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Post Processing Workflow
Please describe your post processing workflow..

Right now I shoot exclusively in RAW. I like to copy all the pictures from my camera into a folder on my desktop where they are automatically imported into Adobe Lightroom..

From there, I rename all raw files to .dng and then copy them into a 2nd folder where they will be permanently stored..

I do all post imagine processing in Adobe Photoshop CS3 (I realize I could just use Photoshop/Bridge to rename my files but I find Lightroom easier ... just as I could use Lightroom to make all immediate corrections)..

I have heard that Nikon Capture NX is a better program to use for RAW editing then ACR but does it allow auto import? Also, is it necessary to save files as .dng (I know it's not NECESSARY but do you)?.

Thanks in advance .....

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Here's mine, in a nutshell..

1. If all of a shoot isn't on one card I'll dump them all into a temp folder just to make the import step smoother..

2. On import into LR (is is like a photo database) I convert the NEF's to DNG and add metedata info as well as keywords. I use DNG so I don't have to have sidecar files to store the edits to the RAW data. Also, some basic common adjustments are applied during import. (Saturation boost, clarity, basic sharpening, etc.) This step takes a while, but I can start it and go do something else while it runs..

3. Using the Library module I go through and cull bad shots by flagging them as "Rejected" by pressing the X key. Since I have the filters set up to show me images that are flagged as "Picked" or "Unflagged" only, any rejected images disappear. (They aren't deleted yet, just out of the way. I purge later on.) I also rank them during this step with one or two stars. Occasinally I'll have a three star image.



4. When I've finished with the ranking, I usually hide the images that weren't given any stars. Now I have only the best to do any real work on..

5. Adjustments to WB, exposure, contrast, etc. are done at this stage. Usually in batches either by using the AutoSync function or copying and pasting the adjustments. Cropping for effect/presentaion and straightening are also done at this stage..

6. If any shots need spot editing/retouching, I export those as a PSD and make the changes in Photoshop. I usually then re-import that file into LR and stack it with the original. (I should also mention that you can have virtual copies of any image with different processing. One file on the HD but multiple renditions in LR. Good way to store different crops.).

7. Once all edits are done I can then export print sized JPG's or web sized JPG's from the same files. Or if I choose, I can generate an entire web gallery right from LR. LR aslo has a pretty good print engine from what I have read. I don't print at home so I can't really say..

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Comment #1

Its usually recommended that you sharpen after you've resized your images. Not sure if you do this but if you do, do you import your psds into lightroom after you've resized and sharpened them or do you sharpen them before you resize them?.

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Comment #2

I find that the JPG's LR exports are sharp enough for my tastes. I seldom sharpened print sized JPG's anyway. But did use to sharpen as a last step when creating web sized JPG's..

I do apply some sharpening to the RAW file in LR..

Any PSD's are at full resolution. They are like a second generation negative. If I make reduced files from them I may or may not do more sharpening. It depends on how much the reduction softened things..

Ziggy25 wrote:.

Its usually recommended that you sharpen after you've resized yourimages. Not sure if you do this but if you do, do you import yourpsds into lightroom after you've resized and sharpened them or do yousharpen them before you resize them?.

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ChefZiggy wrote:.

I find that the JPG's LR exports are sharp enough for my tastes. Iseldom sharpened print sized JPG's anyway. But did use to sharpen asa last step when creating web sized JPG's..

I do apply some sharpening to the RAW file in LR..

Any PSD's are at full resolution. They are like a second generationnegative. If I make reduced files from them I may or may not do moresharpening. It depends on how much the reduction softened things..

I save the PSDs after resizing and sharpening them. Maybe I should consider saving them at full resolution and sharpening them when I need to use them..

I think your approach is better because with my approach, once I resize the psd and save it and get out of photoshop I loose the changes history and thus have no way to revert back to the original resolution unless I reprocess the original file..

Thanks for the tip..

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Comment #4

Merlin403 wrote:.

Please describe your post processing workflow..

Right now I shoot exclusively in RAW. I like to copy all thepictures from my camera into a folder on my desktop where they areautomatically imported into Adobe Lightroom..

From there, I rename all raw files to .dng and then copy them into a2nd folder where they will be permanently stored..

With Lightroom's import feature you can have LR not only import the files but create the DNG files and copy them to your backup destination all in one go directly from the camera..

I typically plug in the firewire or USB port, or put the CF card in the reader and open Lightroom up and select the options I want for importing the files, making a backup destination and metadata. It will take a while to chug through a few hundred images but I still have saved myself time in making copies here and there..

I do all post imagine processing in Adobe Photoshop CS3 (I realize Icould just use Photoshop/Bridge to rename my files but I findLightroom easier ... just as I could use Lightroom to make allimmediate corrections)..

I have heard that Nikon Capture NX is a better program to use for RAWediting then ACR but does it allow auto import? Also, is itnecessary to save files as .dng (I know it's not NECESSARY but doyou)?.

Thanks in advance ....

I save my files as DNG because they take up less space. Often I find that the file sizes are about half as large as my original raw files. They have the same amount of information in them... just in a smaller size..

From a workflow standpoint, I go through and make a preliminary selection of my "must keep" images and give them a star rating. Then I ask someone else (my assistant or partner) to go through the images and give a star rating to the images they think I should keep and edit without touching the ones I have preselected. I find this is a lot easier than having to decide for myself which of my own images I'd like to keep. I'm biased... I want to keep them all. Having someone else do that work saves time in the long run..

Then I edit the selected images in lightroom and output TIFF. Then I do deeper edits in CS3. Once the finish product is established I output the JPEGs for review and printing (convert to sRGB and upload to photo lab using ROES).TANK.

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Comment #5

I must be one of the very few people on this forum who does not convert to DNG and who actually likes the concept of xmp sidecar files (although it took a while to come around). I can see no benefit in converting to DNG. The files are no smaller than my CR2 files and I am not worried about future software being able to open them. How are you certain that all the useful date contained in the RAW files is being written into the DNG file without any corruption or interpretation error..

I transfer my photos directly from the camera (most people seem to use card readers) into my primary storage location on by hard drive. I file all photos in dated order such as 2008_04_02_At the beach. I then import into Lighroom and do all my edits and store the edit instructions on the infamous xmp sidecar files. I then create some low resolution jpegs for viewing on the web. If I want to print at home I will print from my raw files and if I print outside I will create full resolution jpeg files. I very rarely use photoshop these days..

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Comment #6

Why do you bother to rename your files. Set your camera to continuos file numbering and they will always be different and you never eed rename them. Unless you want to.Jules.

Merlin403 wrote:.

Please describe your post processing workflow..

Right now I shoot exclusively in RAW. I like to copy all thepictures from my camera into a folder on my desktop where they areautomatically imported into Adobe Lightroom..

From there, I rename all raw files to .dng and then copy them into a2nd folder where they will be permanently stored..

I do all post imagine processing in Adobe Photoshop CS3 (I realize Icould just use Photoshop/Bridge to rename my files but I findLightroom easier ... just as I could use Lightroom to make allimmediate corrections)..

I have heard that Nikon Capture NX is a better program to use for RAWediting then ACR but does it allow auto import? Also, is itnecessary to save files as .dng (I know it's not NECESSARY but doyou)?.

Thanks in advance ....

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Comment #7

Merlin403 wrote:.

From there, I rename all raw files to .dng and then copy them into a2nd folder where they will be permanently stored..

Does this make the file a .DNG file? I dont think renaming a file is the same as converting. Maybe someone can clarify this? Would renaming a .cr2 file to a .dng actually make it a dng file?.

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Comment #8

I've rolled the counter over on a couple of cameras. So yeah..

I also have LR rename and store mine according to date order plus the camera's sequential number. NEVER a possibility of a duplicate..

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Comment #9

I've got lots of duplicates on my PC, makes life more fun! Lol.Jules.

ChefZiggy wrote:.

I've rolled the counter over on a couple of cameras. So yeah..

I also have LR rename and store mine according to date order plus thecamera's sequential number. NEVER a possibility of a duplicate..

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