My own workflow 1

I haven’t actually taken the pictures for this exercise yet as I need to find the right conditions and model to undertake a portrait session.  The model is sorted, my grand-daughter, but I still need to set it up with the right background, lighting etc.  I have however thought about the workflow for the activity and that was harder than I thought.

When I was thinking about the word ‘workflow’ I initially just thought about what I would do ‘post shoot’ i.e. the process I would go through to process and edit the images.  Having read through the materials and thought about it more I realise that the whole process from start to finish constitutes work flow, so my initial work flow for this exercise, a portrait session, is as follows:

  • Think about – setting, i.e. where the shoot will take place, whether indoors or outdoors, what background I will use, how long it will last
  • Decision – outdoors, so no specific lighting needed, in the garden, with natural green shrubs as the background, in the morning so that the model is lit from the side.  The session will last no more than half an hour.
  • Think about  – equipment required
  • Decision – Nikon D7000, digital SLR, Nikon 105mm macro lens, which also works really well for portraits, tripod, reflector, not sure which colour so need to do a trial with silver, white and gold, remote timer
  • Think about – exposure, white balance, aperture manual or auto focus
  • Decision – this camera tends to over-expose so I will bracket the shots without compensation, -.03 and -.07, checking the histogram in between shots.  White balance will be determined by whether or not the sun is shining, but again I will check this and adjust as necessary.  Aperture will be set to f8 so that the model’s face is sharp but the background is thrown out of focus.  I will use manual focus.

Once the photographs have been taken the next steps will be:

  • Import into Elements 9
  • Set up albums and sub categories for this unit/exercise
  • Check that the relevant key words are set up in elements
  • Tag images with relevant keywords and allocate to album
  • Scan through and delete any images that are out of focus
  • Look more closely at remaining images and apply star ratings
  • Process top rated images in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Open in Elements editor and undertake any adjustments there

These are my initial thoughts, they seem to be extremely long-winded but even then I’m not sure that I have included everything.  I haven’t worked out how to put this into the blog as a flow chart, other than to draw it on paper and take a photograph of the drawing.  What I will need to do though is write down each step as I actually do the work so that I know whether I’ve got it right or not.

Workflow handbook arrived today, hopefully that will help.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010 and wanting to take photography further, I enrolled on the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I thoroughly enjoyed. Next came Digital Photographic Practice followed by People and Place. In April 2016 I progressed to level two with Documentary and in June 2018 enrolled on my latest OCA course, Landscape.
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