My Lightroom workflow

Published Wed Feb 28 2018 09:42:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The steps

  • Import photos
  • Reject bad photos, and delete them from disk
  • Rate
  • Filter out unrated images
  • Tag with keywords
  • Camera profile
  • Enable HDR if desired
  • Straighten/Crop
  • Exposure/levels
  • White balance
  • Colour calibration (has to be enabled in the ••• menu)
  • Colour grading
  • Masked adjustments (including eye enhancement)
  • Adjust lens blur
  • [Ensure changes are written to XMP before closing]
  • Sharpen/DeNoise/Scale
  • Photoshop adjustments (if necessary)

Final checks

Before I export a photo, I do a final check of the following things
  • Balance of colour channels and histogram
  • Background brightness doesn't distract from the subject
  • There's not too much contrast or saturation
  • Colour is adding something. If it's not, convert to B&W
I don't permanently delete many images, but if they're clearly no good from the preview, then I don't need them taking up valuable storage space!
I rate in quite a rudimentary way. Anything with 1 or more stars will be processed further. Anything with 0 stars is filtered out from further processing/uploading (but kept for the future, just in case).
Keywords are just there to help find photos in the future — and are preserved when uploading to Flickr, which helps.
I use Topaz Labs
software to enhance images at the end of the process, when I've finished working with all the RAW data and am almost ready to export the image.


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