Global Workflow

In Lightroom & Workflow, News & Stuff, Travel, Workflow & Technical Issues by David17 Comments


I know there are many of you that don’t get Photoshop User Magazine. I also know you know that I think you should be a member of NAPP and getting this magazine as part of your membership. But I’ll save the sermon for another time. The kind folks at Photoshop User Magazine have graciously allowed me to post the PDF version of my latest article, a gift of love to all you non-NAPP folk out there who want to read the article but don’t subscribe. Click HERE for a downloadable PDF version of my article GLOBAL WORKFLOW, an excerpt from the April/May 2009 edition of Photoshop User.


  1. Jeroen Berkenbosch

    Great article, but I’ve got one question.

    Do you carry the hyperdrive/one of your harddrives when you’re out and about? Because of possible theft in an hotel or things like that.

  2. dani

    Thanks for this David (and thanks kind folks at Photoshop User Magazine) – unfortunately there’s no way to lay my hands on this magazine over here…

  3. Chris Plante

    I don’t have time to read it right now but I really dig the layout. It’s very “travel/adventury”. I will for sure read the article later today. I am very interested in work flow articles.

    BTW. I inquired about a membership to NAPP last year. Even when our dollar was at par, they wanted to gauge us Canadians.

  4. Author

    Chris – Yeah, it’s more expensive, but remember it’s USPS and Canada Post that’s doing the gouging. The bulk of our membership fees go to the magazine and the shipping and it’s just way more for shipping, currency isn’t relevant.

    But if you use your membership well you more than make up the costs in discounts.

  5. Author

    Jeroen – I thought I answered this question. I don’t generally carry my hyperdrive out and about with me, but I do often give one of my harddrives to someone else to hang on to, just in case. And I lock my stuff into a Peli-case when I’m out.

  6. Aleksei Saunders

    Why – I just joined NAPP. What a coincidence!!

    David, re: POGO – does it print from RAW images on your camera or only from JPEG?

  7. Author

    Atta boy, Alex!

    Pogo only prints from JPG or RAW+JPG, but it needs the JPG. I just set my C1 custom function to JPG, P-mode, quick an’dirty shot so I don’t have to fiddle with it all.

  8. Aleksei Saunders

    Gotcha – Thanks.

    Now, do you have a workflow for 6,425 concert photos?

  9. Sean Phillips

    Thanks for a great article!

    So you make two (or three) copies of all of the files before doing any editing, then you delete all the obviously bad ones. Do you then go back in and sync all the deletes on the backup drives??

    I’ve heard of many photogs using the automatic backup on import to Lightroom, but I’ve never been able to figure out how to easily sync the deletes. I generally make my backup copies only after my first edit. I like to shoot lots of images, and so there are usually lots to delete right away as well. How do you make this work?

  10. Author

    Sean – Great Q. I backup my stuff like crazy on the road, but so long as nothing goes south or gets stolen, when I get home I simply export the files as catalog from the laptop, so my deleted stuff doesn’t go over to main drives when I get home. Does this make sense. I know what you’re asking, just not sure if I’m answering it right.

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  12. Stephen

    Thanks Sean, I waited until I received my issue to read the article and then looked up this post to ask that very question.

    I was also curious if you were deleting the rejects from your working library but still maintained a backup of the entire shoot – just in case you were ever to revisit what you once thought was bad.

    In summary. Reject photos are deleted forever.

  13. Sean Phillips

    Yes, I definitely delete my rejects and once they are deleted they are gone forever. My summary workflow is:

    1. import all files with 1:1 previews
    2. first pass rough edit deleting all blurry, out of focus, and otherwise obvious bad images (including duplicates that really are identical , but I do keep images that are only similar if they are technically good)
    3. 2nd pass edit with detailed assessment of duplicates and marginal images to see if they can be saved and/or if they are worth keeping
    4. my nightly backup will copy all the keepers into my extensive backup system (eventually there will at least 4 copies of everything)
    5. on future days any additional edits or deletions will also propogate through that backup system

    It works for me, but I would like to be able to have at least 2 copies before doing any edits. I haven’t been able to find an automated way to do that so far as any software that I have tried will get confused when there are copies of images on the backup drive that aren’t on the main drive. I’m sure I could get around it (maybe with something more like time machine).

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