A Simple Workflow for Photo Publishing

I love photography. It is a tool that tells stories in many ways depending on how I frame my shots. While I’m significantly snapping less than I was a few years ago, I take photographs at least 300 photos monthly if I am in Toronto or more than 2000 photos when I am on a trip. However, instead of releasing all of them, I only select to release just under 50 photos or less. Why? For two reasons, time and quality. So, how do I do nowadays?

Unlike many professional photographers, I don’t keep all photos. Usually, the photographs I keep must be fairly good in term of storytelling and composition. When I go through the photos on my memory cards, I only pick the photos that I can tell some stories in a few seconds. As I shoot both RAW and JPEG (B/W monochrome), I keep the JPEG ones but only keep some RAW files just in case I need to submit the photos to the competition.

Choosing what to keep is the first round. This is to narrow down my attention.

Then, I pick what I want to release. This time around, I spend more time to figure out what kind of story I want to tell. However, as I mostly release photos as I see, if a photo requires heavy post-processing, it will not pass this stage. The selection will be further processed with either Apple Aperture (yes, I still use it) or anything on my iPhone via iCloud Drive.

The last round is actually when I publish the photos. This stage usually happens when I am in transit or have a meal. Whether or not I want to publish the photos is entirely up to my instinct at that time. If I lose the interest in the story, I will just ignore the image.

This process does not require me lots of time on selecting and processing photos and allow me to spend more time on something else.

Whenever I try to press the shutter, this process helps me think what kind of story I want to tell, why I want to snap this photos and why this moment is significant. Thus, this process improve the overall quality of my photos and the number of remaining camera shutter actuation count wasted in crappy photos.

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