Edit Faster With My 15 Seconds Per Image Lightroom Workflow

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Edit Faster With My 15 Seconds Per Image Lightroom Workflow

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.


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  1. July 23, 2014 at 9:42 am —

    Jodi – I especially like 3,4,5 & 10, but all of these are fantastic shots! Thanks for the tips and advice you share!

  2. July 23, 2014 at 9:35 am —

    5, 9 & 18 get my vote!

  3. July 23, 2014 at 9:35 am —

    Definitely number 10. That is an amazing shot that you won’t see just anywhere! The wing detail and the while of the bird really clear! Wow! Gorgeous.

  4. July 23, 2014 at 9:29 am —

    #9 and #12

  5. July 23, 2014 at 9:26 am —

    9 is the strongest. Sime bkdg and it doesnt get lost like the others

  6. July 23, 2014 at 9:19 am —

    Wonderful photos. I vote for numbers 10 and 18.

  7. July 23, 2014 at 9:14 am —

    #9 or #10 best!!!

    awesome photos!

  8. July 23, 2014 at 8:55 am —

    Hi Jodi, Thanks for the tips. I just came back with a ton of photos from Provence, France, and this will help me greatly in editing. My favorite photos are #9…I love the clear background and closeup of the eagle’s eyes, plus the wingspan. I also like the closeup in the tree in #18. They are all awesome images and I hope you post more from your trip.

  9. July 23, 2014 at 8:51 am —

    I’d definitely choose between 5, 8 or 10. Definitely some great shots there.

  10. July 23, 2014 at 8:49 am —

    I really like #1. I like the circular water pattern contrasting with the strong wings of the eagle and the reflection.

  11. July 23, 2014 at 8:44 am —

    I like 1 and 9 for blowing up in your house! 🙂

  12. July 23, 2014 at 8:43 am —

    Love numbers 9 and 11! They’re all beautiful, Jodi!

  13. July 23, 2014 at 8:36 am —

    I love the fish in the talons in number 5. Love the color and facial aspects of the eagle in 10.
    If you go to Homer your next trip – the eagles sit on the beach (more showed up when the elderly lady would feed) and you can get some spectacular angles there! Awesome job!!!

  14. July 23, 2014 at 8:36 am —

    Love the eagles photos! I have to go do this in my area some day. My pics would be numbers 9 and 10, although on number 10, I might try flipping the image horizontally.

  15. July 23, 2014 at 8:32 am —

    #4 – Love the colors and sharpness.
    #9 – Eagle against pure blue background really makes it pop!
    #10 – Again, colors and sharpness are awesome, but I really like the composition.
    These rock!!

  16. July 23, 2014 at 8:26 am —

    I like #12

  17. July 23, 2014 at 8:26 am —

    My vote is for #9. I love that one! I kept coming back to it after I had seen the rest. Guess that means it was my favorite! I think it looks like it could be used in a nat geo magazine. Great work!

  18. July 23, 2014 at 8:22 am —

    I’m not seasoned in photographing wildlife either, but aesthetically number 9 or 13 works best for me. There’s such a focus on just the bird! But, if you want the picture to also include the true background you saw it in, I like 7 and 8 as well. More of an opinion instead of expertise but I hope it helps anyway!

  19. July 23, 2014 at 8:22 am —

    I like 3,4,5,7,9,18 of the eagles.

  20. July 23, 2014 at 8:18 am —

    Just wanted to say….. BEAUTIFUL captures Jodi!

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