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Having a photography workflow is important no matter if you are a professional or amateur photographer or if you just want to keep your photos and memories organized.

What is a photography workflow?

In simple terms, it is a series of steps you take after (or even before) shooting photos – exporting, editing, and storing. There is no right or wrong kind of workflow in photography. You should create the easiest and the least complicated workflow for yourself.

Here’s my photogrpahy workflow to inspire you and guide you to create on for yourslef.

The secrets of easy photography workflow Pin

Secret number 1 – transfer and rename

The first step after finishing your shoot is of course transferring your photos to your computer.

  • plug your SD card into your computer (or card reader if your computer doesn’t have a dedicated SD card slot);
  • copy/paste all the images from your SD card to a dedicated folder (see below);
  • eject SD card or card reader.

TIP: don’t delete photos from the card just yet, in case you lose data on your computer, you will still have them on the SD card. Do not format the card until you run out of space.

A folder name – when you transfer your photos you should have a dedicated folder named using a name template. In my case that would be YYYY_month_city, country

photography workflow step 1

Within that folder, I have three more: one for RAW files, the other for Editing, and one for the Final files.

photography workflow folder names

TIP – you should paste the photos into RAW files folder.

After having your photos in the dedicated folder, you should rename them. Remember to use a unique name so you don’t end up with several DSC_1478 files. In this step you can also use a name template, mine is: YYYY_month_city, country_initials_originalfilenumber.

photography workflow file names

Before I star with the next step, I chose the best photos and move them to “Editing” folder.

Secret number 2 – editing

I use Lightroom to edit my images, and very rarely Photoshop, only when I want to remove some eyesore element.

When you open Lightroom, you can create a new catalog and transfer RAW files there, but you don’t have to, whatever works best for you.

After I finish editing, I export the photos to the “Final files” folder. The file name is the same as before, only now it has a .jpg extension.

photography workflow final file names

Secret number three (and the most important one) – backup

For this you will need to purchase at least one external hard drive. Capacity will depend on number of photos you take, or how big files your camera generates. I have one TB, and for now it is quite enough.

Remember this, external hard drives don’t last forever. It is advised to changed them every two to three years or so. Also, make sure that you have a backup of the backup, you know, just in case.

That would be roughly what I wanted to tell you about the secrets of easy photography workflow.

How does your photography workflow look like? Do you have some other techniques? I can’t wait to read your comments.

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