Prompted by the work I did today for this past weekend’s Music and Dance School shoot, I think today I might once again point out how great Adobe Lightroom is for a photographer’s workflow. It is no exaggeration to say that Lightroom has enabled my business to exist. I can now organise and edit, as well as produce output, in batch mode; quickly and efficiently.
One thing I do in Lightroom is organize. Here is my workflow:
- Import the images and have Lightroom copy them to a location of my choice.
- Select the images I think are good enough to use (e.g. I exclude blurred images or images where people blink).
- Make those into a collection.
- Edit them in that collection.
- Sort the collection.
- Make outputs (eg large JPG files for printing, or direct prints).
And a few tips for you:
- One thing I always do is pick winners. To do that I use the compare view (the X/Y “candidate” view in the Library module) as well as the “Survey” view, in the same menu. If you are not used to using those, please start. They are fabulous.
- If you use more than one camera, to facilitate sorting, ensure they are set to the same time.
- If, however, they are not, no problem. Activate the filter bar (“\”) and by selecting one camera, filter to see just the images from the camera that has the wrong time. Select them all (Command-A). Now from the menu select Metadata and Edit Capture Time. You can now select “Shift by set number of hours” and select +1 or -1, say, if you have forgotten to adjust your camera.
- Learn the shortcuts. Like “G” for “switch to the Grid view in the Library”, and “D” for “Switch to Develop”.
If you ever come home with a few hundred pictures at the same time, then every hour you invest in learning Lightroom will pay back manifold.
Finally, a couple of images from this weekend’s shoot.