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3 Quick & Easy Steps to Dramatically Reduce the Number of Photos to Post-Process

Taking pictures is lots easier in this digital age. Nevertheless, post-processing them is just not. Agree?

Sure, post-processing is quite a bit more durable than snapping a photograph in the subject. However, it’s not as troublesome and/or daunting as some may experience.

Typically it’s as a result of of a improper post-processing software and typically it’s as a result of of the lack of expertise. However most frequently, it’s because of the sheer number of pictures that we take.

Imagine getting back from a images trip with hundreds of photographs.  In case you have gone to one of those exceptionally lovely locations like Switzerland, Bharatpur, Paris, Blue-Ridge Parkway in West Virginia/North Carolina, Upper Peninsula area in Michigan, and so on. you’ll come back with several thousand in a matter of every week.

Whereas it’s all too exhilarating and gratifying when you are in the area, it’s often not the case when you are post-processing, right? Primarily because of hundreds of photographs that lie in front of you.

In at present’s article, I would really like to share 3 fast and straightforward step that’ll assist you get organized and choose solely these pictures which might be value post-processing. When you comply with them, you’re sure to save an unlimited amount of time.

Step #1: Comply with A Simple Folder Structure

You won’t understand how essential it’s to comply with a selected folder structure. For a number of years, I exploit to store my pictures haphazardly. I never realized if it was good or dangerous until I found out an excellent simple means of organizing my folders. Now, I don’t keep in mind where I learn it, nevertheless it’s been a blessing.

Following a simple folder structure is of paramount importance in this digital age the place you’re taking hundreds of pictures and principally post-process them several days, weeks, or months later. In case you are like me, a bit lazy :), you may very nicely post-process your photographs years later!

When you examine my Instagram pictures, most of the pictures that I am importing in the current past have been taken a number of months (and typically, years) in the past! For example, this, this, and this have been taken a number of months and years in the past. BTW, have you ever downloaded by free Instagram post-processing eBook–InstaPower–Convert Your Snapshots Into Great Photographs In Minutes–yet?

Right here’s a quite simple and environment friendly folder construction that I comply with from a number of years as a result of it really works like magic and is extraordinarily straightforward to comply with. Right here it is:

A Simple & Efficient Folder Construction for Publish-Processing.

You have got a most important Photos folder (in the above screenshot it’s Photos-NPS which suggests Photos folder for Nature Images Simplified weblog) for storing all the pictures.

Beneath the Photos folder, you’ll have one folder per yr. That’s 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019, and so on. Principally, one folder per yr.

Beneath every year’s folder, you’ll have three folders–RAW-Information, Masterprints, & Portfolio.

Here’s what they symbolize:

  • RAW-Information folder accommodates all RAW information (which is self-explanatory). This folder incorporates all of your RAW information—Good, dangerous & ugly ones.
  • Masterprints folder incorporates the full-resolution information which might be post-processed. This folder accommodates only the post-processed information.
  • Portfolio folder (or you possibly can identify it as Social Media folder) accommodates the low-resolution information with watermarks that may be shared on social media platforms.

Beneath RAW-Information you can start creating folders for every day’s shoot. Principally, a folder is known as in the following format to make it very straightforward to type and discover:

YYYY-MM-DD-The place identify the place you shot

Earlier I exploit to comply with “DD-MM-YYYY-The place name where you shot” as you’ll be able to see from the above screenshot. Nevertheless, putting the yr first makes it rather a lot easier, as advised by one of my college students. Right here’s how it seems to be as we speak:

Post-processing tips and techniques for Nature, Wildlife, Landscape photographers. Folder Structure and Image Culling by Prathap D K. Nature Photography Simplified.

As you’ll be able to see, these are the folders from my current journey to Bharatpur Chook Sanctuary where I made my long-pending activity of making a video course that helps all those who couldn’t or can’t personally attend my chook images workshops.

Quick Replace: The chook images video course is been delayed due to an emergency at my cinematographer’s household. Nevertheless, as you realize, I am virtually prepared to release my first-ever video course–Submit-Processing for Nature Photographers.

Let’s get again now.

The above easy folder structure allows you to get an entire overview of all your images journeys in a single yr in one place. Additionally, it accommodates all the post-processed information from that yr in the Masterprints & Portfolio folders which makes it straightforward for you to maintain monitor of all the information that you’ve post-processed.

In the long term, you’ll give you the chance to do many things with such a folder construction. Take into consideration making a guide on a specific place over the years. Or, perhaps to know which yr, which month, and on what dates have been you there on a specific place.

Maybe, you will discover out how you’re progressing over the years, each in phrases of area images and post-processing!

There are “N” number of use instances.

Greater than anything, it makes your life straightforward. Isn’t it?

Step #2: As an alternative of Deleting the Dangerous Ones, Choose the Good Ones!

The picture choice course of is usually generally known as Picture Culling process. You’ve gotten to choose just a few pictures out of hundreds in your RAW-Information folder to post-process.

I’ve principally heard photographers speak about deleting the dangerous RAW information. I’d say, as an alternative of deleting the dangerous RAW information, it’s higher to select only the good ones.

Think about it for a second.

You’re taking round 500 to 1000 pictures a day if you end up photographing the entire day, considering that you’ve gone to a fantastic location. Agree?

Now, most often, regardless of the expertise and the experience you’ve got, you’ll find yourself liking solely a only a few of the entire lot. Right?

Let’s contemplate that you’ve one thousand pictures. And, 20% of the photographs are good. So, out of 1000 photographs, you’ll have 200 good photographs.

Okay, now, would you like to delete 800 photographs or choose just the 200? I guess you stated, 200.

It’s certainly easier to choose the good ones than to delete the dangerous ones. As a result of good ones are the ones that have good lighting, good composition, truthful enough sharpness, and so on. And, it’s so much simpler to determine them even when you’re checking simply the thumbnails.

You can also have a particular thing you are looking at in a gaggle of pictures. In the following screenshot of several comparable wanting pictures of the India Darter or Snake Fowl is one such instance. My selection was based mostly on the Head-Angle of the fowl, which allowed me to decide photographs four & 6 for post-processing. In fact, the lighting, composition, sharpness, and publicity are taken under consideration.

Post-processing tips and techniques for Nature, Wildlife, Landscape photographers. Folder Structure and Image Culling by Prathap D K. Nature Photography Simplified.

Image Culling–Choosing solely the good ones as an alternative of deleted the dangerous ones. Image quantity 4 & 6 are post-processed on this case. Although in this instance, the other were not dangerous, just that I used to be on the lookout for the correct Head-Angle of the hen.

Right here’s the Key

The secret’s to simply start choosing the ones that you simply assume are good. You don’t have to spend an excessive amount of time analyzing them. Just flick through all the pictures shortly and begin choosing the ones that look good. Type of, the ones who leap off the display varieties, you understand.

Adobe Lightroom software provides an excellent straightforward approach of choosing these information either through the use of Flag or Score in their Library Module. I have explained each the Flagging & Score system in detail in my upcoming video course—Publish-Processing utilizing Adobe Lightroom for Nature Photographers releasing this week.

Flagging and Rating system of Adobe Lightroom.

Flagging and Score options in Adobe Lightroom software program.

I am assuming an honest post-processing software ought to present a way of marking a photo as selected.

Step #3: Iterate By way of The Good Ones

Now that you’ve chosen the good ones (as famous in the earlier step) which are properly uncovered with good mild, composition, & sharpness, and so forth, it’s time to iterate!

Let’s contemplate the similar instance where we “hypothetically” chosen 200 photographs from 1000. It’s time to convey this number down.

Sounds crazy? Learn on to understand why.

Verify each of these 200 photographs one by one in full display and see if they are worthy of your time. In other phrases, are they worthy of post-processing?

Right here’s what happens once you flick through the good photographs.

You are going to be more essential this time around checking the publicity, mild, composition, sharpness, & emotional influence of the photograph. You’ll select solely those pictures which might be excellent.

Hopefully, should you did this course of properly, it is best to end up with 100 or so photographs.

So, you now have 10% (100 out of 1000) of the whole lot, proper?

Thus far, so good. Now what?

You possibly can both do another spherical of examine to see if every of these 100 pictures are actually value post-processing and printing/sharing?

Sounds laborious. Nevertheless it’s not. You understand why? Because you are solely checking the excellent ones. So, you’d be pleased to see them once more, don’t you assume so?

Once you see the similar pictures from the third time, you may start to discover that some are usually not as great as you thought in the beginning. Principally, by doing this exercise you’re being as important as you’ll be able to about your personal pictures. So, what you find yourself after the third spherical are the greatest ones.

Sounds cool?

What Do You Assume?

I hope you’re convinced that you simply’ll save an ideal deal of time with this process. Isn’t it?

As an alternative of getting overwhelmed by 1000 pictures, you at the moment are having just 100 or under that. You don’t have to fear about the 900 photographs that are not that good. You don’t have to bury your self in front of a pc making an attempt to “save” these photographs.

That’s an ideal aid by itself. Don’t you assume so?

Here’s a fast behind-the-scenes take a look at how I did Image Culling for my Leh-Ladakh Exhibition.

Leh-Ladakh Exhibition Image Culling Process

From a whopping 3090 photographs to a mere 55 pictures via iterative selection course of!


I’ll be quickly putting up a Clearance Sale of my Leh-Ladakh exhibition prints. You’ll give you the option to purchase these ultra-high-quality archival prints (with frames in case you are in India) for rock-bottom costs. Please regulate your mail as there’s just one print out there of every of these photographs. Under is one of these photographs that have been displayed in the exhibition.

Maitreya Buddha Leh Ladakh photography exhibition by Prathap D K

Maitreya Buddha close to Diskit Monastery in Nubra Valley, Leh-Ladakh. This was one of the 28 large-format pictures that have been displayed in Chic Galleria, UB City, Bangalore as half of my Solo Images Exhibition that was held between Jan 4th and Feb fifth, 2019.

Here’s the Kicker

When you undoubtedly save lots of time by going by way of this iterative selection course of, there’s another implicit profit that you simply get by doing this exercise. And that’s…

Once you do this iterative course of of choosing the pictures, you’ll understand this:

  • What seemed good in the first round, didn’t look that good in the second round.
  • What appeared great in the second round, didn’t look that nice in the third round.
  • And so on.

You’ll have to apply this system practically to perceive the above statements.

There’s a term that defines this course of. I can’t keep in mind what it’s referred to as. However, loosely it’s based mostly on the following idea:

If you see a very good photograph amidst dangerous ones, it seems to be nice. However, whenever you put this good one towards different good ones, it doesn’t have the similar influence.

You already know what I imply. It’s like the good pictures fail to impress when put amidst great ones.

No marvel, what you are feeling like the greatest ones, fail to impress the judges in a contest. That’s as a result of they are seeing the greatest of the greatest ones. You haven’t any method to understand how your photographs truthful. Because you don’t have the proper reference.

Now you already know why you aren’t profitable the competitors? Don’t fear it happens to all of us.

So, by recursively choosing your photographs, you’re discarding the okay ones or not-so-good ones, and choosing the greatest ones.

There’s Another Aspect-effect

Now think about it for a second. In case you are only left with the greatest ones, wouldn’t you be thrilled to go forward and post-processed them? I guess you do.

The more stringent your selection criteria turn out to be (which occurs over time), the extra aware you turn out to be about what type of pictures do you want to absorb the subject.

Just read that statement another time.

The subsequent time if you end up clicking, you don’t want to load your self with extra pictures as you understand you’ll anyway throw them out in the post-processing stage.

Principally, you’re training your eye to look for the greatest pictures in the area. How fantastic is that!

That’s the entire point of my upcoming video course on Adobe Lightroom releasing this week. I’m going to only train you ways to post-process the good pictures and make them look great. I’ll not train you ways to magically fix the dangerous ones. As a result of I don’t do it myself. It’s rare that I spend too much time post-processing a photo. I don’t like to spend a lot time in post-processing in any respect.

I have even demonstrated what occurs in the event you spend an excessive amount of time in the post-processing stage. One of the workflow examples 35+ minutes long! That’s loopy, I know. But, typically, it’s essential to present it than say it. Don’t you assume?

Okay, I hope I have made you consider post-processing extra of an image-making process than an afterthought process. Hopefully, this course of saves you a ton of time and make you are feeling nice to work with the greatest photographs.

For now, I like to recommend you to learn my article Easy & Practical Chook Images Submit-Processing Workflow Utilizing Adobe Lightroom.

Good luck!



P.S. Adobe Lightroom has a Score concept of their Library Module, which I’ve explained in depth in my upcoming post-processing video course for nature photographers, that permits you to price a photograph from 1 by way of 5 stars. It helps rather a lot in the recursive selection course of that I explained above. In case you don’t use, Adobe Lightroom software program, you’ll be able to choose all the good ones from the first spherical of selection and transfer these pictures to a special folder. Then, start choosing the greatest of these choose pictures. It may be cumbersome, nevertheless it’s quite a bit better than post-processing all the pictures.

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