Workflow Friday: Jeff Revell
This week we welcome photographer, photowalker, and all around great guy, Jeff Revell of PhotoWalkPro. You can find out more about Jeff by visiting his blog or by reading his P&P Blogger Profile. Thanks for sharing with us this week Jeff!
My Photoshop workflow changed substantially when I started using Lightroom as part of my process. Writing a photography blog means that I am working with images on an almost daily basis, constantly making small changes and then preparing them for upload. Here is how my process goes.
Since I download most of my images using Lightroom, they are ready to browse using the Library panel. I try and keyword my images as I import them so that I can quickly get to the group of images that suit my need and then narrow down to the specific image I am looking for.
Once found, it’s time for some fine-tuning in the Develop panel. I try not to get to heavy into my processing so I generally start by adjusting the Color Balance, Exposure, and Black levels and maybe a bit of Fill Light.
From there, I boost the clarity a bit (my favorite slider) and then check the image to see if it can’t benefit from a little bit of Vibrance.
From there I move on to the Tone Curve pallet to do some contrast adjustments as well as improving the shadows and highlights just a bit.
It’s at this point that I usually decide if the image needs some localized adjustments using the Adjustment Brush. I tend to go way overboard to start with because it makes it easy to see all of the areas that I am affecting and then pull back on the sliders until it looks just right.
Finally I hit the Detail panel to add some sharpness. I almost always shoot RAW and that means that every image is going to require some level of sharpening.
My final step is to export the image to my Blog folder so that it is ready to upload. I have created a custom export setting that has been created to specifically handle blog images. The image is set to go to a specific folder. I have a custom naming convention set up to apply the letters “sm” to the end of each file name so I know it is a smaller version. I export in JPG at 80% quality with the color space set to sRGB for good web viewing. I resize to 800×800 pixels so that it will proportionally shrink my images. Finally, it set to open the folder when the export is done so I can check the finished product.
The real key for me is to have things set up to move quickly so that I can spend more time writing and less time having to actually work in Photoshop. I still love Photoshop for my unique processing requirements but for the daily grind, Lightroom is my application of choice.
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