Another note on workflow.
You need to rate your images, to separate the good from the less good. But this only works if the process is:
- Unequivocal, objective.
Lightroom helps in both cases. The “quick” is addressed by the following process. First, you rate all images to a standard, say 3 stars, namely the standard that most of your pictures will be; and now you only mark the exceptions. That takes half the work away. And to actually mark those exceptions, you simply use the number keys on your keyboard (“1″ for one star, “2″ for two stars, and so on) combined with right arrow (“next”) and left arrow (“previous”) in the negative strip.
This only works, as said, if your system is clear. A system that needs you to indicate “how much you like an image” will not work: it has to be more objective.
My system is as follows:
- One star: this image is technically bad; too bad to fix in post-production editing. It is out of focus, or too under= or overexposed, say.
- Two stars: this is technically OK, but it is not an inspiring image. A snapshot. Something you’d rather not use of you do not have to.
- Three stars: this is an image that meets my standard; i.e. one that I would be willing to share with a customer. (That does not mean I will share it).
- Four stars: this is one of the best shots in this shoot.
- Five stars: this is a portfolio shot.
Note that the ratings indicate the end status; i.e. after editing, not the way it looks now.
Your system may be different, but be sure that like me, you design a system that is simple and objective in the sense that it is not open to interpretation.
As a result of the system described here, I can rate a shoot in a few minutes, even when I have hundreds of images.