Workflow, Hardware & Software

Post production editing and publishing continuously changed over the last years and I shared my experience with using “free software” in very details back in 2015. Now in 2018, many things have changed.

Hardware

Post-production happens now on Apple hardware only. I replaced my windows powered 17″ laptop with a small 13″ MacBook Pro for two reasons.

Mobility: The 17″ laptop was so heavy and so large, I couldn’t take it with me. Although, labeled as “Laptop” it’s more a fix desktop solution.

Monitor Colours: The large laptop frequently changed monitor colour-settings when attaching an external monitor or using certain programs. Whenever I started to edit photos, I first had to run through the colour calibration process. Annoying.

My 13″ MacBook Pro fits weighs almost nothing and fits into any size backpack or bag. Further, no application installed on my mac turns the screen to bluish or reddish and no colour calibration needed.

Software

To import photos from my memory cards, I use Photo Mechanic. Photo editing is done using Affinity Photos and Mac OS Photos if I plan to share a photo in social media. Video editing is done with iMovie.

Workflow

  1. Importing and renaming all photo files from memory cards to the external drive with Photo Mechanic. 
  2. Manually copying video footage on the external drive.
  3. Browsing through all newly imported photos and reject them [press T] if I don’t like them. [Photo Mechanic]
  4. Delete all rejected files. They are gone forever. 
  5. I then go through the remaining photos and rate the ones I would like to publish [press 1]
  6. To edit a photo, I select reveal in Finder and open then the raw file with Affinity Photos.
  7. The result then is exported as different jpeg files with different resolutions and with or without watermark.
  8. Geo targeting is done only when importing the photos for Fauna Flora Photography using a self-built application using Google Maps.
  9. If I make a photo available for print, the high resolution version with watermark is imported into my shop karlheinz.photography

Affinity Photos doesn’t read xmp files. I copy the xmp files of each edited photos into the folders where the final jpeg files reside. Organizing and editing the photos of an average output of a photo session [about 1000 shots] takes me up to three hours.

Publishing

I publish my photos in Flickr, Facebook and my website Fauna Flora Photography. Some of the photos also make it into my blog. Here the links:

Backup. Back It Up!

All my media files, photos and videos, as well as Affinity photo edits of those files are stored on an external drive with the very creative name “MEDIA”. I use a second drive, same brand, same size to backup all files. In fact the second drive is a clone. I use rsync to clone the MEDIA drive:

rsync -avhW –exclude=”.*” //Volumes/MEDIA/ //Volumes/MEDIABACKUP/
  –delete

Disclaimer: Products and services of all brands mentioned have been purchased by myself without discount. I don’t endorse any product I am using.