Our New eBook: Sam and Darwin’s 7 Quick and Dirty Processing Shortcuts for Lazy Photographers

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!

We want to be outside making pictures and not inside fixing pictures!

We want to be outside making pictures and not inside fixing pictures!

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
We just want to be outside!

Did we mention we love being outside?

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.

7 Quick and Dirty Processing Shortcuts for Lazy Photographers eBook

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)

7 Quick and Dirty Processing Shortcuts for Lazy Photographers eBook

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…

7 Quick and Dirty Processing Shortcuts for Lazy Photographers eBook

About the Author

Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!


  1. Ron
    December 18, 2013

    Thanks for doing this. I bet I am not alone when I say I have waited a long time to learn how you do what you do.
    Now, if only I can figure out a way to join one of your tours/workshops/presentations and learn from the two of you in person.

    • Darwin Wiggett
      December 18, 2013

      Well… our lazy methods may surprise you 😉

      We spend most of our time getting things right in the field and we stress that in our workshops. Ron, we would love to have you come along some day!

  2. Anne Jutras
    December 18, 2013

    Oh wow! Can’t wait to read (and learn) your dirty tricks! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 😀

  3. Fred Dunn
    December 18, 2013

    I’m interested in this but both the images get a “File Not Found” when I click on them. I’d like to see the TOC.


  4. Markos Berndt
    December 18, 2013

    Great article, and I agree with getting it right in the field. I enjoy walking around and taking photos, I don’t enjoy editing them as much as 10 years ago.

  5. Chris Eaton
    December 18, 2013

    Gotta love seeing another Acratech Ballhead user!

  6. Sarah Marino
    December 20, 2013

    Hi Sam and Darwin – I wish you the best with your e-book. I really like the premise that good processing does not have to take forever and that a workflow can be fairly simple and get good results. The only thing I have to quibble with is the idea that this makes a photographer lazy. I assume that part of the title is only offered as a lighthearted approach to the topic. Blending ten files for dynamic range and depth of field and then warping and changing the perspective to make the file even more fancy does not make a photographer more hard working than those of us with simple workflows!


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