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Old 06-08-2005, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm interested possibly finding a better way to post process images. Let me take you through my workflow.

Pull images from CF card into a folder on my HD.
Use Raw Shooter (RSE) to browse through the images, rating the best ones with RSE.
Open the CR2 file with Adobe PS CS2 and tweak the RAW file (CR2) to my likeing.
Edit the image in PS CS2 (blur, USM, etc).
Save to jpg.
Move the original CR2 file into a nested folder labeled RAW.

Rinse and Repeat.

Is this the most effective way to move through a set of images from a photoshoot?
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I'm not sure why you're using RSE to sort them, and then process the RAW in Photoshop. RSE is a RAW converter and that is its primary purpose.
But in general with CS2 the workflow becomes quite straight forward.
1. Load images to folder on HD.
2. Load Bridge. Select a group of images that were shot in a similar lighting set.
3. Enter the PS CS2 Raw converter. The selected images will be on the side as thumbnails.
4. Do a conversion of a representative image.
5. Select all and do a syncronize. Now all the images have been set up to convert with the same RAW settings you applied to the image in #4
6. Do any cropping and straightening.
7. Open the group in PS CS2 for final post processing.
8. Save processed photos to whereever you want.

The RAW images will all stay in their original location. There is no need to move them around.

I usually delete some photos at the very beginning of the process. Any that are totally messed up go at that point. During step #6 above I use the mark for deletion icon in the CS2 converter for any that I don't want to keep. So I'm doing two stages of deletion.



The images in this example (model Holley) were all done using this workflow. This grouping took about 90 seconds to process using that workflow.

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What crop setting is good? I use 5 x 7 300 dpi.
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There is no set rule on cropping. I don't crop to a format like 5x7 or 8x10. I sometimes just do a completely custom crop to exactly get in the photo what I want for maximum composition. Other times, I set the crop rectangle to 3x2 which is the same as the cameras crop and then draw a rectangle and move it around, etc., until I get the best I can get for the particular image. There are no hard and fast rules. It depends on what you are doing.
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