Do you ever feel like you’re running around chasing your tail? Oh, I do all the time! One of my biggest tail-chasers is my workflow.
I have to admit — my workflow basically is work-slow. I’ve just never taken the time to create and stick to a process after I download pictures from my card to the computer. Yes, I backup regularly, important client photos are copied immediately to a DVD and all photos are uploaded to an offfsite – online storage site, but I don’t have a committed to process after that. Sometimes I rate photos, then delete the less than stellar photos — and then sometimes I just don’t take the time to do that at all. You’d think I had endless storage space for all these photos. Well, I don’t!
The other evening, I was talking to Rick and mentioned to him that I really needed to buckle down and get a handle on my digital workflow!
I’ve been a Photoshop user for at least 5 years now and am currently running Photoshop CS5 (love it). Late last year — I decided that I wanted to add Lightroom to my bag of tricks (to help me manage my digital workflow). Problem is, I really have no clue how to use Lightroom and haven’t taken the time to learn it. So — today I’m going to start my journey of developing and sticking to a digital workflow!
I went to one of my go-to sites, Adobe TV, to see if there were any videos that could get me started — and of course — found one!
It’s a short, simple and to the point video on how to select, sort and rate your photographs in Lightroom. Now I may have to watch it about 3 times before it sinks in, but at least it’s a start. After watching it, I went to Lightroom and started looking at my pictures from my honeymoon in California. After going through the process explained in the video — I went from 1200 to a little over 300 photographs. Now that’s manageable!
While scooting through the photos — I ran across this little series of Rick, looking out into the ocean. Oh — and then the ocean comes to him — SPLASH!
Yes, he may have misjudged his timing just a tad. Don’t worry, he escaped with just his bottom half getting wet!
Anyhoo — I’m really, really, really committed to buckling down and getting a handle on my workflow! Think of all the time it’s going to save me — and save space on my hard drive!