What is your Workflow?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Binford, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Binford macrumors member

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    I'm lazy.

    RAW -> Aperture -> Jpeg

    I'm considering giving capture NX a shot though, but haven't yet out of laziness and cost. Sometimes I kind of wish I had given lightroom a more thorough try, but now i'm too lazy to bother since my library is all set with aperture. maybe one day when i'm really in the mood...
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    I tried Capture NX and wasn't impressed - very clunky indeed. I have a hard time choosing between Aperture and Lightroom - they both have their advantages, but have plumped for Aperture, if only because I've spent enough time with it to get comfortable with it.
     
  3. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    RAW->Lightroom->Jpeg OR TIFF

    I'll only export TIFFs if there is some additional PS work to do (mainly Noise Ninja or some layer work). Also if I'm doing an HDR, I'll export three TIFFs for Photomatix (-2, 0, +2 EV).

    What I'm wondering is how does everyone then manage those exported files? Do people import these back into Aperture/LR? I need a good system for managing these, because I'll often do different edits for different purposes (prints, Smugmug exports, Facebook exports, etc), and I'm starting to get too many exported files. I think I may just start bringing these back into LR, unless someone has a better strategy.
     
  4. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    That's not lazy, it's efficient.

    Mine is similar

    Raw upload via Eos Utility -> Lightroom -> Jpeg
     
  5. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

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    I import my Nikon D50 raws directly into Lightroom. I use the GIMP if I need anything more powerful than Lightroom, and Photomatix for HDR. With academic discounts, I bought my whole software suite for just $130.
     
  6. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    Simple is more efficient

    RAW > CS2/CS3 > Tiff
    or
    RAW > CS2/CS3 > Tiff > PhotoMatrix > Jpeg

    Depends what/who I'm Processing the Image for really :)

    agree with tersono NX isn't great, save your wedge ;)
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Why the last step? Seriously. What do you do with the jpg files?

    My workflow is this:
    RAW/JPG -> Aperture -> end product
    or many times
    RAW/JPG -> Aperture -> Photoshop -> Aperture -> end product

    Where "end product" might be a print, DVD, digital picture frame, book, slide show....
     
  8. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502

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    I'm just guessing but "post them on the Internet" seems like a good answer.
     
  9. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Used to run three or four apps at once to do everything... then I downloaded Aperture 2 and bought it.

    Now it's raw > Aperture > print /post /galleries /web page /email, etc...

    and of course from Aperture to an occasional edit in PSE 4 for the extreme case. rarely.:p
     
  10. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    End of work flow depends on what people want. But usually involves me sticking on the web (watermarked and low res), before they tell me what they want to keep.
     
  11. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    There's nothing lazy about taking out time consuming steps.

    If I am on assignment, it's JPEG > CS2 > Paper's Photo Server

    If I am freelancing, it's RAW > Aperture > either CS3 becasue neither Aperture or Lightroom are as powerful and effective as Photoshop **OR** I export the final JPEGs and hand them off to the client.

    If I am snapshooting, it's JPEG > Finder. :D
     
  12. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    If you don't mind me asking why do you shoot in JPEG Rather than RAW.
     
  13. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    A lot of sports/news togs shoot Jpeg as it's much quicker to just ftp to the newsdesk rather than convert raw-jpeg then ftp. Though quite use raw+jpg settings so the jpeg is quick to shift and you've got the raw for any later agency use.
     
  14. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    It depends on the situation. The extra bit of info that I get with RAW won't show on the news print that most papes use, and I generally shoot WAY too many images while shooting for the paper, so JPEGs take up less space.

    If I am snapshooting then the images wont' be that important anyway.
     
  15. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

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    RAW>Lightroom(exposure tweak, fill light(sometimes),black level,contrast, saturation, sharpen)

    From Lightroom it depends, I may export a jpeg and have it printed, I may just export a jpeg and store it away on one of the external HDD's. If it needs (or I want) some additional editing, I'll export it as a DNG and edit away in CS3 at which point it's converted to .tif and re-imported to Lightroom for final polish and conversion to jpeg.

    SLC
     
  16. Binford thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, internet, and send them to family/friends, upload to blogs... my end products are rarely printed things, and 90% of the time online. i actually dont keep my jpegs though, once i upload/send/whatever i just delete them.
     
  17. anmoldagreat macrumors member

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    raw -> bridge -> ps cs3 -> ps cs3 -> smugmug

    upload all raw files from card reader
    look at them through bridge, editing them in ps as need be
    running an action that converts all to png
    upload to smugmug site for customers
     
  18. TimJim macrumors 6502a

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    RAW>Aperture>JPEG

    or

    RAW>Aperture>Photoshop at School>JPEG
     
  19. juanm macrumors 65816

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    I have the same workflow. I only used Capture to defish pictures taken with the 10.5mm. Now Aperture supports plugins, and Hemi is already developing theire defishing plugin for it, so I'll be able to stay in Aperture 90% of time.
     
  20. jalagl macrumors 6502a

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    RAW or JPG->PhotoReviewer (when it doesn't crash :mad:)->Aperture (library on external HD)->JPG->iPhoto (on internal drive, best pics only)

    And sometimes they end up in flickr :p
     
  21. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    RAW > upload via card reader to a folder on the desktop > review and cull images in Photo Mechanic > import the good images to Aperture > export processed and finalized jpgs from Aperture to folder on desktop to upload to Smugmug or Zenfolio.
     
  22. Binford thread starter macrumors member

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    just wondering, why do you use smugmug AND zenfolio?
     
  23. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Operative word here is "or," not "and." I use one or the other. In more recent times it's been Zenfolio but I still have a lot of galleries on Smugmug.
     
  24. hector macrumors regular

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    Well... that means you have an account with both surely. So you do use Smugmug and Zenfolio. Maybe not for the same pictures I'm guessing?
     
  25. aafuss1 macrumors 68000

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    My workflow:
    1. Import images & video from camera into iPhoto or Easyshare software
    2. Catalog and perform simple edits in iPhoto or Easyshare software
    3. Move to PC and use Photoshop Elements 6 to do further editing
    4. Print, email or upload to Flickr
     

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