The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow


The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow


Lesson Info

Entering Metadata in Lightroom®

Let's continue along, and go into entering metadata. So, you know, we did basic metadata when we imported our images. But, let's say it's more specific, and I'm gonna expand this and get rid of some stuff just so we can see the metadata. So let's just say all these images of Tony, I'm gonna go in here and maybe I'm gonna add more specific stuff like sub location Creative Live Studio and city of Seattle and you'll notice it's writing it out to the images pretty fast, there's not that many images. But, it's still pretty fast, and it's the United States of America. Enter. And you see I've already got all this copyright stuff in there. And I can actually, this is an idea, we can share my copyright template with everybody, so they can download it and import it, into lightroom or Photoshop, and use it. It's just a something, you know, it's got my email in there it's got my website info. I actually, also, enter my website copyright info in the camera as well, that can't be deleted out of the ...

camera, out of the image file. Cause this can be deleted And then I might add captions here, so, posing for a portrait at Creative Live. It's nice to spell things correctly here. In Seattle, Washington. So this is like who, what, when, where, basic photojournalist stuff. So something like that. And this way, this is searchable as well. So down the road, if I am looking for images and I am looking in my entire hard drive of images, I can go up here to the metadata or the attributes, or the text, and I can select the Creative Live and only the images I've shot for Creative Live This is something we did last year with Kye Latner for Red Bull. You know, Tony's here, I could type in Tony, I could type in, so other images are showing up now. These are all shot last year for Creative Live. So, I can find really quickly. And I can even type in, like, Washington oops, I hit the caps lock key there. So these will be the images at Creative Live in Washington. I can go up here to Attributes and I can find only the three star images, and I can even go up here to metadata and find only the images shot with the certain lens or even at a certain aperture or shutter speed if I really wanted to get deep into it. But this is really, I mean, it doesn't seem like a big deal when you only have a few hundred or a few thousand images in your catalog, but when you start to have ten thousand or twenty thousand or a million images in your catalog that extra five to ten minutes you spend putting metadata in can really make your life a lot easier and for a lot of my clients, when they ask me like I was saying earlier, images of Hawaii at Peyat Pehayi. That's what I do, I just select the entire catalog search for those, and I might even look just for tiffs, because I don't want to look at all the raw files I want to look at the master tiff files and just look at those and I can pick and choose and in five minutes I can have a submission made to that client, so that they see what's going on, or what the images I have of that subject matter.

Class Description

Setting up a practical and efficient workflow with your photography feels like a daunting part of your business. Internationally recognized photographer Michael Clark introduces you to techniques to allow you more time to shoot the images you want. His workflow philosophy is that you must first know how you are going to edit the image in post production to know how you need to shoot it.

In this class Michael teaches:

  • Best practices for a shooting workflow from setting up your camera to histograms and exposure
  • How to clean the sensor on your DSLR camera
  • Color management workflow including your work environment and monitor calibration
  • An overview of Lightroom® and multiple ways to speed up your workflow including file folder and batch naming as well as metadata and archival processes
  • Techniques to finalizing your images in Photoshop® with basic adjustments and retouching
  • Making fine art prints, choosing your printer, paper, understanding ICC profiles, and much more!

Michael covers everything you need to know in order to streamline your post production workflow in Lightroom® and Photoshop® and best practices for printing your art at home. Digital photography is far more complicated than shooting film ever was. Knowing the best practices for a digital workflow will make you a better photographer.


1Class Introduction
2Shooting Workflow: Set-up The Camera
3Shooting Workflow: Histograms and Exposure
4Shooting Workflow: Sensor Cleaning
5Overview of Color Management
6Color Management: Monitor
7Color Management: Workspace
8Color Management: Monitor Calibration
9Color Management: Do I Need This?
10Introduction to Lightroom®
11Download & Import Images With Lightroom®
12Lightroom® Preferences
13Six Ways to Speed-up Lightroom®
14To DNG or Not to DNG?
15A Logical Editing Process in Lightroom®
16File & Folder Naming in Lightroom®
17Batch Renaming in Lightroom®
18Entering Metadata in Lightroom®
19Managing Images in Lightroom®
20Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom®
21Lightroom® Develop Module
22Sharpening, Chromatic Aberration & Vignetting in Lightroom®
23Graduated Filters & Spot Tool in Lightroom®
24Converting images to Black & White in Lightroom®
25Creating Panoramas in Lightroom
26Creating HDR Images in Lightroom®
27Lightroom® to Photoshop® Workflow
28Export Images to Photoshop®
29Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Basic Adjustments
30Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Retouching
31Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Saving Master Files
32Make Fine Art Prints: The Cost
33Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Printers
34Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Papers
35Make Fine Art Prints: Understand ICC Profiles
36Make Fine Art Prints: Sharpen Image
37Printing From Photoshop®
38Printing From Lightroom®
39Compare Monitor to Physical Prints
40Printing Black & White Image
41Extended Workflow: Back Up Images
42Extended Workflow: Storage Options
43Extended Workflow: Archiving Images
44Submitting images to Clients
45Prepping Images for Social Media
46Alternative Workflows
47Final Q&A