Get it as good as it gets in the camera

Work on your photography technique all the time. There are always new things to learn. Challenge yourself to come back from every photo session with better keeper ratio and less shots. Focus on small details and you will see how you start saving time while post processing your images. All of a sudden there will be less and less things to work on with the computer, your clients will receive their product faster, you will gain free time and thus enhance your workflow. There is no limit for perfecting your technique, but if you strive for it, there will be more time for shooting, instead of editing.


BACKUP

One day data loss will hit you, be sure of it. So save yourself and start backing things up. Make a habit of it. Modern cameras have mirrored card slots. The new operating systems have built-in backup functionality. Don't exclude your computer hardware failure and keep things on mirrored drives plus an external HDD as an extra safety measure. Having data copied into 3 different hardware elements is good practice. This will save you one day.


Choose the right software

Most professional photographers get 95% to 98% of their post processing work done in the RAW file editor. This is the tool you will be using most. Take your time and make a wise decision. Most software packages be it Lightroom, After Shot, etc. have a trial version. Use that to make up your mind. No software review is better than your own feel for the tool.

Check out these tips to ease up the retouching process

You might also want to use retouching presets. These are specific sets of enhancements which you can apply to a photo with (usually) one click. Find a nice collection of lightroom presets with before and after samples at xposurepro.com


Let your client do part of the work

No matter how good you become at post processing you photos, this will still be an awfully long process if you will be editing all the photos that you bring back from every photo session. Why not let your client do part of the work? You are making photographs for a living, this means your photos look better straight out of the camera than your clients home snapshots will ever look. Let them see the out-of-camera photos and choose the ones they like before you ever get to editing them. Whether you are selling a fixed amount of photographs or you are payed by the shot, you can still let you client make their mind up first and only then work to finalize the post production.

PixyLike was created with exactly this in mind- to move the proofing of photos higher up in the photographic workflow. This way you have more time to focus on the few images you client has chosen instead of wasting all the time and never having the energy to get into the small details.

Try PixyLike online proofing service today. Click here and join us today to receive one month free trial which you can use to get the feeling of our simplified proofing process for digital photographers.


Time planning is everything

Plan your time correctly. Make sure you have enough time between the shoots to deal with photo proofing, post-production and client communications. There is nothing worse than photos of a wedding delivered six months after the wedding.


Enjoy

It is all about having fun and being there to capture good mood and wonderful moments in the life of your client. Enjoy them as much as your client does and it will be visible in you photos.


A real life example

Here is a video by photographer Brian Mosoff about his photography workflow. Many good ideas to adapt for yourself!


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