|Water Fall at Radnor Lake|
(processed with Topaz Labs Adjust)
Here we are four days into the new year, and I can't tell a bit of difference. Everyone is blogging, facebook updating, and watercooler talking about a fresh new start and how things will be different from here on out, but I'm not feeling it yet.
There is a good bit of "new" in my life in January with my classes, my one word project, and some other exciting ideas brewing on the back burner. But, this tired, overwhelmed, underslept, being pulled in a million directions at once feeling...well, it didn't magically leave when 2011 walked out the door.
There were no resolutions for me per se. I chose my word, set my agenda, and decided on a few new projects and goals. There's just not enough time to do it all AND sleep. I read somewhere that Martha Stewart slept only four hours a night. She certainly seems to get a lot done, but I'd be a raving lunatic within 48 hours if I don't get at least six two nights in a row. Ten would be better. Eight works ok.
The only way to make all of this work well is to be organized, develop a system, create a routine (and oh, yea, stick to it). Again, not necessarily a strong suit of creative types, but oh so important.
In photography workflow is one of the most important aspects of productivity.
I'm horrible at it.
There are a million little steps to processing even a single photograph. Good habits, like deleting obviously bad images from your camera before offloading them to your computer, organizing your folders and utilizing consistent file naming conventions so you can find said images later makes everything flow much better - if I would do it.
Then there are all those basic digital dark room processing steps BEFORE you get to the fun stuff like textures and artistic effects that I need to learn and apply. Let's not forget storage and backups either.
My workflow is improving a little, but mostly it consists of these steps:
- Take 300 pictures.
- Run home and download them all to my computer as soon as humanly possible, while telling myself it will just take a minute to scroll through and see what I have.
- Scroll through all the pictures five or six times until I come across one that makes me sit up straight (at least two or three times as I do my scroll through). Scroll through again. And again.
- Pick one, process it, throw all kinds of textures at it until I find one that makes me sit up straight again.
- Process it to the point of overprocessing it, and slowly back it down realizing the original image was pretty good with just a few adjustments here and there.
- Remember I need to exercise, bathe, and/or eat, and I'm probably going to be late for work if I don't step. away. from. the. computer. right. now. Right now. RIGHT NOW! Seriously. RIGHT NOW! OK, as soon as I upload it to flickr, share it on facebook and just jot a quick rough draft of a blog post about it.
Someone please tell me this is their workflow, too. Better yet, if you have some tried and true workflow tips to share, I'd love to hear them.
In the interest of sharing and sharing alike, I came across this little tutorial regarding a photoshop workflow that seems interesting. It also seems like a lot of steps. I'll have to study it later myself. But, for now I must step. away. from. the. computer. NOW!