An Example Workflow

We talk a lot about workflows, but this week we thought it would be useful to see one in action. Below is a workflow that many of our event and portrait photographers use when working with POST.

1. Download & Backup Images
After the shoot, get the RAW images off the camera(s) and safely backed up.

2. Import Into Lightroom
Open your Lightroom catalog and import every image from the shoot.

3. Select Keepers
Using flags or stars, label each image as a keeper or a discard.

4. Export Keepers
Move the final set of keeper files to a separate folder, or export copies of the keepers to a new folder. This makes it easier to send just the keepers in the next step.

5. Submit a POST Job and Send Images
Complete the online POST order form to indicate what services you need, then send the keeper images using one of the provided transfer methods.

6. POST Performs Work
Your POST editor corrects the images and performs any other work requested. The POST file technician then prepares the files for delivery based on your requested output.

7. Download Edits
Upon delivery, you receive an email with a link to download the files. Save the files to your image directory or a convenient location.

8. Reconnect Edits to Original Images
Most POST photographers request XMP return because of it’s speed, flexibility, and because there is no loss of image quality. When receiving XMPs, copy them in with the original RAW files and then have Lightroom read them in to apply the edits.

10. Export Final JPGs
After reviewing the edits and tweaking, if needed, it’s time to export the final JPGs. These can be sent to print, uploaded to a hosting site, or delivered to the client.

Of course, this is only one of many ways of getting your images edited, but we’ve found this workflow to provide a good compromise of speed, flexibility, and control for our photographer clients.


Quick-Tip: We love and highly recommend the RAW+XMP workflow. Learn more about it here.

Quick-Tip: If you’re not interested in selecting your keepers, we can do that as well. Check out our full lineup of post-production services.

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