When importing your images into light-room have the files save to an external hard drive and have it render 1:1 previews for all images. Once all images are imported, and before you begin to work on your images unplug your hard drive. This will drastically speed up the rendering of files because the computer will not be able to locate the original files and will instead use the 1:1 previews to edit and no longer needs to access the huge original raw file sizes. Then after editing simply plug your hard drive back in and light-room will load all of the changes you made back onto the original full size RAW images. Cull in, then out. Just shot a great event and every image turned out great?!
Don’t waste time culling out great image after great image. This strategy wastes time and puts you in a negative state of mind as you must actively nix your preciously crafted images. It is much faster and far more psychologically pleasurable to go through and pick your bests than it is to choose and cull out your “bads.” To do this first get an idea of how many images you need for a certain event. With this number in mind quickly go through light-room and select the ones you think best represent the event and the story you are trying to tell with this fixed number in mind. Once completed, if you are over your number cull out the remaining few, and if you are under then select a couple more good ones. You are now finished with the cull!
Buy a Wacom or other pen tablet. If you haven’t made this switch yet, you don’t know what you are missing.Go purchase one right now! It may take a bit getting used to, but once you master it your speed and accuracy will drastically increase.
Do everything in light-room for every image in your event before switching to photoshop. I know it is tempting when you are working on a photo to just pop over to photoshop and fix an image, but anytime you multi-task you slow down because your brain must switch between different thought patterns. Instead go through all of your photos in Light-room doing Color Correction Services and everything that you can do in Light-room for every photo, if an image needs work done in photoshop then flag that image and continue on in light-room. Once all the work in light-room has been done go back and edit the flagged images in photoshop.
Print out a list of our 60 most useful photoshop keywords and our 60 most useful light-room keywords and tape them next to your workstation.
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