Digital Photography Workflow
Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica
People have asked me several times on Flickr what is my digital photography workflow. Here it is but I think you might be disappointed as there is no magic bullet answer!
The process applies to any digital camera; Leica M9, Leica M Typ 240 or Nikon D800.
- Firstly, capture photos in RAW format in camera
- Remove SD card from camera and copy images to external hard drive via the PC
- Import all images into Adobe Lightroom 5
- Apply sharpening, colour and contrast adjustments manually to one image
- Copy adjustments made to the one photo across all images (synchronize settings)
- Review each image for exposure and adjust as needed until happy
- Export all images reduced size with watermark logo applied on export (for model)
- For images of interest export full size watrmark free and open image in Photoshop
- Apply border and add a watermark
- Add additional contrast adjustment layers until happy with the tones
- Dodge and burn parts of the image if needed such as the eyes
- Clone out any obvious pimple or blemish if required
- Export image and upload to Flickr
That is my usual process for 95% of the images I take. I don’t use presets, plugins or apply excessive airbrushing or smoothing.
Wedding Photography vs Model Photography
For wedding photography editing I upload all the images to Lightroom as described but then I only select the images I want to keep before I start editing. Documentary style (“photojournalism”) wedding photography happens with minimal interuption in an fluid and often uncontrolled environment. As such so not every image is a keeper so it takes times to go through all the photos.
My model photography editing is the opposite and much faster. I control every last detail; the pose, the lighting, the timing, the location, the clothing, the makeup, the expression and even the model selection. I don’t press the shutter until I am happy with the photo and as such I don’t have to delete many images. Some photographers only give models a hand full of images for their time. If models receive all the photos they can select their favourites rather than just the ones I like.
Sorry if you expected something more complicated!
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