The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow


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.


Class Introduction
Shooting Workflow: Set-up The Camera
Shooting Workflow: Histograms and Exposure
Shooting Workflow: Sensor Cleaning
Overview of Color Management
Color Management: Monitor
Color Management: Workspace
Color Management: Monitor Calibration
Color Management: Do I Need This?
Introduction to Lightroom®
Download & Import Images With Lightroom®
Lightroom® Preferences
Six Ways to Speed-up Lightroom®
To DNG or Not to DNG?
A Logical Editing Process in Lightroom®
File & Folder Naming in Lightroom®
Batch Renaming in Lightroom®
Entering Metadata in Lightroom®
Managing Images in Lightroom®
Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom®
Lightroom® Develop Module
Sharpening, Chromatic Aberration & Vignetting in Lightroom®
Graduated Filters & Spot Tool in Lightroom®
Converting images to Black & White in Lightroom®
Creating Panoramas in Lightroom
Creating HDR Images in Lightroom®
Lightroom® to Photoshop® Workflow
Export Images to Photoshop®
Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Basic Adjustments
Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Retouching
Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Saving Master Files
Make Fine Art Prints: The Cost
Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Printers
Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Papers
Make Fine Art Prints: Understand ICC Profiles
Make Fine Art Prints: Sharpen Image
Printing From Photoshop®
Printing From Lightroom®
Compare Monitor to Physical Prints
Printing Black & White Image
Extended Workflow: Back Up Images
Extended Workflow: Storage Options
Extended Workflow: Archiving Images
Submitting images to Clients
Prepping Images for Social Media
Alternative Workflows
Final Q&A


  • Michael is a true professional and readily explains all of the nitty gritty issues of a photographer's digital workflow, including important things like Color Management, Lightroom workflows, Printing, and more. He is eager to answer your questions and has a thorough knowledge (after all, he worked with the original engineers at Adobe and wrote a book on it) and passion that he loves to share. He can get way deep into the subject, which I found fascinating. You can tell Michael has great experience in teaching and also likes to learn from his students. He is very authentic, honest, and direct. I highly recommend this class, and look forward to another one of Michael's courses in the future!
  • This is an excellent course. It reinforced what I already knew and enhanced my spotty skills with new knowledge. I really like Michael's explanation of saving the document for print and web and the importance of doing these differently. Using the histogram to show this was terrific. Each session there is some valuable gem.
  • A fantastic course to give you a complete view of the full process of photography. Michael is an awesome instructor, very organized! A clear mind, and an approachable instructor always willing to answer your questions! A must for all photographers!