Now that I’ve completed my 365 photography challenge, I’ve decided to take on a weekly post processing challenge. One of my first areas of focus is workflow and keeping track of what I’m doing. Unlike some photographers, I really enjoy the process of post production on my images. Taking an image from pre-visualization to capture to final creative art is a joy for me. Okay, maybe not always, but when I have the time and energy.
However, one of the bad habits I’ve fallen into is not keeping track of the process I use for each of my images. On the positive side, I feel complete freedom to begin with a blank canvas and create whatever I see in my mind’s eye. On the downside, when I create something that I’d like to replicate, I don’t have any record of it. So recreating it requires extra work and a bit of luck. It really only hurts me from a time perspective, but I’d still like to change it.
Ironically, even though I’m committed to the change, when I started post processing images yesterday and today, I forgot.
About halfway through my day today, I remembered and decided to take a screen shot of the image in Photoshop with the actions showing. In truth, I’m not even sure of the best way to keep track of recipes I create for final images.
Got any suggestions or ideas? What do you do?
For this image, I used a combination of the following actions:
- Kubota Image Tools: Edge Burner, Digi Dark
- Totally Rad Actions: Grandma’s Tap Shoes, Lux (soft)
- Imagenomic: Portraiture (custom)
Below are the three image stages: raw image, first pass edit, final image.
Is this helpful? What else would you like to see and learn together on this post processing challenge?