I was lucky enough to have a fellow photographer in the area interview me for his blog, you can check it out here: Out Of Chicago Blog: Interview with Christopher F.  Chris is a great photographer and his blog has some great information for anyone, but especially Chicago-based photographers.  Chris asked one question about workflow and it made me think that I should elaborate a little more and really ask others about their workflow.  I have no where near perfect workflow, in fact, it is really more sporadic.  I like to use the term “feel”, like you have to feel if you need to use certain things like sharpening or noise reduction or HDR.

My Basic workflow starts out on import with Adobe Bridge, I use this to organize my folders, done by date and/or event.  I then import into Lightroom with my normal metadata (copyright, etc.).  I use Lightroom to process my raws, where depending on the post-processing I am going for (HDR vs. Normal) I will either:

– For HDR just white balance adjustment and lens correction
– For non-HDR adjust those plus blacks and possibly others if I “feel” it is lacking in some areas.

From there it is dependent on the shot, a HDR gets exported to Photomatix, a normal shot gets exported to Photoshop.  I try to always stack the edits after each program back in Lightroom, so you can see your work as you are going along.  Here is where the “feel” term comes in, I never sharpen my images, well can’t say never, rarely, amazingly the D3000 on a tripod is sharp, and I have a heavy tripod so it is sturdy.  Noise reduction is only used when the sky gets a little fuzzy after HDR processing.  The main thing I adjust is levels.  Just go for the look you want, you need to know before hand because that really determines where you are going with it.  Cinema look, black and white, etc?  They all take different steps and different thought process.  The things I know is don’t be afraid to play around with looks, there are some amazing things you can do, but don’t go too far as in to take away from the actual shots you have taken.

An oldy but a goody!: