Post Production Considerations

Post Production Considerations

An important part for a beginning photographer is to figure out your own workflow or what you are going to do with your pictures after you take them. A photographer’s workflow is your personal routine for capturing, copying, and processing your photographs. The better detail and organization you have, the more efficient you are going to be as a photographer. Your own workflow might contain more steps and you might want to go into more detail or less depending on what you feel is best for you. View an example workflow.

  • Step 1. How are you going to shoot your pictures?
    • JPEG – The more universal format; harder to edit exposure but is best for those just learning.
    • RAW – Some examples of RAW format are .nef, .crw, .orf. Raw format is best for those who are more advanced and have editing programs like Adobe Bridge’s Camera Raw editor or Lightroom. For Nikon the raw format is .nef, for Canon .crw, and for Olympus .orf.
    • Tiff – Some cameras can shoot in .tiff but this takes up more memory than raw even though they are both good quality, raw is usually preferred

  • Step 2. How are you going to copy them to your computer?
    • Directly – plugging your camera directly into your camera takes longer and will drain your camera’s battery.
    • Card Reader – Much faster and easier.
    • Wirelessly – Some camera’s and cards have WiFi or other wireless capabilities.
  • Step 3. How are you going to organize and name your pictures?
    • By date
    • Titles
    • Event
  • Step 4. What program are you going to use to move your pictures?
    • Digital Image Mover (DIM) – Free image mover. It moves and names files for clean organization
    • Adobe Bridge – Works with Photoshop, allows you to copy files from your memory card, works good if you have it.
    • Lightroom – Perfect for photographers using RAW format and don’t want to spend a lot of money on Photoshop.
    • Google Photos – Nice that it works cross-platform, but not a lot of editing capability.
  • Step 5. Are you going to back up your images? If so to what?
    • External Hard drive – Safe and quick, one place for all your pictures.
    • DVD – Nice if you want to easily find specific pictures, but takes a long time. Make sure your computer burns DVD’s before you buy them.
    • To the Cloud – Perfect place where you can access your pictures from anywhere you are.
    • Computer – Not very safe, if your computer crashes you lose all your pictures.
  • Step 6. How are you going to sort them?
    • By rating them – Programs Light Bridge and Lightroom allow you to give your pictures stars.
    • Deleting bad ones – We all make mistakes, no reason to keep the evidence.
  • Step 7. Do you want to add other info?
    • Keywords – Nice if you are looking for pictures that are related, easy option in Lightroom.
    • Metadata – Information that is important to keep with your pictures.
    • Copyright – Included with the metadata.Lightroom
  • Step 8. How are you going to edit your pictures?
    • Camera Raw
    • Photoshop
    • Lightroom
    • Gimp
  • Step 9. What format are you going to save your edited pictures?
    • Make sure with edited images that you save them separately from the originals, if that means that you add a .1, .2, .3 etc for each revision or you add letters such as a, b, or c…
    • Psd – Photoshop format with layers, loss less compression
    • tiff – Smaller than psd also lossless
    • JPEG – Compresses photos, you lose important information
    • DNG – Digital negative that saves changes, especially found in lightroom
  • Step 10. Where are you going to backup your processed images?
    • External Hard drive – Safe and quick, one place for all your pictures.
    • DVD – Nice if you want to easily find specific pictures, but takes a long time. Make sure your computer burns DVDs before you buy them.
    • To the Cloud – Perfect place where you can access your pictures from anywhere you are.
    • Computer – Not very safe, if your computer crashes you lose all your pictures.

Work through each of the options found in these steps and figure out which you want to use and which you want to leave out to better your own workflow.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to move on!

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Dearest Digital Photography, today, i just finished copying all your lessons (from 1 to 8). I personally thanked God for your lives who shared this articles to people who are in need of more informations about photography like me. I’m very much excited to start reading my hard copy of this lessons. I look forward for more informations that would freely helped me to further developed my skills in Photography. May God bless all of you Guys..

  2. Im very glad this time,compleated 8 lessons.Realy thank all of those behind this site.God bless.

  3. Thanks so much, I was prepared to read “heavy” stuff, as I had some vague idea how ISO, aperture, shutter speed…work, but this make it crystal clear.

  4. Thank you sooo much for providing all these lessons!!! I was overwhelmed when using Google and seeing thousands of links to different websites with difficult to understand definitions. On this website i was able to learn the basics and found them nicely packaged together! It was extremely easy to undstand! Thank you!!!!!!!

  5. Thank you for the concise, time-saving explanaions. I ordered my new camera just two hours before I started this course and I ended it another two hours later, in my opinion with total success. I understood 99% of it and now I anticipate my new Nikon D3100 with a lot of passion and readyness to Try it all out. Thank you for that once again! It was one of the most intense learning experiences I have had online.

  6. I don’t think I have ever seen a course about any complex subject that made it seem so simple and clear. I loved the beginning course and will recommend it to anyone. I completed the course in about one hour. As soon as I feel comfortable using what I have learned without having to refer back to it constantly, I will look at the more advanced lessons and I simply can’t wait! Many thanks!

  7. Hi again, what programs and formats would you recommend for compressing and also resizing pictures with the purpose of using them for web content? Or maybe some online platform which works well? Thanks a lot in advance!

  8. @Juddi If you’ve got Photoshop they have a wonderful save for web option that does a good job of compressing things. It’s good to keep in mind that on the web most people won’t need to see images larger than 1000 pixels. It’s nice for the new retina displays with higher pixel density to have more, but as a general rule 1000 pixels wide is all you need.

  9. Thank you for the first class. It truly helped me understand the more into the subject of photography.It was easy to understand the light Rays and the information on what there is needed to use and the subjects on the work flow. I did take the photos when it came to the setting on my camera when come’s to using the the ISO, Aperture, and the Shutter speed. Also when it comes to timing during the day and when it comes to mid day and when the sun goes down.I am looking forward to the next class. Thank you.

  10. Use caution when storing/saving to the “cloud” – some sites claim ownership when you upload to them and they then have the right to distribute / sell / share / use in commercials / etc… your photos –
    Read the latest news on photography and copyright laws to keep current (too detailed to post here).

    Excellent materials and presentation – thank you.

  11. Well after about lesson 6 I simply read through the lessons being that, in the absence of a camera, it would be beter to continue on and come back to “practice” in detail once I have a camera. Overall I am very pleased with this course. Thank you so much for this! This lesson is very helpful. While I have worked with photoshop CS5 in a college course, I never was able to put a good, planned out method of organizing and such for what I was editing.

  12. I’m so happy to surf internet and come across this great website, this hasreally help me .
    God bless Admin.

    OLADIPO MATHEW YINKA all the way from Africa Nigeria

  13. thanks for all the info.
    I had just finished today all the beginner’s lesson.
    I have to first practice all the tips before proceeding to the next stage. . .

  14. enjoyed the beginning lessons. Don’t know about adjusting shutter speed according to iso.
    Iso needed to be 1600 in order for more light. Placed shutter speed at 1/1600 with aperture still at lowest (3.5) too dark.

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