Photo Processing

Most people, me included, are very excited after a shoot, and they want to use and show off their photos immediately .. what people usually miss is the excitement of going through the photos very slowly and processing them properly;

  • Renaming for organisation
  • Inserting keywords, tags and labels
  • Rating (stars and colours)
  • Discarding bad photos
  • Basic processing (White balance, exposure and contrast)
  • Intermediate processing (lens corrections, perspective corrections, colour corrections, noise and sharpening)
  • Advanced processing (area and spot corrections, vignette, graduated and colour filters)
  • Cropping and levelling
  • Creating several versions with different processing options
  • Artistic processing (Photoshop)
  • Exporting for sharing, printing, publishing, and archiving

How to organise photos

First thing after taking photos and importing them to a PC is to organise them in a way that allows finding them in the future

I use Lightroom to organise my photos (always shoot in RAW).

I have set LR to re-name files to yyyymmdd_filename and import to a folder named yyyymmdd into a folder named yyyy . So all photos are renamed to date shot, imported into a folder of the day and inside a folder of the year.

I have not mentioned of course that for special occasions, persons, travel, holidays etc I put the files in a folder named after the occasion or activity but still under the year .. i.e. activity/person_yyyymm

How to organise photos

First thing after taking photos and importing them to a PC is to organise them in a way that allows finding them in the future

I use Lightroom to organise my photos (always shoot in RAW).

I have set LR to re-name files to yyyymmdd_filename and import to a folder named yyyymmdd into a folder named yyyy . So all photos are renamed to date shot, imported into a folder of the day and inside a folder of the year.

I have not mentioned of course that for special occasions, persons, travel, holidays etc I put the files in a folder named after the occasion or activity but still under the year .. i.e. activity/person_yyyymm