5 TIPS FOR YOUR SHOOTING WORKFLOW
How you shoot is very important, and your shooting workflow will determine how much time it will take you to edit your images. We have 5 shooting tips designed to save you time when you’re ready to post-process your images.
TIP 1: SHOOT WITH A VISION OF THE FINAL PRODUCT
When you’re shooting you want to have the vision of the final product (DVD, album, large print, canvas, etc..) in mind, rather than just mindlessly taking photos. If an image has little to no value to the final product, it should probably be deleted before it gets to the post producing process.
TIP 2: SHOOT IN MANUAL MODE
Shooting in Manual Mode is the best way to make sure you get consistent results in color and exposure in your photos. When these images get to the post processing workflow, it becomes much easier to batch process (apply adjustments to a set of images) the images, and this saves an enormous amount of time! When you shoot in an automated mode (AV, TV, P or Green), your camera’s light meter settings will determine the exposure, and that can change from photo to photo.
TIP 3: SHOOT WITH MANUAL FLASH
Just like shooting in Manual Mode, shooting with manual flash will give you more consistent results. Shooting in TTL mode (through the lens) won’t give you consistent results with anything other than direct flash. If you’re bouncing the flash, the TTL mode won’t know how far the ceiling is from the subject, so you’re much better off using the flash in manual.
TIP 4: CULL IN CAMERA
Culling in camera is a great way to save time in your post-processing workflow because you can immediately delete the photos you don’t want, leaving only the keepers when it gets to your computer. This practice saves space on your hard drive, and time in your post processing workflow. Delete the obvious rejects (blurry photos, photos of people blinking) and if you have two photos that looks similar and you’re not sure which one to delete, keep both of them. When you see the images full screen on your computer, you’ll be able to make a better decision.
TIP 5: AVOID SHUTTER SPAMMING
We all want to make sure we get the perfect shot, and holding down the shutter seems like a great way to ensure we don’t miss a moment. For most of us, this will result in duplicate images that will take up additional space, as well as an increase in culling time. Spamming the shutter can also result in a set of missed focus images if you’re not careful. Our advice is to take your time, make sure you’re nailing your focus, and use drive modes when they’re necessary.