Further Thoughts on Workflow

Upon doing the previous two exercises on workflow, I have started to see the importance in having a well planned workflow in place for each photoshoot. Therefore in preparation for assignment one I began to look into it a little more, and read some detailed information in The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook: By Uwe Steinmueller and Jürgen Gulbins. They describe having a solid workflow as a necessity;  “The workflow includes every step of the photographic process, from the moment you release the shutter, to the moment when you hold a print in your hand…” (1)

“All we really want to do is take great pictures and reproduce them in the best way possible. But doing so actually involves a whole series of steps” (2) Below are the basic steps required in a photography workflow that I have learnt from the previous exercises;

  • Planning for the Shoot
  • Composition and Shooting
  • Transferring image files to the computer
  • File naming
  • Image editing
  • Preparing the images for printing

In the book they go into a lot more detail than this, and specifically they explain all the digital aspects of the workflow (post photoshoot). Below is their outline of every possible step that could be involved in a workflow;

  • Composition and Shooting;

– Optimizing Tonality

– Stitching and Panoramas

  • Image editing;

– Layers

– Colour modes

– Object Selection

–  Noise reduction

– History and Protocol Panel

– Correcting Optical errors

– Photoshop editing

–  Converting images to black and white

  • Printing

–  Printing images

– Showing images on slideshows and web galleries

–  Printing in black and white

–  Using RIPs to produce high quality prints

“A workflow requires knowledge, experience, and planning to function properly. Because different images require different treatment, it needs to be adaptable too.” (3)

Upon further research, below is the best photographic workflow that I could find. It is extremely detailed, and is definitely a chart that I would use in the future for planning my workflows. (4)

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(1) Gulbins, Jurgen and Steinmueller, Uwe, The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook: (page 5) [Accessed 13/01/13]

(2) Gulbins, Jurgen and Steinmueller, Uwe, The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook: (page 6) [Accessed 13/01/13]

(3) Gulbins, Jurgen and Steinmueller, Uwe, The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook: (page 7) [Accessed 13/01/13]

(4) RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHY (2004-2005), Workflow, Available on: http://www.resolutionphotography.com/workflow.htm [Accessed 13/01/13]

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