I have developed this workflow through the years and believe me when I say I've tried it all. I'm a heavy Lightroom and Photoshop user, but these applications are left out here since they are too obvious and since the most of you folks probably use them already.
Let's start from the beginning of my workflow – that is after I return from assignment and have hundreds/thousands of photos that I need to start working with. This is how it usually proceeds. Let's dig in.
Photo Mechanic for Culling
The first step when coming back from an assignment is to import my photos to my iMac. For this, I use Photo Mechanic – an app commonly used by sports photographers to fill their need for fast culling and delivery of images.
Its benefits except for speed when culling is how easy it is to apply keywords.
You probably wonder why I do not import them directly into Lightroom. The two main reasons are…
- The total time it takes to walk through all the images is much less. Also, you will get a better flow since the images are loaded instantly instead of that annoying delay you have in Lightroom.
- The much cleaner environment in Lightroom, since the photos imported are just the “keepers”.
There are a lot more than this that makes Photo Mechanic a must, but I'll save that for another post where I can be more precise.
Photo Mechanic is $150 for a single license that can be used on up to 3 different computers.
PFixer for Binding Shortcuts in Lightroom
PFixer is a keyboard tool for Lightroom that lets you bind up pretty much everything. Like Photo Mechanic above, PFixer saves seconds that adds up to minutes and then hours.
Edit a photo in Lightroom with PFixer shortcuts is amazingly fast. It takes only a couple of seconds per photo, and during these seconds I have adjusted exposure, contrast, sharpness and more… and selected a VSCO preset too.
For the obsessed gadget nerd there is some hardware you can buy where you have knobs instead of buttons, but for me, the keyboard is just enough.
- Universal Pocket Remote Control for DAWs, Instruments, Effects and Lighting applications
- Features Mackie Control* emulation mode for seamless integration with every compatible music production software
- Long-wearing 60-mm master fader
- Dual-Layer mode for quick change between DAW and instrument control
- Pre-configured control elements for instant operation out of the box
- Total-recall, cascadable desktop MIDI controller with analog feel and intuitive user interface
- 8 ultra-precise, 100-mm, motorized faders for ultimate control of virtual mixers, organ-drawbars (inverse mode) or virtual synths and samplers
- 4 virtual groups with 8 dual-mode, high-resolution encoders that feature LED rings and an additional push function
- 16 + 4 illuminated buttons freely assignable to all types of MIDI functions from note on/off, control change and program change to MMC and system exclusive data
- All panel elements freely assignable-manually or via user-friendly learn mode
This product has a quite long learning curve, but when you get used to it you will save time… a lot of time.
PFixer is $99.99 for a single license and is Mac only. They also offer a limited CORE version for $29.99.
Folio Albums for Ordering Products
These guys are amazing. The best customer service ever, and the BEST products for your clients. They have a verity of stunning products that simply stands out.
What Products Do I Offer To My Clients?
USB stick with your logo in a stunning box – This is how I deliver my work. Photos, slideshows etc. they all goes into the USB. When the client opens the box they see the “key” with my logo on it. The clients are blown away by the quality.
Prints on Fine Art paper – The look and feel of these Fine Art prints are amazing. You have to see and feel it for you to fully understand.
Folio Albums are exclusively for professional photographers and their collection is not available unless you create an account.
Depends on fabric, if you want a logo in front/back and so forth.
The prices are high, but that is something I can take since I want my brand to stand for quality. I suggest you create an account today.
Shootproof for Delivery
How do you let your client review your work? What if you could have a Lightroom plugin where you upload your images and within minutes you have a gallery that you can share with your clients. The good news is that you can!
Shootproof makes it easy to upload your completed images and decide what your client should be able to do with them.
Shootproof is free for up to 100 photos then it ranges from $10 for 1500 images up to $60 for a unlimited number of photos.
Trello for Planning
Trello is a project collaboration app(web based). As photographer it's perfect for planning my assignments. The idea is that you have Lists containing Cards. Think of it as a whiteboard where you have columns, and for each assignment you have a Post-It note containing info about the assignment. When the task is done, you move the Post-It(assignment) to the next column(List).
Trello is free, though it has Gold and Business Class subscriptions for more advanced features.
FotoMagico for Slideshows
For every wedding I shoot, I'm desperate in doing a photo slideshow.
Until quite recently I used Lightroom to do my slideshows, but I was very limited and felt that these slideshows could be so much better.
Then I found FotoMagico. Easy to use and features that make it really quick to produce your slideshow.
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