Questions tagged [workflow]

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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Looking for a good workflow to deal with large file sizes after Photoshop

I recently upgraded to a Nikon D850 which produces RAW files on the order of 37MB in size. I take these as DNG files into Lightroom. When I edit an image in Photoshop and then return to Lightroom with ...
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Is there a known practice of post-processing to make a finished photo while viewing a subject?

Photographers often aim to create a work that accurately depicts a subject, and/or is informed or inspired by the experience they had looking at it. A significant part of the work of making a photo is ...
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How to look back on 10 years of photography?

I started photography about 10 years ago and always took it seriously. I started taking landscape images and then also developed an interest in macro and wildlife photography. Taking pictures was ...
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Reconnect Lightroom catalog with relocated photos

.t.txt In Lightroom, I need to reconnect my catalog with the new location of the photos. Seven years ago there were solutions that worked when photos were in the same folders and the folder structure ...
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Use Lightroom catalog on windows and mac

I have my photos saved on an external hard drive formatted in exFat (so I can read and write from mac and windows). I have my catalog also saved on this drive. Every time I open the catalog from ...
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Lightroom: having the previews without having the catalogue

I have to work on my images on different computers so I have everything stored on external solid state drives. Since I need to continue working on a different computer I have to save the Lightroom ...
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Darktable : Compare before and after quickly

Is there a way to quickly compare before and after in Darktable? I know how it can be done using the snapshot panel, but is there a way to do it faster?
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What features should one look for in Monitors in 2020 for Photo Editing?

When shopping for monitors, well, it can be overwhelming. BHPhoto currently lists 1,116 different choices on their site alone with features ranging from: Resolution (do people even perceive 8k ...
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Should I do retouching on Photoshop before color grading on Lightroom or vice versa?

Is there a difference if I do skin retouching for portrait or fashion photography for an image in Photoshop first and then do the color correction and color grading in Lightroom? Should I do that ...
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Is there a way to work both with DNG's and XMP sidecar files?

I'm looking into converting my Canon RAW files (CR2) to lossy DNG purely due to storage limitations. I only shoot RAW and in my country storage (physical or cloud) can still be pretty expensive. I ...
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Is there a way to display photos in Lightroom that are "done"?

I take a lot of photos but sometimes I don't have time to edit all of them. I tend to forget which photos are "done" in regards to edits, and which still needs work. Is there a way in Lightroom to ...
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Is there any benefit to RAW+JPG being two separate files on Nikon?

Using Nikon D5500 & Nikon ViewNX-i When I first started taking photos I saved as JPG. After less than a month, received wisdom told me RAW was going to be a better, if larger, option & I've ...
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Film Scanning and Correction

I recently shot and developed my first roll of film, Ilford FP4 in Ilfosol 3. I "scanned" my negatives with my digital camera and self-made light box, following various online tutorials. Then I ...
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What is pixel peeping and why do some people say should I avoid it?

What is pixel peeping? Is there a benefit in doing it? What do I have to keep in mind when I peep my pixels?
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What is an efficient way to digitize a family photo collection?

There is a good answer to a similar question here: What is the best way to digitize old photographs for preservation This came up on reddit. The problem posed however is different: Dad died, ...
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On the Epson Perfection v500, how does one scan half-frame negatives efficiently?

I have 2 rolls of half-frame film to scan this evening, which amounts to over 144 photos. Most of the manual labor is selecting each photo with the Marquee Tool by hand in the Epson Scan application. ...
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Is it better to continue shooting in JPEGs instead of RAW if you are not planning to do post processing? [duplicate]

If I don't want to do post processing of the photographs, is it better to continue shooting in JPEGs instead of RAW? Or is there a push-button workflow which will produce better JPEG images by doing ...
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Sharing rating between Digikam and Rawtherapee

I've been using Rawtherapee for post processing for a short while, and, even though I've been able to adapt well my workflow to it, I've found that having to look through most of the photos I took ...
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Utilizing new wide gamut displays and TVs

I now own LG 4K OLED TV (HDMI 2.0a) and LG 32UD99 4K monitor (DisplayPort 1.2) connected to nVidia GeForce 1070 card. The monitor has true 10 bit LCD panel and the video card also supports 10 bits ...
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How do I find raw files corresponding to selected JPEGS

I shoot RAW + JPEG on fujifilm cameras and 90% of the time I'm fully content with my jpeg images but a few could use some editing. To save time I would like to cull my photos into three categories: ...
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Is bracketing useful in the era of digital photography and post-processing? [duplicate]

My digital camera has a bracketing feature, and I set it to three shots, with the bracketed shots being 2/3rd +/- its calculated exposure. I find that that tends to get me one shot with the colors and ...
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How to separate different subjects images automatically?

We take photos of fashion items (shoes, bags, clothing, accessories), hundreds per day. Each product can has a different number of images (from 3 to 10). Right now, the image name is incremental (0001....
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How to combine different people's selections of a photoset in Lightroom?

When shooting people, I often select my favourites of a photoset and have the subject(s) do the same, then compare the selections. However, I haven't found a good workflow for that process yet. When ...
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Edit in Photoshop not getting changes from LR

My general flow has always been - do most work in LR and then complicated layer issues I deal with in PS... With the current LR/PS CC When I choose "Edit in Photoshop CC2017" it simply opens the ...
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Compress colour gamut using output profiles?

I'm trying to discover whether a 'trick' I found is a reliable method for dealing with out-of-gamut when soft-proofing. Down to the 4th picture is just background info of what I'd tried unsuccessfully ...
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Undoing at Lightroom: Ctrl+Z vs. History

I've found a different behaviour when these methods are applied. Ctrl+Z restores deleted (forward) history states if your last action was to go back in history, and also is able to undo the selection ...
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Colour Workflow A - Z

I've been researching this for months. I think I'm closer, but still not quite there. So, the basic question - have I got this right? I shoot with a Nikon D5500, shooting 14-bit RAW NEF, Picture ...
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How would a school photographer compose shots for easy cropping?

I work at a school, and at the start of each year my department (combined IT and library) plays the role of school photographer of sorts, taking photos of several hundred new students that end up on ...
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How to set up correct color profile in Windows?

My question is how to set up color management at all levels? There are five levels that I know of. Correct me if anything of this is wrong. The monitor LEDs. It should be calibrated at the factory ...
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How can you use Lightroom and still sync images across multiple devices?

I have been using Apple Photos for some time and I use iCloud to get all my photos to all my devices. Whether I take them on my dSLR (which is usually the case) and sync them to my Mac or iPad, or ...
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Corrupted picture while moving Lightroom folder to network drive

I moved ~5000 pictures from my laptop to a NAS. I did this by dragging-and-dropping the relevant folder in the Lightroom Library. My problem is that at some point the network failed, and Lightroom ...
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Use DateCreated for DateTaken (CreationTime) on a PNG using ExifTool

I have a load of PNG's that my wife wants to keep that have been captured from our Baby Monitor. The files are named for the date they were captured: yyyymmdd_hhmmss.png Unfortunately there is no ...
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Run multiple exports at once in Lightroom

There are frequently occasions where I have to run multiple exports of the same image in one go, e.g. export for website (desktop/tablet/mobile/thumbs dimensions) or for social media (instagram/...
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Focus-stacking workflow - Edit before or after stacking?

I'm interested in focus-stacking as a way to achieve sharp, close-up images of bugs with relatively cheap equipment. My equipment: Canon 550D w/ 18-55mm kit lens or nifty fifty Cheap extension tubes ...
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Is Photosop slowing/crashing on my box a workflow issue or a computer issue?

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 ...
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Is there an alternative to Apple's Photos application without a single library file?

I used to use Mac's Photos application, but I don't like the fact that it's generating some huge Library file which might get corrupted and without mac I can't access my images. And if I want to have ...
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What is the recommended workflow for syncing a large Lightroom catalog with Dropbox?

I have a fairly large Lightroom catalog that I want to keep on an external hard drive to preserve space on my Macbook hard drive, as well as keeping originals backed up to Dropbox. Are there any ...
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What's a typical Lightroom + Photoshop workflow for "normal" postprocessing?

I just started using Adobe Lightroom CC and shooting in RAW. So far I have been using the "Develop" feature in Lightroom to do my postprocessing, which is basic and usually consists of cropping, ...
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Methods (mechanics) to select a set of pictures from large amounts

When I return form a trip, I typically bring 3000 - 5000 shots per week. For showing them to friends and family, that is obviously too much, so I need to reduce the count down to something like 100 - ...
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Taking pictures of rugs for online use

I work for a rug manufacturer in the same office as the photographers for our online sales. They take all photos of rugs in house. They have a tremendous amount of post processing that has to be done ...
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What is the correct workflow for Nik collection (with free tools only)

Google has recently released for free the Nik collection. I downloaded it, and noticed that it does not work directly with raw files. However it seems to work with tiff files. I am thinking that I ...
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Does the order in which you make changes to the settings in ACR matter?

I have Photoshop Elements 14. I assume my question is just as applicable to Photoshop CC as well since it has similar ACR setting adjustments. In ACR, there are 3 groups of setting adjustements. In ...
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Preparing enlargements of raw pictures for professional printing?

If one is having large prints made by a professional printer (say, 3' square or more), does one... (1) ...take care of the enlargement in Photoshop (upsampling to necessary dpi in raw before ...
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Issues with Adobe Lightroom Library vs Develop modules

Please help: I've been having a bizarre, frustrating issue for quite some time . . . In general my workflow is: (a) launch Adobe LR CC (ver 2015.2.1), browse images in the Library Module; (b) open ...
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Making a local copy of a photo from a NAS in Lightroom

I use Jeffrey's "Export to Flickr" plugin to keep my catalog synced with Flickr. All my raw photo files are stored on a NAS and when I want to edit photos while away from home I use smart previews. I'...
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How can I load, edit, and overwrite jpg files with Darktable?

This is a follow up to a question asked on askubuntu: https://askubuntu.com/questions/708759/color-adjustment-for-100-jpg-files-fast-workflow-for-savenext I want to do manual color adjustment for 100 ...
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What are the pros and cons of always cropping images to match viewfinder coverage?

This topic is touched on in How important is the viewfinder coverage percentage? (Figures like 95%; 100% for Canon 7D?), but is not central to the question or answers. I own a Nikon D3200 which has ~...
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How do I figure out a good workflow with Lightroom CC, Nik Filters, Photoshop CC, and Exporting?

I am trying to setup my workflow with the above four tools and have some doubts at certain points in the workflow (colorspace, files formats to save etc.). What I want to accomplish at the end of the ...
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How can I duplicate many images to black and white in a batch process?

I've just moved over to lightroom and need to duplicate a set of wedding photos in black and white. In aperture I used to duplicate them and then batch process them. I wondered how to go about this in ...
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How do I keep track of many, many clients in a single shoot (like a school portrait day)?

I am to set up a photo booth at a local fair. I will have a different subject every few minutes. I am to email them their photo afterwards. How would you keep track of each photo to each customer to ...
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