I thought I’d help some fellow wedding photographers and overall photographer workflow processes. Wedding photographer workflow / post production can be time consuming. But I believe that working smarter and not harder helps you deliver a better product and have better attention to detail. Let me elaborate.
Proper ergonomics and really good desk chair-
Don’t skimp on this. Elbow and wrist should be in line when working the mouse. Many would laugh at me for paying $800.00 for a Herman Miller chair. But it’s design helps take weight off my spine and on the back of my legs which helps prevent back problems. Plus I get monthly chiropractic adjustments to ensure proper spine alignment and overall physical health. Wedding and event work is hard on you. Whatever preventative you can do helps in the long run.
Take frequent breaks and get exercise –
Some might say, I can get this knocked out in a couple days if I spend 8 hours a day on it, and get to the next project. It may work for some. But I recommend taking frequent breaks and getting proper exercise. Why be a slave to desk work? In the end, physical activity and exercise makes us and our minds more productive. Spending an hour or two at a time working and some doing some activities in between makes me more productive in the end, even if less time is spent at once.
I have found doing this helps me catch more things to work on before doing the final sweep. Also, overall better focus on my work and attention to detail. For example less temptation to surf social media in between my work. It’s about working smart and not hard.
Wedding photographer workflow tips –
I make my time most efficient by working systematically but avoiding being dogmatic, as each event will tell it’s own unique story. Part of it for me is not over shooting, as it creates a lot of sloppy work and overall composition problems. Plus missing what I should be watching for instead. There’s nothing to gain by taking 74 of the same photo, especially in non critical moments.
Now then, in Lightroom after my export, I use quick collections to work on the photos I don’t cull. A simple B key strike saves that photo to the quick collection. Then I most often use my Fuji classic chrome preset and make other adjustments as needed. I can right click, edit in Photoshop or NIK plugins for black and white work as I go. Or even remove an exit sign or a pimple, etc. All one thing. Wedding photographer workflow doesn’t have to be exhausting or daunting.