Been on the move recently therefore that is why you see the lack of posts... Since the beginning of this year it has been a different country (sometimes two) each month. When I arrive back in Japan I'm usually on a local or an out of Tokyo assignment the very next day (jet-lagged or not) followed by a few days off then before I know it, it's off to the airport again. Thankfully I have some local clients that inform of my schedule well ahead of time so that I can manage to sneak out of Japan without having to leave them photographer-less.
Lots of pictures have been made and the pile continues to get larger as you might have already guessed. Still, there is more work to be done and pictures to be made so thanks for bearing with me and stayed tuned for the next one here...
This so-called photography workflow of mine, specifically when working with a wire service, is far from perfect (nor the fastest either). But the way I do it is just the way that I do it.
Ok, here goes...
Whatever I’m done shooting with whether its some fashion event or conference of some sort, I’ll take the cards out of my camera(s) and insert them into my USB 3.0 card reader connected to my 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for the ingest/import process to begin.
I use a software program that myself and nearly every photojournalist swears by called Photo Mechanic. It’s blazing fast and simple to use. I have been using Photo Mechanic for many years and never looked elsewhere.
Once all of my pictures are in I’ll quickly go through and tag (checkmark) the ones I feel are usable without thinking too deeply about them. I’m basically just looking at the subject, composition and focus while leaving out my feelings on how difficult or easy it was to create the shot.
Here I review all tagged pictures from the first edit and carefully color class (in pink) my hero shots that I want to send through. More thought is put into my selections here as these pictures are the ones I think editors would want seeing.
After the second edit is finished I’ll then take all of my hero shots from Photo Mechanic and drag them into Photoshop (or Lightroom depending on my mood) to do some minor exposure, contrast, highlights and shadow adjustments.
Once I finish color correcting all of my images I then export them into JPEG format usually with the above options.
Heading back to Photo Mechanic to view all of my color corrected hero shots (now in JPEG's) I apply a general caption to the images.
Afterwards I go through each image and write a specific caption to describe who and what is happening in the picture. Once that is finished I make a final quick pass through all of the captions I’ve written to ensure there are no grammatical errors. The last thing I would want happening after sending to the wire is having the picture desk issue a correction notice to their clients because of a mistake I’ve made. It looks bad on both the photographer and the agency when this happens so I do my best to pay special attention to detail.
The last and final step of my workflow process. This is how I deliver my edited and captioned pictures and it is basically a simple drag and drop procedure from Photo Mechanic into the FTP software window called Transmit.
So there you have it. It does seem like a time consuming process (which it kind of is) but generally it only takes me 20 minutes or less from ingest to final delivery if I’m sending somewhere between 10-25 final pictures.
I work with many different types of clients and they all have different requirements (the above is just an example for one client) so I’m always interested in how photographers prep and deliver their data. If you feel that you have something worth sharing regarding your photography workflow please do get in touch!
Yeah, I know it has been a while again. It's getting a little dodgy around here on the blog and social media stuff. Blame it on actually living life outside of the online world and one assignment after another up and down and up again in Japan. Haven't been back on the plane since last February but that'll change quite soon actually as I'll be heading to different countries each month all the way through to July. Just wish Korean Air would make it easier for some of us loyal customers to accumulate miles with them but I guess competition must be fierce in the airline industry these days.
Above is a quick shot made with the 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm F1.4 combo. Simple, available light, shoot it how you see it kind of thing. Nothing complicated here to make a snap like this. F-stop and shutter speed details is 1/8000 @ F2, ISO 200. I'd have to say the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 has always been one of my favorite lenses with available light no matter how dark or bright the scene is simply because everything just comes together quite nicely in the picture.