It's been about 3-4 months that I jumped into professional photography/photo-editing. And I love it this new skill I'm acquiring. The only issue is I am strongly frustrated by my photo-editing workflow, and no one seem to have a real answer on how to fix it.
Like every photographer (I guess), I use both Lightroom and Photoshop for photo-editing and here is my workflow.
- Import .CR2 file into Lightroom.
- Create virtual copy.
- Exposure and colour correction adjustment.
So far everything is fine. Then when I:
- Right-click on a file virtual copy and Edit in Photoshop.
The world stops. The file is imported into Photoshop and the size increases by 5 to 10 MB, which makes the document end up around 30 to 40 MB in size. And the more I retouch the picture, the more the file size increases drastically. And when I'm done with retouching, The document can end up at 600 MB easily, with the scratch disk marking 3 to 4 GB. And as you can imagine it sometimes makes my computer slow down, freeze, or shutdown once or twice during the whole edit. I can literally feel the heaviness of the work.
I have 16 GB RAM, an Intel i7, and an NVIDIA 820M dedicated graphics card. And I only meet this issue when I'm using DaVinci Resolve, and that I can understand. But Photoshop?
Is this behaviour normal? Am I doing something wrong in my workflow? Is there a better way?