If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the years, it’s how to create an efficient editing workflow. If you don’t have an organized system in place, it becomes really easy to fall behind on editing, get confused about which galleries are due when, and more. Here’s a peek into how we’re able to edit sessions within hours, not days (or weeks).
- Cull Backwards: There’s a method to the madness, friends. If you think about it, while you’re at a photoshoot, you typically put your clients into the pose, then make tweaks until it’s absolutely perfect! This means that in general, the best photos are most likely going to be the last ones that you took. If you keep that in mind for culling your sessions, then starting from the end makes the most sense! You can immediately pick your best photos and then skip over the ones at the beginning of the sequence.
- Use Lightroom: Lightroom is a software that was created specifically for editing large numbers of photos at one time. Batch editing is seriously a lifesaver! Anyway, we recommend that you create a new catalog for every session or wedding for a few reasons. 1) there are fewer photos in the catalog so the software runs a bit faster and 2) if you happen to outsource your editing, most editors ask for a new catalog for each session.
- Create presets: Once you’ve nailed down your editing style, the best way to recreate that consistently is by using presets! We LOVE using Radiant Presets (created by Kelsie & coming soon!) and they allow us to deliver bright, colorful, and true-to-life photos to our clients every time. Plus, you can apply presets upon import in Lightroom which saves you an additional step as well!
If you haven’t already, we recommend writing down your editing workflow to identify any gaps, inconsistencies or areas that you can outsource. If you don’t use a project management system like Asana or Trello, it may be worth checking out as you start to manage more and more clients at one time.