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Today, I just wanted to take a moment to share the one tip that has saved me hours, probably even days, of editing…
Edit IN, not out!
About 3 years ago, I read a blog post by Stewart Randall, a photographer in the UK, about speedy workflows. One of the sections that really struck me was a section on editing. Stewart talked about how he would return from a wedding weekend with upwards of 3,000 photos! Out of those 3,000, he would only be delivering about 500 to the couple. How many of you can relate? I know I can!
In the past, he would “edit out”, meaning he would go through all of the images and decide which ones he DIDN’T want to use. When he realized that the images he wasn’t going to use far outnumbered the chosen ones, he knew he was going about this all wrong. So, he began to “edit in.”
I tried this process the following week and oh my goodness it saved me SO much time! I haven’t turned back since. Over the years, I’ve also become aware of the fact that several successful photographers, like Zach & Jody Gray, also use this methodology.
I used to make a 1st pass in Lightroom and get rid of any photos that definitely weren’t usable…people’s eyes were closed, they were out of focus (and not in the awesome blurry bokeh-y kinda way!), etc. Then, I would go through a 2nd time and star/flag images I did want to use. Can you say time consuming? Now, when I go through my photos, I immediately flag my favorites and go from there.
Whenever I get a chance to talk with new photographers about workflow, this is one of my favorite tips to share. It might seem so obvious to some of you, but I’m always surprised at how many people start editing the same way I did.
I highly recommend this for those of you looking to save some time with editing! Which, I think it’s safe to assume, is all of you 🙂