Famous Photographers: 100 things we wish we knew starting out

    | Photography Tips | 20/02/2013 01:00am

    Tips for Managing Your Photography Workflow

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    “On a big tour I know what the band will do, so I set up presets for quickly editing a batch of shots. Typically, these will address colour balance and noise reduction, boosting the blacks and the shadows.” – John McMurtrie

    “For me, the biggest advantage of digital is being able to shoot in raw format – it gives you so much latitude and is very forgiving!” – Suzi Eszterhas

    “I use Photoshop for basic adjustments or removing a srtray blade of grass. I never go in for digital manipulation or compositing.” – Suzi Eszterhas

    “I shoot in Raw and then go through a rather contradictory process of putting more contrast into the images in Photoshop, while simultaneously opening up the tones. I like to increase the dynamic range of images, using HDR and similar editing techniques, but you must always be subtle, because it’s really easy to overdo this effect. They I’ll use a graphics tablet to ‘brush’ colours in – almost like painting.” – Robert Wilson

    “Get it right in-camera. This will improve your technique and is far more rewarding than fixing images in Photoshop later.” – Antony Spencer

    “I do very little to my images with software, except for minor adjustments using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. I’ve always tried to achieve as much as possible in-camera, and not rely on processing to pull the image together. Anyway, it’s often the most basic adjustments that make the biggest difference.” – Antony Spencer

    “Look at maps closely when planning trips so you can arrive at a location when it is likely to be side lit.” – Fran Halsall

    “Once I started tracking weather patterns and pre-scouting locations and noting where the sun/moon would be, my photos started turning out a lot better.” – Aaron Meyers

    “Exposure composites are the main thing I do in Photoshop. I’ll start with a raw file in Adobe Lightroom, where I will tweak contrast levels and sometimes adjust saturation. I rarely alter colour. I’ll only use Photoshop these days for the stuff I can’t do in Lightroom.” – Fran Halsall

    “I make nearly all my adjustment in Adobe Camera Raw. I like shooting raw for my street photography because it happens in all kinds of unpredictable light. If the colour balance isn’t perfect I correct it using the Temperature slider, and use the Tint slider too. If my original exposure and contrast aren’t perfect, I adjust this too, using the Exposure, Brightness and Contrast sliders.” – Nils Jorgensen

    “I like there to be a lot of black in my work, so I mainly use Photoshop to boost the contrast. That’s pretty much it for me. I shoot so the highlights don’t get blown out before I even put it into Photoshop.” – Dominic Nahr

    “I do very little in Photoshop; a tweak of the curve and some dodging and burning is about my limit. I use Lightroom 4 as my raw converter and that takes care of most of the tonal and colour adjustments.” – Simon Butterworth

    “I used to do a lot of printing, so I approach ‘post’ work in this spirit, and avoid any heavy manipulation. So I used editing software to clean things up, or to add a particular type of look, rather than using lens filters.” – Lorenzo Agius

    PAGE 1: Camera gear – and how to use it
    PAGE 2: Photo composition tips
    PAGE 3: Exposure tips
    PAGE 4: Lighting tips
    PAGE 5: Tips for managing your photography workflow
    PAGE 6: Tips for selling your photos
    PAGE 7: Photography tips for shooting in the field
    PAGE 8: Final photography tips to remember


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