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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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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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What's the perfectionist's workflow for taking a photograph from capture to print?

I'm interested in perfecting the 100% ideal method of doing things, keeping the color tones and quality through capturing to the printing and publishing. This isn't about handling the camera or doing ...
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What techniques or tools can be used to show that a UFO or cryptid has been manually added to an image on a web page? [duplicate]

People sometimes post images showing alleged UFOs, cryptids, or other unusual content. Are there techniques or tools can be used to conclusively show that the UFO/cryptid/etc has been manually added ...
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Cross-Platform Photo Management Workflow - from Smart-Phone/PC to Storage to Print

I am looking for a simple photography workflow. I want as much automation as possible to handle synchronization, organization, editing, and printing. I am willing to put in more work upfront so ...
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Moving from Light Room to Capture One/Media Pro or alternative

I've used Lightroom (LR) for the past year and I love that tool. However, I've recently looked into alternatives and the output of Capture One (CO) looks better than LR, at least for me. I wanted to ...
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Method to balance very minor exposure changes over time?

Has anyone found an application for correcting extremely minor exposure changes over the course of a time-lapse? These are like +/- up to 0.05 EV or so changes, and they're pretty random in sequence, ...
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How do you keep organized in LR?

I recently switched from Aperture to LR. I want to know what is the best way to get organized. How do you keep your file structure? I read online that some are using YYYYMMDD-Title as folders. Also, ...
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What workflow can I use to work on photos on two different machines?

I want to work with photos, like in Lightroom, but I want to save my changes to the files directly. Even with RAW I want to adjust settings and save as jpg. It is enough for my private photos and ...
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How can I load images from second internal HD in Darktable on a Mac?

Since Aperture has stopped development, I have sought an open source alternative for my workflow. I am interested in Dark Table, but I can't navigate to my second internal HD. The file picker doesn't ...
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How can I batch process HDR images in Lightroom?

I have taken a series of 8 images for a 360 panoramic shot using bracketed exposure of 3. This produces 24 total images, which I would like to process in lightroom using HDR merge. Currently, I am ...
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What is the simplest way to consolidate a photo library that is spread across several hard drives?

For the last 5 years I've have collected a lot of pictures. Mainly travel and family pictures. The problem is that I was not particularly strict when it came to my workflow. Right now I have 3 USB ...
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What properties of an image could be used to programmatically discard it as “bad”?

I'd like to have a quicker review process of my photos when I dump them from the camera to the computer. Surely there are some parameters that I can extract programmatically from the photos and this ...