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