG as I can't be bothered to spend hours doing post-processing. ...
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Family Mac workflow to enable family editing/viewing of images/movies

What is the best software/hardware solution for editing/storage/viewing of a family's digital images/movies on multiple Macs? The family wants to collaborate on editing using Aperture and iMovie. We ...
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...
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Post-processing workflows for outdoor baby photography

I am a pretty novice photographer, and I just shot some pictures of my 9mo baby girl outside next to our garden. This was my first shoot outside that I want to really make the pictures special. The ...
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What software or workflow can I use to keep track of who is who at events?

I sometimes shoot at public events. I will take pictures of people/groups and, if they like the photos, give them a card with my email on so they can get a copy of the photo(s) later, if they want. To ...
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What to do in Lightroom when shooting both RAW and JPEG?

I have recently started: Shooting both RAW & JPEG Using Lightroom 4 Currently when I import my photos into Lightroom I am using the (default) option to ignore duplicates, this means that only ...
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How to best manage photos with Lightroom?

I recently started taking RAW photos and purchased Lightroom 3 to manage them. So far I have not found the ideal way to manage them. Here's basically how my workflow goes: Import the RAW files from ...
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Is it possible to filter for exported/printed photographs in Lightroom?

To keep track of the pics that I print or export I am currently adding a tag (such as "print") and using Smart collections which filter on these tags. This has a major failure point, in requiring that ...
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Card cloner software for Windows

As part of my workflow I would like to clone the SD card first thing before I do anything. Does anyone know of a good external USB drive cloner for Windows 7? Mac has this functionality natively ...
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In Lightroom how can I see all photos that have been modified after they were exported

I am using Adobe Lightroom 4 and shoot RAW+JPG. I normally post process all my images and then bulk export them back out to JPG when done overwriting the original JPGs but sometimes I might forget to ...
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How does photography for digital display only differ?

I only want to capture images with the intent of displaying them on a digital screen. I do not want to print the images, ever. Do any specific considerations need to be made upon capturing the image ...
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Is there a ticket system available for photographing the general public?

This is something I have been looking to do for quite some time. When the royal wedding happened last year(2011) we went into the centre of town where there was a big street party. I started taking a ...
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What are the disadvantages of post processing only those pictures that I want to show?

When I go out for a shoot, I usually come back with 50 to 200 pictures based on that day's productivity. I am a busy person when I am not photographing. Here is the problem, post processing consumes a ...
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How do I track what has been published to flickr from Lightroom?

I'm not so much interested in which method to use for publishing (like this question), I'm more interested in how I should go about marking images as "selected for publishing" and keeping track of ...
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Tagging stuff: plural or singular?

My photo collection is pretty meagre but I've noticed that over time I seem to have moved between tagging photos with the plural of a noun, like "bridges" or "mountains" and at other times, the ...
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In which order should I edit a photo between Lightroom and Photoshop?

Quick question: I currently use Lightroom and have Photoshop installed. If I intend to make an edit to a photo in Photoshop should I make my raw adjustments in Lightroom first then perform my ...
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Is there photo analysis software which will pre-sort images by identifying potential technical problems?

I recently went on vacation and took close to 1,000 photographs. As usual there are some good ones, bad ones, blurry ones, etc. In order to expedite post-processing, I was wondering if there is any ...
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Is there a way to sort Lightroom images by 'edit' status?

Usually my workflow involves 'picking/flagging' photos to edit and leaving the rest alone (RAW files that is). However, sometimes I jump right in and start editing before rating/picking. In that ...
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What's the best number of shots to combine to produce an HDR photo?

What's the optimal number of shots to produce a high dynamic range Does it vary from scene to scene? Do the capabilities or limitations of my camera factor in? Are there different HDR techniques ...
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Should I perform the final color space conversion before or after final sharpening of an image?

When preparing an image for the web (or other media), the last two steps is usually to resize the image to the desired resolution and sharpen it at that resolution. However, when working in a ...
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What Photoshop plugins are must haves?

When you as a photographer edit your photos in Photoshop (after some processing using Camera Raw or Lightroom) are there any Plug-ins/Actions/etc. (free or paid) that are must haves for you as a ...
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How To work with Pick and Reject in Lightroom?

I'm new in Lightroom and looking for Pick/Reject Workflows strategies. Actually I'm following the Workflow suggested at the lighroomlab.com (Using Pick and Reject Flags in Lightroom) which roughly ...
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What are the differences of bringing RAW or JPEG into Photoshop?

Most of my images are in RAW format. When I bring an image into Photoshop, does it make a difference whether it's a JPEG or RAW? I understand the difference between JPEGs and RAW images. I'm just ...
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Is there any amateur software for organizing & tagging photos across multiple computers?

I travel a lot, and would like to be able to edit, tags and organize photos from two separate machines. Sometimes my wife may be doing it from the home computer while I am doing it from a laptop while ...
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Photo sorting software / method / workflow [closed]

Finally went with a DSLR, Nikon D5100 after deliberating for a few years. (Not that I was in a hurry – I don't particularly need a DLSR but really like to take photographs, so time wasn't an issue.) ...
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In Lightroom, how can I move a set of filtered images preserving the folder order?

I'd like to move all my raw (.nef) files in my Lightroom catalog to another hard drive to free up space. However, I want to preserve the folder structure from the source drive to the other hard ...