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The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow

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About The Class

Know how you want to edit before you take the image

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.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    08:17
  2. 02

    Shooting Workflow: Set-up The Camera

    15:43
  3. 03

    Shooting Workflow: Histograms and Exposure

    18:14
  4. 04

    Shooting Workflow: Sensor Cleaning

    32:50
  5. 05

    Overview of Color Management

    17:31
  6. 06

    Color Management: Monitor

    11:49
  7. 07

    Color Management: Workspace

    03:40
  8. 08

    Color Management: Monitor Calibration

    25:52
  9. 09

    Color Management: Do I Need This?

    03:42
  10. 10

    Introduction to Lightroom®

    05:44
  11. 11

    Download & Import Images With Lightroom®

    06:32
  12. 12

    Lightroom® Preferences

    09:09
  13. 13

    Six Ways to Speed-up Lightroom®

    14:02
  14. 14

    To DNG or Not to DNG?

    06:47
  15. 15

    A Logical Editing Process in Lightroom®

    08:56
  16. 16

    File & Folder Naming in Lightroom®

    08:39
  17. 17

    Batch Renaming in Lightroom®

    05:51
  18. 18

    Entering Metadata in Lightroom®

    03:35
  19. 19

    Managing Images in Lightroom®

    07:39
  20. 20

    Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom®

    04:45
  21. 21

    Lightroom® Develop Module

    24:01
  22. 22

    Sharpening, Chromatic Aberration & Vignetting in Lightroom®

    12:34
  23. 23

    Graduated Filters & Spot Tool in Lightroom®

    09:59
  24. 24

    Converting images to Black & White in Lightroom®

    13:01
  25. 25

    Creating Panoramas in Lightroom

    07:46
  26. 26

    Creating HDR Images in Lightroom®

    09:29
  27. 27

    Lightroom® to Photoshop® Workflow

    07:04
  28. 28

    Export Images to Photoshop®

    08:54
  29. 29

    Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Basic Adjustments

    36:49
  30. 30

    Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Retouching

    15:16
  31. 31

    Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Saving Master Files

    09:45
  32. 32

    Make Fine Art Prints: The Cost

    15:37
  33. 33

    Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Printers

    05:23
  34. 34

    Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Papers

    10:14
  35. 35

    Make Fine Art Prints: Understand ICC Profiles

    08:44
  36. 36

    Make Fine Art Prints: Sharpen Image

    18:26
  37. 37

    Printing From Photoshop®

    09:11
  38. 38

    Printing From Lightroom®

    05:07
  39. 39

    Compare Monitor to Physical Prints

    06:33
  40. 40

    Printing Black & White Image

    09:10
  41. 41

    Extended Workflow: Back Up Images

    35:19
  42. 42

    Extended Workflow: Storage Options

    18:32
  43. 43

    Extended Workflow: Archiving Images

    15:55
  44. 44

    Submitting images to Clients

    28:32
  45. 45

    Prepping Images for Social Media

    08:44
  46. 46

    Alternative Workflows

    08:49
  47. 47

    Final Q&A

    19:56

Meet Your Expert

Michael Clark

Michael Clark is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, big-wave surfers and mountain bikers in remote locations around the world.  ... read more

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85% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    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!

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    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.

  • Chris van der Colff

    October 2018

    Michael covers the postproduction workflow in a simple and easy to understand manner. He includes some wonderful tips while explaining his methods. It’s nice to learn from an experienced photographer who breaks things down for both the professional as well as a novice. I have watched this course several times and get something each time. Michael is a great instructor.

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