Saturday, May 2, 2009

This Weekend: Editing, editing and editing

This month business is ramping up for me as I prepare to shoot back to back weddings on the same weekend, as well as several sessions with models donning Auraria campus merchandise.

Beginning today, I plan to close myself off from the outside world as I've got about 1,000 images to process and edit, including shots taken from Julie H.'s bridal fitting earlier this week (see shot above), the dinner and concert held at Tivoli Student Union on Sunday, and my nephew's birthday party (which I had been putting off while I finished editing paid assignment.) If I stay under too long, someone may have to come yank me out (although I fully intend to take a break so I can go play cards at my monthly bid whist game)!


Lisa Piellusch said...

Have fun with all of the editing. :) I'm drowning in it myself. I take so many personal photos too, that I end up getting really behind with those because I need to do client edits first. I think I'm going to get Lightroom to help with my workflow, as there has to be a way to speed things up! (and of course I'm stubborn and am shooting only in RAW all of the time, which does add to the processing time. I love the flexibility thought)

-- Lisa P.

Sheba Wheeler said...

Hey there Lisa. I know exactly what you mean. I am notorious for taking waaaaay too many images. It's similar to my reporting style...I do too many interviews, then I'm left with 30 pages of notes for a 15 inch news article! I only shoot in RAW now too but I love having all of the creative possibility at my fingertips. I haven't started using Lightroom yet but everyone keeps telling me I just HAVE TO! Let me know if you like working in it.

Lisa Piellusch said...

I'm curious....did you get as much editing done as you were hoping to? I know I didn't this weekend.

I forgot to ask, what are you using as your main editing software? I'm currently only using Adobe Photoshop Elements but am seriously considering upgrading to CS4 (in addition to adding Lightroom to the workflow).

-- Lisa P.

Sheba Wheeler said...

I did Lisa! I can't believe it either, considering I think I have the flu, but I finished all of my editing of both the bridal fitting and the community awards dinner. Smugmug is broken right now, but when it comes back up I will post links and you can tell me what you think of the images.

I use CS3. I do most of my editing in Camera RAW, synchronizing as many global changes as possible to make the editing process faster, such as WB, presets, noise reduction etc. etc. Then when I open the image in CS3, all I have to do is final stuff such as close up work and details such as Curve adjustments, burning and dodging, healing and other type of portrait work.

I haven't started using Lightroom yet. I still feel like I've only scratched the surface with CS3! But I hope to incorporate Lightroom later. For right now, I get everything I need from CS3.

As far as editing, I get up early in the morning to edit, then go to work at the newsroom, then come home and edit. If that doesn't work and I'm too busy at the "day job" then I'm stuck editing all day Saturday and Sunday. It's definitely hard trying to figure out how to schedule the two.

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