Changed my Digital Workflow & Why you should too!

How do photographers add more value to their work, so that clients love you?

Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 (April 2018 release) has been optimized for more accurate detection of faces in your catalog photos. This means it will search all the photos in the filmstrip of a folder or what you have ingested.

After it has found the faces it puts them in a “Unnamed People” section. Just click on the “?” and fill in the right name.

This information is written to the Keywords and to a field called “Persons Shown” field which I work with later in Photo Mechanic Plus.

Here you can see that field is just below the Keywords in Photo Mechanic Plus.

Now here was my “Digital Workflow” prior to the changes I am saying need to do to add value to your already awesome photos.

Post Processing
  1. Ingest to PhotoMechanic
  2. IPTC information is filled out and part of the ingesting process
  3. Select the keepers
  4. Delete all untagged images
  5. Import into Lightroom, because I am shooting RAW
  6. Using metadata I select all the photos with the same lens
  7. Select all with the same lens
  8. Go to Develop Module “D” shortcut
  9. On far right go to lens correction
  10. Go back to Library and pick another lens and do the same until all photos have been lens corrected
  11. Click on profile and enable profile for Adobe Color or select another more appropriate profile by using browsing in the menu
  12. Tip to select multiple images shot in the same scene and do correction to all at once
  13. Go to settings and then tell it to Match Exposure on all those selected
  14. ⌘D unselect
  15. Go one by one and check those correct. Repeat this step for different scenes
  16. Correct for blown out highlights
  17. Pull in blacks if necessary
  18. I am often using the Dehaze and Texture sliders
  19. For sharpening I use this technique
  20. Export all images to sRGB JPEGs Quality 80
  21. Open PhotoMechanic
  22. Upload to my PhotoShelter account for the client

After step 21 where I open the processed JPEGs I now work on the IPTC metadata.

I select all the images and then I use the short cut “⌘+I”, which gives me the IPTC Metadata Master Template. Now I click into the Caption field and hit a few returns. I select “Append” from the pull down menu on the left. Then I click on “Variables” down on the bottom and find “persons” and click on it. It puts {persons} in the Caption field.

If I have other changes that would be easy to apply to all the images at once I often do that here. Let’s say same basic caption or keywords could be applied. I go ahead and make those changes as well. Then at the bottom next to “Close Template” I click on “Apply Template to Selected”.

This takes all those people now identified in Lightroom’s Face Recognition and puts them into the caption field making them easily searchable with any computer.

While Lightroom does put their names in the Keywords, I don’t like that. So I just over write that with my new keywords that I go and apply one by one or by selecting multiple images using the master template that I clear and apply each time if doing this to multiple images.

If you are using the same changes a lot of the time, go ahead and save this template and then you can just load it when needed.

New Digital Workflow for Post Processing
  1. Ingest to Photo Mechanic Plus
  2. IPTC information is filled out and part of the ingesting process
  3. Select the keepers
  4. Delete all untagged images
  5. Import into Lightroom, because I am shooting RAW
  6. Use Face-Recognition to help identify people
  7. Using metadata I select all the photos with the same lens
  8. Select all with the same lens
  9. Go to Develop Module “D” shortcut
  10. On far right go to lens correction
  11. Go back to Library and pick another lens and do the same until all photos have been lens corrected
  12. Click on profile and enable profile for Adobe Color or select another more appropriate profile by using browsing in the menu
  13. Tip to select multiple images shot in the same scene and do correction to all at once
  14. Go to settings and then tell it to Match Exposure on all those selected
  15. ⌘D unselect
  16. Go one by one and check those correct. Repeat this step for different scenes
  17. Correct for blown out highlights
  18. Pull in blacks if necessary
  19. I am often using the Dehaze and Texture sliders
  20. For sharpening I use this technique
  21. Export all images to sRGB JPEGs Quality 80
  22. Open Photo Mechanic Plus
  23. Select all Images
  24. Append caption to include {persons]
  25. Go through all images being sure caption [“Caption” field contains the specifics about a photo]
  26. Using structured keywords apply them to each photo. [“Keyword” field is limited to generic terms]
  27. Upload to my PhotoShelter account for the client

Send a note with your images telling the client how they can search their images on their Mac or PC.

How to search on a Mac computer?
  1. On your Mac, click the Spotlight icon in the upper-right corner of the menu bar, or press Command-Space bar. …
  2. In the search field, type what you’re looking for—results appear as you type.
How to search on a PC computer?
  • Click the Start button to go to the Start screen,
  • then start typing to search for a file.
  • The search results will appear on the right side of the screen. Simply click a file or folder to open it.

Any text put into the IPTC Caption or keyword fields is searchable and they can then find those photos.

Do this often enough and they will not be calling your competition for those jobs anymore. Why? They can find your photos and not your competition’s. That is how you increase your value to your customers.