Your workflow needs to be exactly that: a flow. A logical sequence of actions.
In my case, that means:
- Import the images.
- “Asset Manage” them: add keywords; rate them 1-5; backup.
- Then from the ones marked 3 and over, pick the ones to actually use.
- Edit only these.
- Mark the edited ones as finished.
- Select the finished ones and output them for use.
So it is basically “input – handle – select – edit – use”. And whether you are a pro or an amateur, it is going to be the same flow for you.
And that flow is where you need to save time: you do not want to spend an hour making photos, followed by two hours in Photoshop.
That is where Lightroom comes in. Lightroom is a one-stop workflow tool. It handles all the steps above: ingestion—asset management—editing—using. And it does it in an amazingly efficient way.
Evidently, if you can save time in Lightroom, it saves time overall. And that is where Wacom comes in. I now also use a Wacom Intuos tablet, which I find very useful; much more useful than I would have imagined. Part of the reason is better quality than the last time I looked, years ago. And part is new functionality. Like customizable buttons per app.
This tablet is especially useful when editing, and especially because of its pressure sensitivity. When using the brush, the harder I press, the more brush effect I get. Very cool. Skin fixes and other local edits are now much quicker—and that saves me a lot of time. This functionality is simply not available on a mouse.
In the next weeks I will keep you up to date as to how I am using the Wacom tablet. I will start with customizing the buttons: how do I do it? What functions are most useful? As I sort it out, I will give you my recommendations. Stay tuned.