Pre-Editing Prep

It may be a little early in my editing game to be writing this post but I'm going to do it anyway. I'll write an updated post much later when I have more experience with the platforms that I use but for now you can read this one : ).

Editing is a tricky thing. It takes a VERY long time and there are so many platforms to choose from. The most commonly used ones are probably Adobe products like Lightroom and Photoshop. I'll get into Lightroom and Photoshop in a future post but for now I just want to talk about what you need to properly START editing photographs. If you're like me, you don't have a MAC. Therefore, the colors probably aren't perfect and you probably don't have a ton of extra space to upload 1000+ pictures after shooting a wedding.

So, step number one, before you even start doing anything is to calibrate your computer screen so that you are editing and seeing the proper colors on your screen. I noticed that while I was editing some of the wedding pictures that the whites looked a bit purple-ish. I knew my white balance was on auto in camera so that wasn't the problem. After editing it for a while I got tired of trying to balance the greens and purples and finally decided that maybe that wasn't the problem. I went to my adjustments on my control panel for my laptop and calibrated the screen and boom! My whites were white and everything else fell into place as well. When you're giving images to a client they want the pictures to be edited properly so MAKE SURE your screen is calibrated to its proper coloring before you even decide to upload any images to any platforms.

Numero dos. Buy some type of back up system. You NEED this and you'll be sorry if you don't get one. It doesn't have to be super expensive, just a simple external hard drive that can be used to store all of your images. In the event that your computer crashes with all of your images uploaded on them and then you've deleted them from your memory card, your done. There's no getting them back and now you don't even have backups. I bought a "My Passport," Western Digital external hard drive and it works great. I will of course upgrade to something like a Drobo when I have more weddings under my belt but until then, it works great for me. Note:  I upload my memory cards to the external hard drive FIRST. Then to my laptop.

The third step is to NOT delete the images off of your memory card YET. I didn't delete anything from any memory cards until I checked and made sure that they were ALL uploaded to my external hard drive and my laptop as well. It would be a disaster if your uploads went awry and you've now deleted your memory cards too.  

The fourth step is to, duh, upload the images! I use Lightroom as my primary editing platform and Photoshop as the second. I only use Photoshop to straighten out my pictures, not to edit them. Having a picture be the best it can be in camera can save HOURS of work. I tried to remember that as much as I could while I was shooting but I still had to straighten out a few. After the first three steps are done, I'd say you are in the clear, you can then start editing. Ill get into specifics about how I set up my catalogs in Lightroom and all that other techy stuff in the near future. For now..

Happy Monday!