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I have been recently reviewing my workflow for how I get the image out of my camera and end up with the final result shown in my gallery so I thought I would share for those who are interested.

Step 1 – Importing the image

I’ve tried a few ways now, opening the file direct to photoshop, importing to lightroom then exporting to photoshop, etc however I have recently been converted to using Capture One Pro to import the images from my memory card.  Now Capture one can do so much more than this and can in fact  replace a lot of what you would do in Lightroom, however I use it at the moment purely for the initial import.  The reason behind this is down to how Capture One interprets the RAW file and adds its presets, thanks to Peter Aikins from Peter Aikins Photography for putting me onto it.  All of the comparisons I have seen between importing into Camera Raw or Lightroom doesn’t seem to have the same punch that Capture One has.  Im not going to go into the comparisons too much however for those that are more interested have a read of this awesome post from FStoppers.  Once the images are imported and i’ve selected the ones to keep I then export them in TIFF format to my Working Folder.

Step 2 – Editing the image

At this stage I import the image I want to work on into Photoshop, there are several steps I constantly use at this stage.  The image below shows all of the Layers as I work through the image.

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Before I start changing colours, or adding any layers I remove any spots or blemishes in the image, make sure its cropped and the horizon is straight. Once happy then I look to correct the colours in the image by choosing the correct white, black and grey points in the image with a small curves adjustment if I feel it needs more “pop”.  From here I move to correcting or improving the contrast values in the image, in this image I wanted to really emphasise the shadows from the Pier and bring out more definition in the clouds.

I then use the next two steps to make any changes to the image using filters and remove any noise, in this instance I used two filters from the NIK collection I have and also removed noise in the image (mainly in the sky) using DeNoise.  After this then its mainly making any finishing touches I feel the image needs such as dodging and burning and adding a vignette.  Once happy I then flatten the image and save the TIFF file into my finished folder.  I know a lot of people keep the layers but in honesty it bloats out the image size and also would make it far too tempting for me to keep going back and editing images.

Anyone wanting to know more about editing images in Photoshop I recommend taking a trip over to Jimmy McIntyre’s website ThroughStrangeLenses who has an amazing course on this topic and which I base the majority of my processing around.

Step 3 – Import to Lightroom

I still use lightroom as my catalogue system and as such import the image back into lightroom and add title, meta tags and may even make some final tweaks to the image in the develop module.  I then export JPG images for websites display which is what is uploaded to my social media accounts and blog.

As a final note and tip, I always set my camera, capture one, photoshop and lightroom to use SRGB rather than Adobe RGB so its the same throughout all of the workflow.


EXIF details

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: ing.
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s

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