Bridge Workflow: Editing Multiple Photos at Once

So to keep going with Bridge, Daniel Hurtubise is doing another great workflow post.

I came back Wednesday from a car racing event with roughly 1500 images taken over 3 days… that’s a lot of work.

So here’s how I deal with it:


First I will start by “stacking” pictures that will need the same kind of adjustments.

To do this you select all the images that will need those adjustments by either using CTRL/Command or SHIFT.


Then you right click and select Stack – Group as Stack.


This is what you’re going to get.


As a side note for stack you can “play” the stack (that will do a quick slideshow of all the images) by pressing the play icon.


Or you can use your mouse to ”slide” through the images.


I then repeat the process for all group that will need the same treatment. I then “open” the stack to access the individual images by clicking on the number.


I then double-click one of the image and it ill open it in Camera Raw.


Now I apply the needed settings for that series.


And simply close the image by clicking “Done.”


You can now see that this images had some modifications applied to it because it display this icon.


You can now either close the stack or select all the images with CTRL/Command or SHIFT.


Right-click and Select Develop Settings – Previous Conversion.

Bridge will then apply the previous Camera Raw settings to all the images in the stack.

On a side note, I’m a week away from leaving for my Alaskan trip. So be sure to stay tune for more workflow tips since I will sure return with a lot of pictures.


And in response to questions from last time:

First let me start by saying thanks to all your nice comments. I’m glad you liked the workflow tutorials and I hope that it will help spend more time shooting and less time organizing. So thanks to Kansas Allen, Denise Olson, Lori M and Aimee.

Toki, to answer your question (is there a way to resave the nef files currently on my hard drive as dngs?) the answer is.. yes and no J. You could embed the NEF file into the DNG to extract it later on but that would make the DNG huge. If you don’t embed it then you can’t. But like I said, I personally prefer sticking to a non-proprietary format. And I’ve never been a big fan of Capture NX.

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    thank you for tutorials. I have bridge in my computer but i am using iphoto because i have no idea how to use it. I am looking forward to your future tutorials.

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    Heather Price........vanilla moon says

    Thankyou for a super workflow tutorial,this will save loads of time.I have just started using bridge, although ive had it for ages but didnt know how to use it and it looked like a big scarey learning thing,but it’s getting easier.

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    Ashley Larsen says

    I have really enjoyed the tutorials on Bridge. I am so excited to try this out and make work flow easier and less destructive. Keep it coming! Would love for you to go more in-depth on post processing, like what everything does… for instance in the above pic, you lowered the contrast, yet the pic has an overall ‘pop’…

    Thanks again.


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