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Week 20 – An Introduction to Postproduction

Draw a diagram of your preferred workflow and explain why you take certain steps.

The most important thing for me is to create backups of all my images (and files in general). While I used to do this by importing RAW files to my computer and making a copy of the import folder to an external hard drive, the flow of the work process improved when I bought my current camera, as I can import images to two separate locations at once when importing RAW’s from my camera. I therefore always import them to a separate hard drive, as well as my computer if the images are to be edited quickly.

I then open all images in Lightroom. For small adjustments I do them directly in said program, but for bigger and more complex ones, I open individual files in Photoshop. Saving, backing up and using the programs back and forth is becoming more easy with every Adobe update, but I always make sure to backup work files and save .psd files as I go.

When done, I make copies of the edited pictures to be stored as backup when files are exported, as well as putting them online, either on a website or in a cloud service like Dropbox, for the “customer” to download.

Create a checklist for your workflow.

  1. Connect camera to computer and external hard drive via EOS Utility (WiFi or Bluetooth, Canon EOS Kiss X9). This is an easy way to create automatic backups while importing new images directly to your computer at the same time.
  2. Import files to Adobe Lightroom
  3. Small adjustments done in Lightroom
  4. Larger adjustments done in Photoshop
  5. Post processing / editing
  6. Save, and create backups for .psd files.
  7. Export product files (.jpg and others). Import to Lightroom if Photoshop was used.
  8. Create backups of final pictures.
  9. Upload, create online directory, burn CD, etc.

Take a screenshot of your folder structure.

Explain why creating backups are so important.

Backups are important in any field working with technological equipment, as these may not be trusted 100% of the time. In the case of photography, doing regular backups of image libraries and files will not only ensure your files are stored away safely in case something would happen to your computer; you would also be able transfer files between computers easily. Spending a couple of minutes (or most likely less) to create backups would also save you a possible reshoot, which would be much more time consuming. User errors, for example deleting or somehow messing up files, may also happen, and having unedited backups then is a good idea as well. Depending on what you shoot, reshooting might even be impossible, so making sure to do a backup will definitely give us peace of mind!

Complete the Exercise Files from Photoshop CC 17 Essential Training: The Basics

All done! 🙂 Not uploading them, but really enjoyed the tutorial.

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