My photography workflow
Step1: taking photos
Here is what I use to shoot photos these days:
- Canon EOS 40D digital camera, with the following lenses:
- Canon E-FS 17-85mm
- Sigma 70mm 1:2.8 DG Macro
- Sigma APO 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
- A quite old Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III
- SanDisk Ultra-II or Extreme-III 4Gb cards
- QStarz Q1300S GPS recorder
- LowePro Primus AW bag
I shoot all my photos in RAW format.
Step2: transfer photos to the computer
I’m using a PC running:
- Windows 7
- Adobe Bridge CS4
- Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bits)
- CR2 Codec (64-bits) by Ardfry
- Microsoft Excel :)
I’m using the “Download Photos” option from Adobe Bridge CS4 to transfer and organize photos on my desktop.
Step3: geotagging photos
When I come back having shot a few dozen photos, I download photos using Adobe Bridge and download the GPS track, convert it into a GPX file using the Travel Recorder software provided by QStarz. I then use GeoSetter to map photos and GPS track using timestamp. Geo coordinates are then stored in .XMP files along .RAW files.
Step4: basic keywording
I use Excel to build and manage my own taxonomy, containing a list of countries, mountain ranges names, lakes names… I regularly import the updated taxonomy into Adobe Bridge, and do the basic keywording with Bridge. Keywords are also stored in .XMP files.
Step5: developing photos
I use Camera Raw (part of Adobe Photoshop) to apply non-destructive changes that are stored in .XMP files. Then I sometimes perform further adjustments in Photoshop, to come with a “developed” version of the photograph that is stored as a JPG file (with no compression at all).
Step6: publishing photos
I use a set of scripts that I have written and Adobe Configurator to easily produce JPG versions of photographs to be published on Flickr. Those scripts do the following operations:
- Resize in 800px
- Apply sharpening
- Apply JPG compression
Then I manually push photos to Flickr (wish I could find an Adobe Bridge plug-in to automate the push to Flickr).
On Flickr, I apply some precise keywording using the Flickr tools.
Step7: publishing on my site site
To publish photos on my site, I use my own tool named phpFlickrSynch to read Flickr data, store photo metadatas in my local database.