Many times we’ve been requested to share our processing workflow. And we never formally did. It’s not that what we do is a top secret or anything. It has more to do with the fact that we weren’t sure if our workflow would actually be useful as an example to anyone. See, we have a secret…we’re lazy when it comes to processing our images. We don’t want to spend lots of time on the computer fiddling with sliders and moving pixels around. We prefer making as many creative choices in the field as we can without sacrificing image quality. As nature and landscape photographers, we really like spending time outside!
So what’s changed, you may be thinking. Well, after reading lots of books and watching how other photographers teach processing, we realized that one key message wasn’t really getting out: there is no right or wrong way to process your images. There is only right or wrong for you and your goals. Which means you must take what everyone says with a grain of salt. Just because someone else says you ‘ought’ to manage your images a certain way doesn’t mean that is useful advice for you! Like us, study what other photographers do. Read books. Try things out. Take what makes you happy and achieves your creative vision, and dump the rest. For example, some of our goals are:
- spend as much time as possible making creative decisions in-camera rather than on the computer (we like being outside, right?)
- easy and simple is better than long and complicated if both paths lead you to the same point
- in photography, creative vision begins in the field when an image is conceived and should inform your processing choices – we only move sliders to further this vision, not for ‘cool’ effects that really just amount to ornamentation
These goals inform our processing. When we took a step back and considered our processing, we realized that, in most cases, we followed seven steps with our images. Because there’s a dozen ways to get to your end goal in processing (but not many books written with the express purpose of shortening your time on the computer through unorthodox shortcuts), we thought we would share what we do with you. A warning though! These shortcuts are not safe, typical or even necessarily recommended: but they work for us, and might work for you.
So here it is, Sam and Darwin’s 7 Quick and Dirty Processing Shortcuts for Lazy Photographers.
This Book is For:
- photographers who shoot in raw format and use Photoshop
- shooters who want to minimize their time spent processing in their workflow
- skeptics who want to make up their own mind on what works for them
- photographers looking for a key shortcut or two to add to their processing repertoire
- anyone interested in the way we process our pictures (for better or worse)
This Book is Not For:
- commercial photographers with clients who may demand changes to a processed file at any time
- photographers who enjoy and spend a lot of time processing their work (if you love being creative on the computer, your goals are different from ours)
- photographers seeking a detailed, step-by-step guide to processing your images
- beginners (or anyone who shoots JPEG format only) wanting to understand the pros and cons of various editing programs
- photographers who want to learn processing in an ‘industry-approved’ and standardized workflow
- anyone happy with their digital darkroom workflow
- people who don’t have or intend to learn Adobe Photoshop (or for that matter, anyone who does most of their work in Lightroom)
So… if we’ve whet your appetite and you think there might be a sneaky processing shortcut or two that would work for you, check out our eBook now! We’re heading outside to make images…