Workflow – Best Practices for efficiency

Published on February 13, 2020

Over Shooting & Over Picking

  • DO NOT OVER SHOOT! Or if you do, DO NOT OVER PICK.
    • Mini-Session – goal is 15-20 finished images per child.  Try not to give more than 35 images per sibling set.
    • Campus candids – goal is 3-6 finished images.  (If you give 15-30 images it’s confusing why you would charge differently for mini-sessions AND you are spending too much time.)

Session Details

  • Pay attention to details IN the session
    • Debris on the floor
    • Wrinkles in the backdrop
    • Unnecessary props in the scene
    • Snot, buggers and the absolute worst… MILK MUSTACHES.
    • Crazy Hair

In-camera cropping

  • IN CAMERA CROPPING
    • The most important thing is to  USE IT!!
    • Error on the loose side of cropping if you have to err
    • Careful of angles when you are photographing

Compress more if you see the sides of the backdrop.

  • Use crop ratio overlay in Lightroom.
    • This allows you to see exactly how each image will look as a 8×10 (or 4×5) 5×7 or (wallet) and 4×6.
    • Pre-Crop portrait images to 8×10 and landscape to 5×7- this give the highest percentage of accuracy for your pre-crop.

The lab will automatically center crop all of your images.

Use proper crop ratio when proofing  – Cropping Examples

See presentation for Crop examples:   Workflow – Best Practices 

Auto-cropping faces to same size

Useful for Composites and Yearbook submissions.

If you have to size images to the same head size here is a great photoshop plug-in that will auto crop files to the same head size. 

https://pixnub.com/product/face-crop-1-computer/