Welcome to week 4 of…
Last week we shared how having a great editing system can save you hours and allow you to RECLAIM YOUR LIFE!
Not only did we share testimonies from photographers who have adopted our lightning-fast editing system (and cut down their editing time by HOURS) but we shared a few of our top five Post-Production Productivity Tips. If you missed it, you can read last week’s newsletter HERE.
We have an insanely fast editing process that allows us to download, cull, edit, retouch and upload ALL the shots from approximately a 3,500 image shoot (& deliver 600-900 finals to the client) in just 2.5 hours or LESS.
We know that sounds nuts, BUT, we promise you, it can be done! It is all about creating an incredible system for your editing process because we know that SYSTEMS can give us FREEDOM.
So, what are the steps in this system?
Having a great system involves simple and practical steps to follow. When you utilize our system which is based on HOW you shoot and the MENTALITY that you edit with, you can achieve a workflow that can save you 50-75% of your editing time! Does that sound awesome, or what?!
So let’s dive right in to 3 more keys that will help speed up your editing!
Post-Production Productivity Tip #3: Consistent Shooting
Shooting with Consistency = Speed in Editing
So many photographers ask us what the secret to editing so fast is, and I always say that the FIRST thing you have to do is shoot consistently! Because of digital photography, and our ability to see the images and tweak them as we go, we all end up in this bad habit of changing our settings almost as fast as we shoot them. But when you shoot your images as consistent as possible, you can edit extremely fast!
When you are in post and you have to adjust EACH images exposure by hand, that can be very time consuming. When you have groups of images that are all shot EXACTLY the same (even if slightly underexposed or overexposed), you only need adjust the FIRST image in that series and apply to all. Boom! You’re done!
As long as your image is not TOO dark or too bright, then LEAVE IT ALONE.
Follow these shooting tips and you will see your editing time start to speed up drastically!
1. Shoot on manual as often as possible
2. Use a reflector when shooting in close on your subjects (this saves you time from dodging light into their eyes in post!)
3. If your images are in the safe zone of exposure (check your histogram to do this!), DON’T adjust your camera!! (See step #5 on this blog post to see what a safely exposed histogram looks like)
Post-Production Productivity Tip #4: Keep It Simple
Have you ever gone back and looked at image archives from the winners of big photo competitions from 5 years back? We dare you to do it. We used to show some of these in our Post-production workshop, and let us tell you – they were laughable at best.
All these images were very cool when they were over-edited back then, but now, some can be embarrassing! We personally want our images to stand the test of time (who doesn’t?), so it is our goal to be great photographers first, and not great Photoshop-tographers.
We look at editing as the icing on the cake, and not as the base of our style and look. The great benefit to this, is our workflow is sped up since we are not over doing it with our 12-step-action-pack in Photoshop, and our clients’ images will be timeless (minus their hair styles & clothing .
Keep it simple!!
During our live webinar next Monday, we will be sharing practical tips on how to keep your editing simple (especially when you have the temptation of so many tools at your fingertips to do all of these fancy tweaks)!
Post-Production Productivity Tip #5: Fast & Efficient Culling
This will change your life.
Our final tip involves a video freebie for you!
After polling you all on our Facebook Fan Page, you told us that one of your biggest editing time-suckers is culling through your images!!
We have a great and SIMPLE system to share with you on how you can easily cut just your culling time in HALF (if not more)… and RECLAIM YOUR LIFE!
Enjoy a nugget from our latest video workshop releasing NEXT week – IN-CAMERA: Post | The Lightning-Fast Post-Production System.
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1. Practice shooting with more consistency (with lighting, color, exposure and cropping in-camera) and trust your histogram! If the histogram says you have a correct exposure then you do!
2. Stop using multiple editing programs and actions and START using one simple system like Lightroom.
3. Tune into our LIVE and FREE webinar next Monday at 12 noon CT (Sept 30th) as we kick off the final week of #RECLAIMYOURLIFE Month!
…How to decipher what is best for you and your business
…How to increase efficiency on tasks that slow you down
…We will be answering your questions
…We will also have a special offer at the end that will help solve your editing time-sucking problems.
Register for the webinar here to ensure your spot – space is limited.
Have a fabulous week!!
PS. See you Monday at the LIVE webinar! Make sure you reserve your seat as seating is limited!
PPS. Don’t forget to share this webinar with a friend!