If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that I was just traveling and photographing wildlife and nature in Alaska. Wildlife photography is a passion of mine (though it’s definitely just a hobby). I am not seasoned in photographing birds or animals, but I hope to grow in that arena. When I come back from a trip with thousands of photos, it can be daunting. I imagine weddings would be much the same way. If you want to edit faster, try this simple process.
My 15 seconds per image Lightroom workflow:
I cull my way through 1000s of nature, wildlife and personal snapshot photos from my trip, using my “15 second per image editing technique.” Using Lightroom with my cap locks pressed, I hit P (for Pick) or X (for Exclude). The cap locks advances you to the next photo once P or X are pressed. If I know it is one I want to keep, I edit quickly using the Enlighten Lightroom presets before hitting the P key. Once I have the look I want, if there are other similar images, I save the combination temporarily as a “save a fav” preset within the set. Then I apply it (or even just sync) with all similar images.
While I may spend 20-30 seconds on a few photos, the average time is about 15 seconds since I average in rejects and photos I synced (as those then usually just need a possible crop).
** for most vacation photos, I don’t enter Photoshop. But for portraits, if I want to, I will star those with a number too (so maybe 3 stars or 5 stars = portrait). Then once I am done in Lightroom, I can export and edit the starred images with Photoshop actions or hand retouching as needed.
Help, in exchange for the tip?
Remember how I mentioned I am not seasoned at wildlife photography??? Well, I need your help. I loved photographing bald eagles and really want to print one for my home. But technically speaking – and visually – I am having a hard time deciding on the strongest image. Which of these do you feel is the strongest? Feel free to add any thoughts or helpful CC for me in the comments too. Thank you!
** All images below were edited with Enlighten Lightroom presets. Only the resize and copyright were added using batch processing.
All eagles in flight were taken with the Canon 5D MKIII and Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II with a 1.4x extender. Settings: ISO 800, Aperture 4.0, Speed between 1/1000 and 1/1600
All bald eagles in the tree and nest were taken with the Canon 5D MKIII and Tamron 150-600mm at the full 600mm. Settings: ISO 1000, Aperture 6.3, Speed between 1/500 and 1/1000
Overwhelmed yet? Again, helpful critique is welcome. I did not have a flash, though with a better beamer that may have helped, and I know on a few the wings are clipped, so there’s that too. But I was happy overall with these. And I think practicing at home with the birds in my backyard actually helped me a bit. So tell me, what is your favorite of the ones above? Thanks again.