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Your DSLR can do it in about 5 seconds each. You need a tripod, a piece of glass and a decent light. Try to come up with a way to work at table height. Aim the camera straight down. Put a flat board down, and make a right angle of masking tape. You can apply the tape directly to the table if you are absolutely sure it won't pull off the finish. Not a ...


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A photographer that claims an image is complete after taking the picture, is like a doctor saying you are healed after diagnosing your illness - it requires treatment. Use the example of film. Back in the day you used to select your film stock, chemicals, chemical process, paper stock, cropping, and printing methods. These all had huge effects on the ...


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I'd use a pad of paper or a whiteboard, let them write contact info on it with a marking pen, and take a photo of each person holding it during their photo shoot (like a mug shot). That's what I did for a church directory a while back. Low tech. I probably wouldn't have done it with film, but an extra digital image doesn't cost much.


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For large collections (in the 1000s) outside services can be very expensive. Especially if you: A) want decent quality, B) don't want them shipped to another country for cheaper processing, and/or C) want to preserve the backs. Setting up a camera like in Sherwood Botsford's answer is rather labor intensive and has drawbacks of getting lighting perfectly ...


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I'm not sure I ever have images I truly don't care about at all. I'm always for keeping them or against keeping them, at least. My System I use stars and flags in Lightroom: Reject: Photos I will be deleting as soon as I complete the current pass, if I'm at home. I defer deletion when I am working away from home on a laptop. I wait until I have merged ...


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How does one delete rejected photos from within Darktable Use 'Delete' button (Lightroom mode, right panel, 'Selected Image(s)' module): it "physically deletes" selected images from disk. It helps to display only previously rejected images by setting 'View' filter (Lightroom mode, top panel) to 'rejected only'. For faster use, you can associate a hotkey ...


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One thing you might try is asking them to show you an example of a great photo that hasn't been "'shopped". If you define it as any photo that wasn't exactly as it appeared when the shutter was actuated, they probably can't. Just as the decisions made in the darkroom had a great effect upon the finished product in the film era, the decisions made ...


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An alternative... If you have considered Sherwood Botsford's answer and it seems like a lot of work...well, you are not wrong, especially for larger archives. Consider finding a service to do this tedious, time-consuming, laborious, boring work for you. ScanCafe (for example) have a "Value Kit" option where they ship you a box, you fill it full of "Paper ...


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"Better job" is subjective. We certainly get lots of questions like Why does this camera generated JPEG look better than the software generated one? Why do RAW images look worse than JPEGs in editing programs? Why do my RAW pictures look fine in Lightroom preview but become faded when exported? which by their very existence show that many people like the ...


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The answers per criterion: In LR go through the photos in the Library module with the Loupe view using the arrow keys. Hit X when you want to discard a photo. To keep the discarded photos from the list click the left and middle flag in the filter bar. I've added a screenshot showing the location of the buttons: This hides the discarded photos from the ...


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I have actually tested this by separating some of my photos (around 1200) in to another catalogue as I was worried about putting all my eggs in one basked (incase of a failure). I found that there was very little performance increase by doing this, at least, that I could see or measure. My catalogue was ~3100 images in size prior to this. One option I can ...


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You might have walked into the trap that I and most others have: we overdo it! Because we have seen the dull, almost monochrome, raw image, developed from default settings, we really feel the need to crank up the "power" (saturation, contrast), to make it vivid like those film posters and arty photos we see all over the place. A good start is to crank it ...


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I wrote a script in Python to do the work for me. It's called remove-orphaned-raw-images.py and I published it on Github. Basically it iterates over all the files in a given folder and moves orphaned raw images (in my case *.CR2 files with no matching JPEG) to a backup folder. Optionally you can tell the script to actually delete the files. Here is an ...


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"Don't care" photos? I don't edit them at all, so the only way they factor in my workflow is that I don't flag them with anything. Why spend time on something you don't care about? I'd delete them, but then again, I'm a digital packrat who only throws away really bad photos, such as badly focused ones. Maybe you meant photos that are good but not great? ...


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In this particular situation "Workflow" is less the particular series of edits you apply to a photo and more the entire process from capture -> output. So things to consider in workflow would be: Capture RAW Import, organize, modify metadata, etc in Lightroom Open to Photoshop for aggressive editing Backup to external storage offsite Export to disk and ...


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Most cameras allow an image review mode immediately after shooting, and some let you choose to display info overlaying the image, including the image number or file name. Have each person fill out a line on the sign in sheet with their contact info, and leave a column for you to fill in the number of the image for them. If you take multiple shots per ...


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Although an answer has already been accepted, I will allow myself to add one more unsaid argument. Post-processing is a very important step, especially in the field of digital photography. The point of post-processing is to a) correct photographer's errors (horizon line, exposition), b) enrich a photograph with specific mood by altering its color gamut or ...


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In addition to what the other answers have already stated: There may be specific shooting situations that you encounter on a regular basis that would benefit from batch converting raw files after the fact using a "recipe" for that shooting location that is far more detailed than what in-camera settings can apply. You would have to do the work of developing ...


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What is pixel peeping? Pixel peeping can be defined as magnifying an image until individual pixels are perceivable by the viewer. Pixel peeping may also be defined as magnifying an image on a monitor until each pixel in the image is displayed using one pixel group (made up of a red, green, and blue sub-pixel) on the monitor. We often call this "100% ...


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You should really only sharpen once, and base that on your intended output. If you shoot a JPEG in camera, as you suggested it can apply sharpening depending on your settings. If you shoot RAW the in camera settings typically do not apply. In Lightroom, I would suggest sharpening in the develop module. The develop module gives you much greater flexibility ...


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If you want to delete all "reject" photos, change view to "rejected only". Then you can select all by "ctrl-a". Simply hit delete key to delete from the collection. If you wanna delete from the disk, you need to open "selected images", and the select "delete". Of course, say "Yas". I setup shotcut to "ctrl-delete" and it's work very well for me.


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Photograph the form just before the person. It doesn't have to be high quality, just readable. Optionally, have some other bookend at the end of that client's shoot, like a blank sheet, black card, or fun object, if you don't trust your own discipline to always shoot the next client's form before the client, or if you might have some "other" photos ...


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Will these be paying customers? The last conference I was at, the photos were posted publicly on Twitter. Obviously, the people being shot were not the customers. The conference was the main customer. And the entire point of posting these pictures on Twitter was to generate social media buzz about the conference (while at the same time providing an easy ...


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As long as you have the filename set as you mention, the command you want to use is exiftool "-PNG:CreationTime<Filename" FileOrDir As @cmason mentions, PNG doesn't support the EXIF standard. Exiftool and Exiv2 do have a workaround, but it isn't widely supported. So EXIF tags won't be set by other programs unless you set them yourself with Exiftool or ...


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After years of photography you can look back on your work thematically and discover periods or area’s in your development as photographer. I think this is interesting to document. Once you find “closure” of an area or development, or you take it to a next level, consider documenting that period of time in a photobook. This creates a series of thematic books, ...


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Personally, I consider my LR library only a place for my originals. Be they RAW, JPEG, or TIFFs of scans I’ve made. They all get brought into LR, tagged as much as possible, and processed. If processing is done outside of LR, I will bring this edited image back into my library (unless automatically done so by some plugin) as a separate instance and ...


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Well, just an idea: print cards with your email. Write a number and a password in each card. The numbers must be consecutive and you should use them in order. Every time you meet a new subject, take a picture of a card and give it to him/her. They just need to send you an email indicating the number and the password. The number will help you to find the ...


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I think the best way is to select all the photos that you want to duplicate, and then in the Library view, create a new collection. On creating a collection, you can choose to add selected items to the collection. Under that I think you can then also tick an option to create virtual copies. By doing this it leaves the originals (with edits) intact, and ...


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The process you are describing is commonly referred to as culling images. Any modern photo editing suite will have features to help you accomplish this far more efficiently than a standard file explorer. What works the fastest for me is Photo Mechanic from Camera Bits, Inc. It is extremely fast at viewing full size RAW files without any need to ...


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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. Frankly, I think you're creating a non-issue. The Library "file" is not a single file, but an OSX package. It's simply a directory that displays as if it were a single file in the ...


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