Time is money and if it’s not, it is still precious. One of the most time consuming aspects of our photographic lives is post production. If we don’t do it, it builds up into a unmanageable mess. If we do do it, it can take large chunks out of our potential shooting time. Whist post production is an necessary evil, there are steps that we can take to speed up our workflow and gain back some of that shooting time. Today we are going to look at some of the things that you can do to speed up post production, some specific to certain apps, some generic, all hopefully, useful.
Importing: Importing can be a drag, especially if you have large cards full of raw files. The quicker you can load them the quicker you can start, so tip number one is get a fast card reader. Many of us plod along with USB 2.0 readers yet buy the best and fastest SD cards. Make the best of your SD cards speed and upgrade to USB 3.0 or even thunderbolt card readers. The speed increase is not huge but its enough to knock a decent amount of time off your download.
Another tip when importing is to add metadata. If you use Lightroom or most other image management apps, you can add predefined data such as copyright details, location and basic, generic keyword upon import. You can also define a template to do this, entering fixed details such as copyright, name and licensing to the template and adding in variables such as keywords when you import.