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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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What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images?

If I wanted to just view, sort, and organize (via tags or folders or both), what programs are geared toward doing this quickly? I know I could do this in most any photo editor, but it's not ideal for ...
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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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What workflow or tools can be used for tagging of a large number of running race photos?

Let's say you attend a marathon where participants wear bibs with their race number. You take hundreds or (cough) thousands of pictures and would like to upload them to share them (for free) with ...
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What is the optimal order of post-processing steps?

I know it's best to do as much post-processing before converting from RAW, but in cases where it's not possible - what is the optimal order of post-processing steps (like noise removal, dust-spot ...
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Why store both JPEG and raw?

DSLRs often have the ability to store both a JPEG and a raw file. Given that the primary benefit of in-camera JPEG over raw is the smaller filesize, and that JPEG+raw is going to store even more data ...
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Is there a typical settings order before shooting?

Suppose we have time to shoot with an DSLR. Before actually shooting, some settings have to be adjusted to get a picture. Suppose we have a brand new DSLR in hand and every setting has to be defined. ...
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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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Is there an EXIF standard for tagging people in photographs?

There are a number of websites that let you tag people in photos, such as Facebook and now flickr, but is there an EXIF standard for tagging who is in a photo, and where they are?
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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 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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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 do you select the 10 best images from a set of 300? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's a good strategy for choosing which photos to keep? I have read that photographers are rarely the best editors of their own images. As digital cameras make it ...
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What workflow do you follow for managing your photography?

I hear that this is the most vital to store/manage/edit and other tasks. What is your ideal workflow?
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What is your workflow for “don't care” photos?

Let's say you've got a set of photos in a trip and, apart from a few really noteworthy, all others are nice photos, but not so much for you to spend a lot of time processing on them. In such ...
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Which is best as part of a fast workflow: Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop or other?

Im looking to expand on my workflow after a shoot. Today my workflow consists of moving images from my SD card to my computer, using Picasa in a very basic d way... (Crop, im feeling lucky and maybe ...
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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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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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What is the typical post processing work flow for amateur photographers?

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 ...
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What are the inherent limitations of the iPad as a digital darkroom?

With all of this talk of the post pc era, what limits do the lack of a traditional laptop or desktop computer impose on digital photography? If I want to use a modern day DSLR and a device such as ...
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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 improve my current workflow?

To handle a large number of pics a a smooth and efficient workflow is needed. I am currently doing the following, which I find too cumbersome and annoying. This has a bad effect on my pics, which ...
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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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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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What workflow should I use for processing RAW photos in Lightroom?

I started shooting in RAW, and I use Adobe Lightroom. What workflow would you recommend to use for the processing? I will really appreciate a detailed description of the steps (or a link to one). ...
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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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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 workflow will preserve color accuracy?

My current workflow as regards color spaces is this: Shoot in Adobe98 colorspace in RAW. Process on a calibrated Mac monitor (I believe that the gamma is 2.2) using Lightroom Produce jpgs in sRGB ...
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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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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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Preview photos directly on laptop?

I'm going to help a friend taking a large number of product images and I'm wondering how I can easily preview the images on a computer screen without removing the card in my camera? I will be using a ...
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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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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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Why pick DPP over Aperture?

My standard workflow is: take pictures in RAW -> import into Aperture -> append metadata info -> go through shots and filter out the bad ones -> do basic adjustments in Aperture -> use Nik plugins or ...
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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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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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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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Windows-based tethered workflow and automation solution?

I'm setting up a product photography area for a client, where they have a camera (probably a Canon DSLR) tethered to a Windows laptop. The ideal workflow would be one where the client could shoot, ...
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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 ...