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Am looking for some advice on processing my digital photos. up until recently i've been doing basic clean up, renaming, cropping but now find the need to go that extra step..

What do you do when your post processing your digital photos?.

Do you sharpen, tone adjustments, add a frame, color adjustment, resize? and in what order does this all happen?.

In the future, I will be shooting in raw and as after a few years i'm beginning to see the benefits..

And how do you organize your photos? I use lots of folders with specific names..

Any help would be great, thanks!own a D70s and I have a lot to learn ..

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Liquidmonkey1 wrote:.

Am looking for some advice on processing my digital photos. up untilrecently i've been doing basic clean up, renaming, cropping but nowfind the need to go that extra step..

What do you do when your post processing your digital photos?do you sharpen, tone adjustments, add a frame, color adjustment,resize? and in what order does this all happen?.

Since I use PScs3 with layers for all adjustments the order is really not that important. I can turn layers on and off (or reorder) to see the effect of color, exposure, styles, etc, each by themselves or any combination. I do however crop after making these other adj but sometimes use smart objects for my image and this allows me to go back and recrop or resize. Many times I keep the original size and only crop and resize temporarily before I print depending upon the print size I want. So my original is in a psd file and my temps are in a jpg..

In the future, I will be shooting in raw and as after a few years i'mbeginning to see the benefits..

And how do you organize your photos? I use lots of folders withspecific names..

I use folders also but have been considering more key words placed into the image file. It just seems like alot of work getting those keywords in since they are ones like, people names, places, birthday, holidy, etc..

Any help would be great, thanks!own a D70s and I have a lot to learn ..

Comment #1

Quick easy post processing steps with Elements 2.0 & other sw without using layers.For those new to digital.

Post Processing - without Layersfor "Keepers" - for highest quality.

File > open jpeg.

"save as" uncompressed tiff.

Crop.

Resize - image size.

Enhanse (your numbers may vary)Brightness +5Contrast -5adjust color Saturation +5.

Filter - sharpen - unsharp mask 125 - 0.5 - 1the 125 amount is variable.

"save as" uncompressed tiff with NEW FILE NAMEmakes new file & prevents overwriting & changing your original.

"Save as" #12 jpeg same new file namesome sw uses 10, some 100 as highest quality jpeg.

Why save as tiff....

I developed the practice from the raw workflow from the Raw vs Jpeg article on Luminous Landscape. Raw converted to tiff .....I figured Jpeg converted to tiff gives me a permenant loseless file as my original negative that I keep for future possible use....yes, the workflow is definately usable without the tiff conversion but I personally like to keep my unaltered original as an uncompressed tiff. Of course this is for "keepers" only...Bill,JrFor snap shots and such I would not do the save as tiff step..

'I kind of like the Earth, it's where I keep all my Stuff.'Website; http://www.pbase.com/wboth125 Lake Wylie, SC..

Comment #2

There isn't a standard workflow, other than the fact that before printing or uploading a photo, it might need work done. I have no specific order, but here's always a couple things I do near the beginning or end..

Beginning: remove noiseEnd: Sharpening, framing, converting color spaces, resizing.

Personally, if you don't need to do a step, don't do it. Saves time and work. I also use lots of folders...

Comment #3

What are the benefits of resizing before making any changes to the image?I usually edit the image then resize it..

Wboth125 wrote:.

Quick easy post processing steps with Elements 2.0 & other sw withoutusing layers.For those new to digital.

Post Processing - without Layersfor "Keepers" - for highest quality.

File > open jpeg.

"save as" uncompressed tiff.

Crop.

Resize - image size.

Enhanse (your numbers may vary)Brightness +5Contrast -5adjust color Saturation +5.

Filter - sharpen - unsharp mask 125 - 0.5 - 1the 125 amount is variable.

"save as" uncompressed tiff with NEW FILE NAMEmakes new file & prevents overwriting & changing your original.

"Save as" #12 jpeg same new file namesome sw uses 10, some 100 as highest quality jpeg.

Why save as tiff...I developed the practice from the raw workflow from the Raw vs Jpegarticle on Luminous Landscape. Raw converted to tiff .....I figuredJpeg converted to tiff gives me a permenant loseless file as myoriginal negative that I keep for future possible use....yes, theworkflow is definately usable without the tiff conversion but Ipersonally like to keep my unaltered original as an uncompressedtiff. Of course this is for "keepers" only...Bill,JrFor snap shots and such I would not do the save as tiff step..

'I kind of like the Earth, it's where I keep all my Stuff.'Website; http://www.pbase.com/wboth125 Lake Wylie, SC..

Comment #4

Ziggy25 wrote:.

What are the benefits of resizing before making any changes to theimage?I usually edit the image then resize it..

I do that too, I don't think there's really any benefits, but that's just me...

Comment #5

Liquidmonkey1 wrote:.

And how do you organize your photos?.

I humbly offer you my contributions to this thread:http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1018&message=26343718.

Where I hope you will find some ideas..

I use lots of folders withspecific names..

If by "specific names" you mean you are organising your photos by subject, or event, or somesuch, rather than by date, I think this is not a good idea unless you are a pro and you need to organise by client..

For the rest of us, I believe date is the way to go, as I describe in the thread above. Plus cataloguing software such as Photoshop Elements..

If you start out organising by subject, you will (IMHO) find this system collapsing under it's own weight as you take more and more pohotos over the years...

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