Exporting your photos for client/ portfolio/ print
In this lesson, we're going to talk about exporting all your photos. I'm so excited because this is the part where you are done with your photos, right? And we are ready to export them. Now, let's talk about exporting uh the photos we're gonna do, we're gonna do three things. We're gonna talk about exporting the photos for your clients. We're gonna talk about exporting photos for your portfolio, um exporting photos for your social media. And then um I wanna go quickly into how you would print a photo. We're not going to spend a ton of time but how you would kinda start that and we're going to do all this from lightroom. So in general, right, we're done editing and we're ready to deliver to our clients. So we're gonna go to our library window in lightroom. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna hit command a. This is the way I do it just because my brain works this way. Command A to select everything inside that particular uh collection. Now, what I do is in my final edits that I've created...
a collection set is I'm going to export every one of these uh collections as their own because that's how I deliver and upload to my client. I don't like putting everything in one big folder mostly because when I'm delivering the clients, they will have the ability to share just the formal photos or get to just the black and whites or, or get to just the portraits. Um When you have them all in one big folder, when you're delivering online, it's, it's cool because you can see everything in one folder. But I think long term down the, down the road when you're trying to get to something, it's a little bit harder and you have to sift through all this stuff. Um So each one's a collection, each one will be exported. So we're gonna go to the wedding edits and again, we'll hit command a everything is selected inside that collection. I'm gonna go up to file export and here is this uh dialogue. I always look at the top, it says export 260 files. I make sure that that matches with over here the collections 260. So we're good, always good to double check yourself. Then we're gonna go down to export to a specific folder. This is very specific choose and we will go to uh the wedding. So we're gonna go to the hard drive, we're gonna go to photography. That's where I put my stuff. Rachel and Michael and I've already created an like I've already done this before. So we're running through again. But I create, I put new folder and create exports like final exports or exports like everything I'm gonna put into it and I'm gonna make its own folder. So we'll click exports, choose that one. And this is where I distinguish the collection put into a sub folder and we're gonna name it the same thing. We named our collection M plus R. It's Michael and Rachel Wedding edits and that's gonna be a folder that it's gonna create for these particular photos within where I directed it before the exports. That way everything's there. And every time I do another collection, we will do another sub folder. So we'll do a black and white subfolder, a dinner and dance subfolder. Formal photo subfolder. Something to think about is as long as your photos uh the clock on your cameras. If you're shooting with two cameras are precise, they will be in order. So you don't have to worry about ordering them correctly. If they're not in order, you can rename them to uh be a specific name. Like we can name these R plus M um for a custom name and it'll start a sequence at one and it'll be clean right on their website. It'll be R plus one uh or R plus M one, R plus M +1234, which is fine. But you got to keep in mind every time you export a different collection, the sequence may start over and then you might have files with the same name. So I would say in general, if you, if you don't mind it, looking like a lot of numbers, I don't rename the files at all. I just keep them what they were numbered in my camera. It just makes things easier if you have to go back and find something. If there's a mistake somewhere, if, uh, you wanna find a print for them or anything like that, just keeping everything consistent, I think is a fine way of doing it. Um And you know, you can rename what your camera calls your uh files if you want to go into your camera and select those like with your initials or the initials of the wedding, that's part of prepping if you like. Um we're gonna ignore video um file settings. J peg. This is how I deliver photos, J pegs at 100 100 quality. I'm not gonna deliver Photoshop files, tips, I think are just a little too big for what we're doing. Pngs aren't big enough. Dngs are kind of the original and you are um you know, malleable uh digital negatives and the original is gonna be raw without any edits. So we don't wanna do that. We wanna deliver J PGS at 100 quality that'll change for social media, but for 100 quality, that's what we're gonna be doing. Um I stick with Sr GB because that's what we've been editing in. I'm not gonna resize anything. I want them to have the full output of uh of what we're doing, the metadata. I, I just let it all include like you can click these or not click these. It just kind of dependent once they have the J PGS, at least in California. Um they're able to, they own them and they can print them as much as they want and I want them to be able to do that. Um So that's why it's high quality JPEG, no water marking because they've already paid for everything, giving them the full images. Um And then no extra post processing. You can do that if you like, but you don't need to. So very simple, right? Say where they're going uh create a structure. Uh make sure the naming is gonna be their files and export them as JPEG at 100 and then we would click export. I'm not gonna do that because we don't need to export 260 photos right now depending on your computer that may take a while or it may be quickly uh may be quicker if you have a faster computer with RA M and such. Um I'm running off a uh laptop which is a very powerful Macbook Pro Mac chip. It's the newer chip um in 2022. But um this would take it probably take about 15 minutes to export 260 photos at that high, high of standard. So that's not bad. So that being said, if we export again, I'm gonna say these are the same settings for what I'm going to use as a full res portfolio shot. Um If I'm going to sort of create a book or have the full res photos, this is what I would share. So I would just change the fuller to portfolio export at 100. We're fine. That's if I want the full quality photo, if I'm going to put it on social media or Instagram or the website, I would do the same thing. We would decide a different place to go. So we would choose like, you know, socials or whatever and we would actually change uh the quality. Now, I'd keep it at J peg. I keep the color space, but I'm going to bring it down to, I usually do between 6070 percent quality. And the reason being is that it doesn't need to be big, it doesn't need to be printed, it doesn't need to be zoomed in on or pixel peeped or anything like that. It's just going to go on social medias or website and those websites and social medias end up compressing it in a, in a sense. Anyway, um Also, there's a lot of different websites that will only allow you to upload uh you know, 20 megabytes or um five megabytes or 10 megabytes. So this is what you would use to get to that point. Instagram is pretty good at letting you upload anything. Um So is Facebook, it'll dumb it down, but everything will move faster if you bring the quality down and it's really not going to affect it as long as it's going on to social media. If you were going to print something, do not do this, right? Do not use these images at 60 quality. You want to bring them up to 100 if you're going to export and send them to a printer, and I would tell your clients that too to print from the full res JPEG that they have and have it go out. Now, if we were gonna print ourselves from a home printer, uh we weren't gonna send the file to a printer. Lightroom actually has a uh way of doing that. And we would go to let's pick one we're gonna print. Which one did we say we liked? I think we liked our black and whites, this guy and I'm gonna click that and I'm gonna go over the top right and go to print. And this is when a bunch of stuff comes up. Now, right now, I have uh a page template for Instagram and where I'll actually be able to um save this with a crop on Instagram, which I like doing. Um And basically I've created my own template for that with a white background that I can then go down and click under JPEG file and it'll save the JPEG file with the border, which is awesome. But the reason they have this border uh part is because that is meant for printing and you would do that by changing your page set up. Um knowing what printer you're going to and then deciding the size of paper that you're going to do. Um I'd say an A four is probably closer to what we would be printing on if I was making an actual giant print. Um And then I would adjust the margins over here on the right. Um You could make up, make that border that I kind of liked earlier. I think that's pretty cool, but you don't always have to do that. Um It just depends on what you are printing. But no, I just, the, the reason I wanted to show you this was just know that you don't have to print directly from a JPEG um on your desktop. You can do it in lightroom classic and you can create all this fun stuff to help you really hone in what your image is that you're going to print and then you can save these sort of settings. Um Just like we did with the presets, it's a printing preset and you'll be able to save that and um do that for all your prints if you're going to do it yourself. The next thing that we're going to talk about is how to deliver your J PGS online to your client. So let's get into that.