re-post from onOne Software blog post
In part 2 of – Up Close with Mykal Hall – he talks about his typical workflow. To view part 1, click here.
I always shoot in RAW. That way I capture the maximum amount of information so I have more creative leeway to stylize to my liking. As the saying goes “pixels are meant to be punished” and on the odd occasion I bend them to near breaking point. I copy my card to an external drive to a folder labeled by the location and date. Then I import the images into Lightroom with a few general keywords, create a Collection Set, then create a collection in that set called Full Shoot where all my RAW files are imported.
The next stage is to preview the images and delete the few that are ruined by either me having to lift my tripod in mid shoot to avoid being hit by a wave, miscalculating a wave strength and get splash back on the lens or filter, (a Seascapers torment), not having properly cleaned the said lens or filter after being splashed or just stuffing up the shot by not selecting Bulb mode when taking long exposures. From a Seascape shoot there may be 2 or 3 shots that fall into this category.
Then, I’ll 3 star rate those images that I feel are acceptable which generally culls it down by half. If I have been in a Long Exposure mood that day this process takes no time at all as I normally have a 90% plus hit rate with composition and exposure. It’s only when I’m shooting for flowing water movements with shutter speeds of 0.6sec that I have more to cull as I’m trying to capture the right timing of waves over or around rocks. After that, I will collect similar composition and view them in Survey View in Lightroom to pick the cream of the crop. These images get a 4 star rating and are placed in the next collection called Picks which is when I start my editing.
Summary of Mykal’s Pre-Editing Process
- Shoot in RAW
- Copy card to external drive to a folder labeled by location & date
- Import images into Adobe Lightroom (with general keywords)
- Create a Collection Set, then create a collection in that set called Full Shoot where all my RAW files are imported.
- Preview images. Delete completely ruined ones.
- 3 star rate images (images deemed acceptable)
- Pick the very best and give them 4 stars. Place these in a collection called Picks
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