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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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How much metadata do you add to your photos?

In Bridge CS5, I've been updating my photos' metadata and IPTC fields. There are a lot of fields available...How much of them do you typically fill out? I can tell I'd at least want to put in my name, ...
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Tool for organising my photos? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images? Each year I do a long trip in my holidays and take loads of pictures. And each year I have the same problem ...
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How to delete “unused” raw files which have no .jpg match?

I shoot RAW+JPG, namely NEF and JPG. After viewing sometimes hundreds of images (using a simple program) and deleting the JPGs, I have many unnecessary leftover NEF files. If there was a script to ...
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How can I share rating metadata between Aperture and PhotoMechanic?

Is it possible to have enable editing photo metadata (keywords, rating, stars, color) in both Aperture and Photo Mechanic if the files are stored in Aperture as "referenced" files? I did a quick ...
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What are some of your pre-shoot checklist tips?

I'm always in a hurry and never really check my camera settings before a snapping a few photos using whatever setting the camera was left on. I'm thinking I should probably try to put a checklist into ...
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Sharpening for Collage printing: individual images or once for the whole thing?

I have about 200 photos which I have to make into a single big collage (48" X 72"). The height might vary, the width is fixed. I shoot raw and have the individual photos in Lightroom. I will ...
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Workflow for managing, organizing and sharing a large number of “photos of strangers”?

Scenario I'm going to be in a public area taking portraits of many people (for example, at a themed, public event, or while doing a 100 Strangers Project, etc..) After taking someone's portrait, I ...
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How should one best manage large collections of photographs?

With gigabytes of pictures accumulating over time, I'm wondering what systems (software, strategies, etc.) people are using to keep track of their collections? Let's say you remember a picture and you ...
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Lightroom deletion workflow

(This question was forked from How do I move deleted photos? . I did go through a few questions here that discuss Lightroom deletion workflows, but none of them answers my questions, so I'm asking a ...
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How do I move deleted photos?

I imported some 2000 photos into Lightroom 5 on the Mac, and then removed most of the ones in them, bringing it down to 40 photos. I did this by selecting photos I didn't like, pressing the Delete ...
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synchronize photos and folders across 2 external drives? [closed]

What’s the best way/ software to sync two external drive with scattered image folders on a mac. There may be overlap but for the most part both drives are unique as far as image content but may have ...
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How do I perform the first Lightroom import of images from two external drives and a memory card?

what’s the best way for me to get my image management under control using light room 5. Provided I have two separate external drives with loads of folders and photos on each. also i have a few shoots ...
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What is a simple lightroom workflow while keeping backups?

I'm looking for advice on a simple workflow with a stress on keeping a backup of the original files and the images I worked on. I have a laptop with limited drive space. Let’s say I can fit a year of ...
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Workflow solution for working with an iPad and Windows PC?

I am having trouble putting together a workflow that will enable me to use my iPad to sort through and filter my photos into albums and then have the albums easily synced across to my PC (ideally into ...
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Good workflow to review and delete photos with Darktable?

I've just got a new camera, which I have already started taking a lot of photos with. Hard drive space isn't THAT cheap, and I would like to get a work-flow together to quickly go through images, ...
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What's good photo management software for dealing with a huge library?

My wife's computer has probably 100 GBs of photos--thousands upon thousands of photos. We've been using Windows Live Photo Gallery (Windows 7) and things have been pretty good. The features and ...
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Color label and rating recomendations

I've tried to come up with a system that allows me to keep track of where photos are at in my process (which ones are finished, which ones need work, etc), but I have yet to come up with something ...
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Does Apple Aperture provide features to support a RAW+JPEG workflow?

Can any experienced (Apple) Aperture user tell me whether Aperture has decent support for a RAW+JPEG workflow? For example, can Aperture: tag both files at the same time with a single key hit? ...
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Which is the best open source or freeware raw developer software and photography workflow application? [closed]

I know is a difficult question but some pro and cons of the main software available may help.
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Are digital backdrop workflows more cost efficient than muslin backdrops for studios?

Short Version Digital backdrops (chroma color with backdrop added in post production) are being pushed on photographers more and more these days. While it's obvious the flexibility that this provides ...
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DSLR Workflow with ultrabooks

I have gotten my hands on a Toshiba Ultrabook, and i reckon it could do a decent job at doing basic Lightroom tasks when in the field. Its small, light and has a good battery life... The problem is ...
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What are the differences between Picasa and Lightroom, other than price?

I've heard about Adobe Lightroom before, but never really understood what's so great about it, or why you'd pay for it when you can get Picasa for free. I know Lightroom probably has more ...
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What workflow order makes sense with Lightroom 4 and Nik Software?

I was thinking about how to optimize my workflow with these two tools and seek for advice. I would say one possible workflow would be the one below: adjust basic settings (exposure, black/white, ...
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Which exif tag to use to add filter data?

I've started using ND and polarizer filters in my shots. Since I'm learning to use them, I'd like to manually add this info to exif/iptc/xmp metadata of my shots, so later I can find images taken ...
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Black background post processing tips?

This week I've been experimenting with getting some things photographed with a completely black background. Following some tips on this site about background distance etc, I came to the following ...
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Advice on storing and organizing exported files alongside RAW files

This is a rather open ended question. I realize that everyone's workflow is different, and there are no ultimate solutions that work for everyone, but I would like to ask you for advice about storing ...
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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 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. ...