It occurs to me that it may be helpful to share my “rating”-workflow in Lightroom. I go through the following sequence:
- Import everything as 2 stars
- Go to grid view and step through them, and reject any that are technically bad (e.g. out of focus or badly exposed, or the subject is blinking). They get an “X” marking. I exclude X from my view.
- Go through them again and rate any that “could possibly be used” as 3.
- Go through the threes again and rate any that are “great in this shoot” as 4.
- Go through the fours again and give any that are “great and can be used even outside this shoot as portfolio shots” a five rating.
- Then I select just the 4 and 5 stars rate them all as PICK.
- Then I step through the 3 stars and decide with of them I want to use; I rate those as PICK also.
- Then I check for doubles and unpick those.
- Then I do any post on my picks.
Here’s a couple of (unedited) 4-star images from yesterday’s Toronto Island model shoot:
(70-200 f/2.8 IS lens on 1D MkIII, manual exposure -2 stops from ambient and key flash though umbrella, fill flash on camera.)