About a year and half ago, I work a post on my Real Life Workflow with Lightroom. Since I already wrote a post on it, why write again? Because time has passed, and things have changed.
Please note that I’m quite bad at sticking with the same steps, day-in day-out. I would never be a “good” factory worker. I can’t do exactly the same thing every time. I’m terrible. The other reason for all the changes was the Lightroom upgrade. The straight upgrade of the catalog didn’t work well. Upgrading large catalogs significantly slowed down my work. So ended up saving all the sidecars and importing the photos in Lightroom1.
I have 2 main directories:
- Photos: I copy all the photos from the memory card to the directory and sub-directories. It has that all the photos before they are imported into Lightroom.
- Library: The library is the photo storage after the raw photos have been imported in Lightroom
- Copy the photos from the memory card to the Photos sub-directories.
- Rename the photos in the Photos sub-directory from _mg_8765.cr2 to charlie-20101028-8765.cr2. Details are at: My Lightroom File Naming Conventions
- Import the photos in Lightroom by moving them to the
Librarydirectories. During the import, I assign my defaults, copyrights, name, address… I do not assign the keywords. Set the preview to 1:1. Please note that I do not keyword the photos at this time yet.
- Go immediately through the imported photos: P or X.
Rejector do nothing with it. The reasons for
Reject: wrong focus, camera moved meaning me, not sharp enough, wrong timing such as closed eyes…
- Select all the Rejected and Delete them and remove them from the hard drive.
Select all the Picks and Add them to the
Lightroom: Picks, Selects and Prints Collections
Filter in the
Selectsfor the new photos2.
- Add the keywords and captions in the
Selectcollection. Usually done in block
Start the processing of the photos with the
- White Balance if needed
- Apply Auto Tone. 90% of the time, the Auto Tone is an good improvement, if not there’s Undo.
- Apply the manual settings of Brightness, Clarity, Vibrance and colors for the “right feel.”
Go back through the current
Selectsand Pick the “good ones”. The picks from the
Selectsget dropped in the
Pickscollection gets reprocessed, being much more careful and final adjustments.
- Go back through the current
Selectsand pick what the customer wants printed. These photos get dropped in the