On my previous post (I’d recommend reading it first if you haven’t) I walked you through my personal process to edit a large group of images into a more manageable portfolio.
Now is the time to enhance and fine-tune those “final” photos. I’m really lucky; I learned photography shooting 35mm slides, and I started my professional career shooting architecture on 4x5 slides. So, I was trained to properly compose and expose on camera. I also prefer to spend more time behind the camera and less time in front of the computer, so I do very little, if any, retouching on my images.
• When possible, and depending on the situation, I shoot my ColorChecker Passport on location. That allows me to quickly set my custom white balance.
• I always work with a Custom White Balance.
• If I am shooting in a controlled lighting situation, I create a Custom Camera Profile with the Passport’s included software
• “Delete” is a good word.
• Learn how to differentiate between “personal favorites” vs. “commercially viable” images.
• Add keywords and captions as soon as possible. Otherwise, you won’t do it. That “next weekend” with tons of free time will never arrive. Trust me.
• Working with a photo editor is a great investment! It is almost as important as having a great accountant.
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