My Post Processing Workflow - Storage and Sharing
For clients who may want to know what I do:
I shoot images in RAW format. When you take a photo with a phone or put images online that’s usually in JPEG format, which is an image file that’s good for sharing and using. RAW images are files that contain more information about the scene photographed but are very large and can only be interpreted by certain programs – by the time I’ve finished my picture processing, I pass the clients JPEGs which I’ve created from the original RAW files (unless it is a magazine job in which case I use TIFF).
So, after a shoot I have hundreds of photographs, stored as RAW files on memory sticks in cameras. I use dual card cameras so for important jobs like a wedding each image is store twice as I take it - in case a memory card goes wrong (or missing). That’s a lot of info. After a wedding I can come back with around 200 gigabytes of images or more.
I plug the memory cards into my computer and use a program called Adobe Lightroom to move them from the cards to an external hard drive. Lightroom catalogues the photos for me.
Then the work begins. I go through the photos stored on the hard disk and use lightroom to tweak them, that can mean lightening them, darkening, black and white, filters etc. I prefer to do this for each photo. When I’ve gotten an image to where I’m happy with it, I export the image as a JPEG file to a folder on my computer. These will be the photos the client will see.
I try and do this methodically but after a wedding or a party when everyone wants to check out the images quickly I’ll usually scan through all the photos and grab a few, process them and pass them on.
When I’ve worked through all the photos on a shoot, I take all the RAW files and copy them onto Microsoft Onedrive, which is a cloud service. Now I have two copies of the RAW files, and can delete off the original camera card and reuse them.
With the processed photos (there can be hundreds of these), I do three things:
I put them in a folder on Onedrive and give the client a hyperlink so they have access to them.
I also put a solid selection of them in a password-protected webpage on my website so the client can share them easily.
If the client is happy I might publish a couple of shots on public facing sites such as Facebook, Instagram or my website.
When I’ve done this, I delete the processed photos off my computer.
So, by the end, I have:
1 set of RAWs on Onedrive.
1 set of RAWs on a hard drive
Lightroom catalog to keep track of them and the changes I’ve made to create the final JPEGs
1 Set of processed JPEGs on Onedrive
1 Webpage with high res images for the client to share.
A couple of photos available for public viewing.