I’ve heard and read a lot about how important finding a good workflow is when processing digital images, so I thought I’d document mine here. No doubt it will change over time.
- Capture RAW + JPEG in camera. Martin told me a scare story about once being unable to get RAW images from a CF card, hence shooting both.
- Download all images to the iBook. Up until now I’ve been doing this direct from the camera, but now have a card reader. They go straight into Canon ImageBrowser.
- Copy all the RAW files over to my network attached storage for safe keeping. The JPEGs get binned.
- Give each RAW file an initial star rating of 1-3 in ImageBrowser.
- Import all the 3 star images into Adobe Lightroom.
- Do a more refined critique of the photos in Lightroom, assigning a star rating of 1-5. Filter only to show the 5-star photos.
- Perform any RAW processing in Lightroom. Adjusting white balance, crops etc.
- Export from Lightroom as JPEG with 99% quality into a new folder
- Import the exported JPEGs into iPhoto for general cataloging, viewing and printing.
- Use the excellent FlickrExport from Connected Flow to tag and upload to flickr.
If I have time I then go back and work on the 4-star and below images.
The most obvious missing step is the use of any image manipulation software such as PhotoShop. I’ve not yet got around to buying a recent copy of Elements. The one I currently have is 2.0.