Event: Post Process Workflow with Mike Pidwerbecki

Post Process Workflow with Mike Pidwerbecki

Post Process Workflow Workshop – Taming the Gigabytes of Photos

You’ve gone out for a photo or outing, maybe with your camera club or on a vacation, and now you have 50, 250 or a thousand new photos on your camera card.  Now what?  If figuring out how to pick the best ones and weed out the losers is a daunting challenge, then this presentation is for you!  Whether you love to do post-processing or you loathe it, having a good system will make it easier and get you more satisfying results.

In this presentation I’ll share the “what” of my post-processing workflow, not the “how” – there are already thousands of tutorials and YouTube videos about how to do specific post-process techniques like sharpen, mask, crop, etc.  So instead, this presentation builds a framework or system that those techniques can be applied onto.  It does not matter which digital post-processing tool(s) you use – this approach can be adapted to any of them.  And it does not matter what kind of photography you do: street, birding, weddings, sports, travel, studio or whatever – the challenge of sifting through all those photos is the same, and having a good system makes it easier.

About Mike

Starting with a manual film camera that I got when graduating from university, I have enjoyed photography.  Adding the world’s first 28-200mm lens to that Yashica, that “all-in-one” camera travelled everywhere, whether it was on cycling trips throughout Canada, canoe trips in Temagami, or a dogsled expedition on Baffin Island.  Then a friend wanted to upgrade from an Olympus D400 1.3MP camera, and needed some money to put towards a $1,600 3MP camera, so I bought it.  It had a whopping 8MB card, and could take over 100 VGA images or about a roll of film’s worth of “full-sized” photos!  That opened up a whole new world of taking all the photos I wanted without needing to buy film and pay a photo processing shop to print out-of-focus, under-exposed, or otherwise throw-away prints.  Plus I could fix exposure, crop and even email photos to friends.  With that new freedom came a new challenge – endless photos to figure out what to do with.  Having an engineering mindset, it was natural for me to research and devise a process to organize and sort through the photos and then work on the good ones.  Over the years (and a few more cameras), technology has changed, and my workflow adapted and evolved.  What you’ll see in this presentation is how I handle the post-processing workflow right now, to power through all those shots I took on an outing and end up with a few that I’m not too embarrassed about showing other people. It will continue to be an evolving work-in-progress and maybe you’ll show me ways to improve it further!  I’m not a pro photographer, just a hobby enthusiast that does photography for fun (as only one of my many other hobbies, on top of a full-time job).

This is my first year with the Hamilton Camera Club.  I moved to Dundas Valley this past summer, and discovered that the area is full of one of my favourite subjects – waterfalls!  Having only limited previous experience with these tricky subjects, I’ve since gotten carried away and taken several hundred waterfall photos – using shutter-speed bracketing – taking the exact same shot 1/2 dozen times or more at different shutter speeds and then deciding during post-processing which speed worked best with that particular waterfall.  Sometimes 1/5s works best, sometimes 5s.  Then repeating this for multiple different angles and vantage points – of the same waterfall.  (Only a photographer would understand this – a normal human being would not have the patience for this!)  So post-processing workflow to the rescue!

And no, I don’t do social media, and I don’t have a website of my photos (yet)…


Date: January 8th, 2022

Time: 9:00am to Noon

Location: ZOOM

Price: Workshop is free for members but for non-members the fee is $25.

Registration is required for all workshop participants.