Posts Tagged ‘workflow’

Posted by ScottJarvie at August 26, 2011

Category: (A) Trash the Dress

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I did my workflow live on youtube

Here’s the post on Google+

And here’s the REPLAY of the workflow video.
Grab some food, perhaps do some other work while it streams on another monitor.
Just like the work I do… It’s time consuming.

See the Full gallery of Images here

Not much else to say about these pictures… nothing else that wasn’t already talked about during the 6hr presentation/workflow.

Every hour we did something different. 2hrs in the bride and groom saw the live streaming and joined.

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

(Photo by Laurel Scott)

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Bootcamp Day 7 – The Wedding

In the morning we just worked in the office – working with workflow some more, including keywording and editing in lightroom.
Practicing rating for the first time was great – because just seeing which images one picks each time through is a little different. Just comparing the images to the good ones around it makes it a lot easier to choose the good ones. And the more times you see an image, the better – so the images at the top of the rating pyramid have been seen the most times and picked accordingly.

About Lightroom: when it comes to editing, faster is better – so there may be more than one way to do something, you want to do it the way that will be faster in the end. If you have to darken something and lighten other things because of it, maybe it would’ve been faster to just selectively darken instead, or vice-versa. Saving time is always vital – so the faster you can do something the better. Don’t get complacent.

Key-wording – is important!

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

The wedding:

We then headed out to the wedding, which was a great experience. In a lot of ways, there was a lot more going on at the wedding than at the other things we’ve been to. Having to work around all the guests is a lot different than working with only people who are there for a photoshoot. So being conscientious of the wedding guests is very important. The way the guests perceive the photographer is a very important aspect of photographing a wedding.

One thing that seems overlooked when it comes to weddings, is when it is okay to take a small break. You have to know what the schedule is for the wedding, and about when different things will happen so that you can always be ready for the really important moments. You don’t want to be off changing your gear or anything else when they suddenly cut the cake, throw the bouquet, etc.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

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(Photo by Angela Terry)

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Mish-Mash

In the morning we more fully introduced to SmugMug. This is where Scott has his photos in galleries for clients to view their photos but it is also capable to order the prints. So a client can go into their gallery in SmugMug, at their convenience, and view their pictures and then also order them. From there Scott gets a notification via email and he can then do any edits the couple requests and then send the order off to the printers. The prints get sent right to the client. Pretty Cool.

We also worked on key-wording. Key-wording is very beneficial. If you keyword your pictures in Lightroom, it can then transfer over into SmugMug and it is easier to sort the pictures by keyword then by picking through all of them one by on.

At night we went to a wedding and reception. I learned it helps to have extra people around to organize the wedding party for pictures. I also worked a lot with my ISO. Working it with the low lighting and working in a group without getting in the way. I want to get the picture, but not be in the way of our client’s fun.

I think that is the most I have gotten out of this whole week experience is learning my camera better. I don’t do a lot of indoor pictures, or low lighting pictures. I do mainly natural light. So this has really helped me learn my camera better, improve my skills and stretch myself to be a better photographer.

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(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)

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WEDDING DAY!

Starting the day in the office, Scott showed us some of the basics of a photo hosting website called SmugMug. He uses this as his primary hub to not only show his photos to his clients but as a side benefit the website also serves as an online portfolio as well as a way to “grab” those photos from one central point and pull them into other sites such as this blog.

The next thing we learned was keywording through Lightroom. This can be a small or a huge task depending on the photoshoot your working on. However big the task may be, the time spent doing quality keywording can pay off when it comes to internet searches and searches within your own sites. From a marketing standpoint, you of course always want traffic coming to your sites so you may bring in business. From a website standpoint, it is beneficial to navigate directly to the type of content you are looking for. Keywording is essential for these to work efficiently.

Scott then did some photo editing teaching inside of Lightroom. I am fairly familiar with the functions of the “Develop” module within Lightroom. However, Scott taught some very valuable lessons within this. My editing in the past could easily take 5-10 minutes per photo. For me this has always been unacceptable. Scott teaches that there are things you can do to turn many long steps into just a few quick steps. Therefore saving huge amounts of time. In addition, where in the past, I wanted to perfect every single photo, I now look for the very best photos and spend slightly more time on them and less time on the ones that simply were not the greatest. Making the decision on which ones to do with with is achieved through a rating system that is built into Lightroom and utilizing Scotts method of using that rating system.

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

That evening…Wedding time!

Its amazing how knowing certain things in life can help you in something seemingly unrelated. Im sure you all have heard about football coaches having their players take ballet lessons to strengthen their awareness and their abilities to use their bodies. The same thing happened to me today. We as photographers strive to enhance our abilities to see photos within the place we are located. In addition to this, we strive to “see the light” that is available or possible for that particular photo. Having done the learning we did today in Lightroom actually helped me to see even more than before. Through the rating system, we also learned the things that can make up a strongly rated photo. Through the editing system, we learned what a photo or photo situation can become, not just what appears to be.

Photographing this wedding was wonderful. We were lucky to have a beautiful couple, a wonderful family, a very nice location, and just a very good “visual” event to photograph.

Great Day

(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

Photo of a girl with an umbrella in an orchard.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

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Day 3  – “Know when to hold them… know when to fold them.”


This morning we worked on practicing workflow – rejecting images that are blurry, timing each other, and helping each other learn. It is important to help each other because Scott doesn’t have all the time in the world (obviously), and if someone catches onto something faster than others, they can help everyone else learn and catch up.

The teaching experience is a very powerful one. Sometimes when teaching someone else, I end up learning more about what I’m teaching about in the process. To have to explain something to someone else means that I have to be able to put it into words that make sense… which is much harder than simply “knowing” something. Putting the knowledge into words helps reinforce it.

In the orchard:

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(Photos by Laurel Scott)

It was wet and rainy and my shoes got soaked through with cold water – and my pants were wet up to my knees – so that was not so fun, but the day itself was. We took photos of the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy who had done all their own hair and makeup for our shoot. We took them out to an orchard and practiced assisting each other, using flash, using props, and working with the weather. It rained on and off during the day and it was chilly – so we had to be careful with the equipment and our models.

The most beneficial thing of the day was learning to work with lots of different kinds of people. Giving the models directions and interacting with them was great experience. Watching how they reacted to different approaches. Some responded well to humor, others to serious directions only, and some didn’t seem to respond to much at all, which just means that maybe I needed to try something else with them.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

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(Photos by Britney Brent)

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Don’t judge me, I’ll flash you if I want!

WOW! What a difference using a flash when taking portraits makes! I’ve been a “natural light” type of photographer. I loved that there were less shadows, and a really soft look to the pictures. But after looking at pictures from our photo shoot with 30 beautiful Renaissance Hair School students, I saw that using a flash can bring their true beauty to life in a picture.

(Photo by Britney Brent)

Our eyes are attracted to what is lightest in the picture: when you add a flash you help bring the onlooking eye toward what is important; their beautiful faces. When you add a flash the contrast in the picture becomes much higher and the crispness rises. Their eyes literally come to life more.

(Photos by Britney Brent)

I am in LOVE with using a flash now. LOVE IT!!!

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(Photo by Angela Terry)

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Posey Pose

  • Today was a super fun day! We were able to photograph the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy in Provo, Utah in an orchard. They were bubbly and had lots of energy, which made it fun to photograph.
  • Today, in the orchard, I worked on assisting, lighting and working on flashes but I want to focus on what I learned about posing.
  • Working off the client’s energy and personality.
  • Letting them find a natural pose and making small adjustments. Having them look to the light, then away from the light.
  • Just moving the eyes to look at me but keeping their head in the same position.
  • Mixing up the natural poses.
  • Playing little games with them like, making a different pose every 3 seconds, having them switch from a serious look to a funny look and then back to a serious look then a funny look. It really loosens them up and makes it fun.

(Photos by Angela Terry)

  • When posing a group it is good just to give general directions. Most people have been photographed in a group and know the tall people go in the back and shorter in the front. Also if you tell the group to have the front row knee down, you will find out, by who kneels down, who will be willing to kneel on the front row. Again, you will want to just do minor adjustments, or then the people will just hold still and wait for you to pose them, which takes time to do. Pick your battles in posing.

(Photos by Angela Terry)
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(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

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Today we did an awesome photoshoot with the Renaissance Hair Academy of Provo. Scott has arranged for a huge group of cosmetology students to get all dressed up, hair done by each other and ready for a photoshoot in the middle of an orchard.

The best part of this photoshoot aside from the learning is that these girls are all in wonderful bubbly moods and ready to have fun. We first start out with Scott teaching us some methods of getting group shots. He taught something that should be obvious but we as photographer will usually try to control, and this is the fact that these are adults and in general, adults know how to arrange themselves in order of height to get into a group for a photo. After the general grouping is established, we as the photographer can then make adjustments to fill in space. Scott showed us how if we as the photographer were to intervene too quickly, all of the adults will automatically stop forming and sit and wait for us to place each and every one of them. Scott then taught about lighting large groups with a sort of cross lighting. For example, an assistant or a light stand will be placed on the right side of the group and aimed towards the left side of the group to avoid super bright lighting on the side the light is on. This is then done from the other side as well to create… cross light.

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(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

As we go through taking individual shots and small groups, we learned to have fun with our models in order to bring out their personalities. This will get us photos with a true look for each person vs. looking like they were “over posed.”

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

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Bootcamp Day 2 – “Creative Solutions”

Today we worked on workflow in the morning:

  • Reject blurry photos – “X” in lightroom
  • Pick photos to give to the client “P” in lightroom
  • Start the rating process – 1 star, 2 star, etc.

In the afternoon we worked on assisting – which involved setting up and breaking down equipment, moving things around, understanding directions, and learning what the different pieces of equipment do.  We used off-camera flash, radio sync, light sync, manual flash settings, ttl, diffusers, reflectors, LED lights, “the sun,” etc.

Assisting was all about speed and accuracy – both are very important… but if you can “get it wrong fast” that’s ok because you can also fix it fast, and less time is ultimately wasted than if you had spent a long time getting it right the first time.  So following directions, and being able to predict what is wanted, rather than simply stand around waiting for directions, are very important aspects to being a great assistant.
Knowing how to assist is a very important skill, because then in the future, if I were to ever have an assistant helping me, I would know better what kinds of instructions to give to get the result I wanted… fast.

Knowing how to assist is a very important skill, because then in the future, if I were to ever have an assistant helping me, I would know better what kinds of instructions to give to get the result I wanted… fast.

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(Photos by Britney Brent)

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  • Assisting is Prestiging! (Prestigious:)
  • Assisting someone in some eyes may not seem to be a very prestigious job. However, it very much is! A master of photography, such as Scott Jarvie, doesn’t just let anyone assist him BECAUSE of how important an assistant is to a photoshoot.
  • As an assistant it’s so important to KNOW THE EQUIPMENT!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to make QUICK ADJUSTMENTS!!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to LISTEN CLOSELY to instructions!!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to UNDERSTAND THE WORK FLOW of the photographer!!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to know GEOMETRY (if you don’t lol he’ll give you a lesson!)
  • As an assistant it’s so important to LOVE WHAT YOU’RE DOING!!!
  • As an assistant it’s so important to KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S style!!!

Being an assistant for a mentor you love really is a great honor! Latch on and learn every thing you can. Love every second that you have to help him be great. Assisting is a vital role is is a prestigious one… don’t take advantage of the constant learning opportunities that you will have.

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(Photos by Angela Terry)

INTERN 3

“Beep Beep Beep, Beep Beep Beep”

Being efficient is of great importance. There many ways to up your efficiency rate in photography. Using a timer to test how fast your efficiency is just one great tool to help up your efficiency rate.

I have learned that the timer is my friend and is a great tool to help train interns, for good reason. To be good and fast one must learn and practice over and over, and how do you know if you are improving? By timing yourself. It shows improvement and it helps teach yourself with repetition and speed. When working with the light boxes, stands, and flashes; first I learned how to set the items up, but then I was pushed to set them up accurately in a short amount of time. Doing it over and over, trying to beat my previous time before truly helped in my efficiency, but also in my knowledge of the equipment as well as the confidence in using the equipment.

I think the timer has become my new best friend. I now must find a cute timer at Target for my office.

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Day 2 – Basic Lightroom (picking of photos) workflow

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As we work on the photos we have taken, we focus on a software program Adobe Lightroom. This software was created to cater specifically to photographers and their workflow process. It is designed with a basic workflow “built in” but allows for individuals to develop their own specific direction and tools to utilized based on that persons style and needs.

Scott has refined his personal workflow around his editing style and to utilize efficiency as much as possible. As the workflow goes, we progress in layers or steps that narrow down what photos will be worked on and edited. For example: We all get blurry photos for many various reasons. The narrowing down process quickly gets rid of blurry photos and allows the editor to judge to keep or Reject (X Key in Lightroom) ones that might be a little bit softer just in case that particular photo is a unique moment, composition, subject, etc.

The next step in the workflow is to Pick (P Key in Lightroom) the good photos from the ones that may not be so good. Again, by quickly going through and narrowing down to get rid of photos that the editor would simply not want to keep for reasons that should stand out as obviously not a good photo.

We then move on to the first step in the rating process (1,2,3,4,5 Keys in Lightroom (star rating)). At this stage, we either don’t rate (also a 0 star) or add a 1 star to the photo if we want to have that photo continue on as a good photo. This will be continued on very similar to a sports team during their playing season. Al of the teams start out, then progress layer by layer or level by level until they reach the top (1 stars are then narrowed to the better 2s, then 3s, etc. until the very best are 5 stars). Keeping in mind that even the 1 star rated photos will be edited because they were picked as good photos but, the ones that made it to 5 stars will get much more attention towards their editing.

On this day, we also learned how to assist the main photographer. I will discuss this on Day 3 however.

(Photos by Scott Jarvie)

(Photo by Laurel Scott)

 

This is a proposed outline of tonights Lightroom class taking place at 7pm in Provo utah.
It will most likely be recorded and depending on the quality might also be released to the public.
Am I missing anything on the following list? (Of course I am… tell me)

This next entry is from a photographer I met recently. He’s never been one of my workshops and he actually teaches lightroom where he works. So not only is it a fresh perspective but it’s a pretty knowledgeable viewpoint

SAM SCHOLES

What types of photography you do: Urban Decay, Landscape/Scenic, Portraits, Travel/Lifestyle

Vist Him Here>>: http://samscholes.carbonmade.com/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/pictobox/

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I recently did a workshop at PhotoCamp Utah
We discussed in a short 45 minutes how to increase the effeciency at which we edit.

In preperation for the class I asked 4 other photographers at all ranges of ability to submit their WORKFLOW

Each Day – See and compare

I the next few days I will post each of these workflows.
You will be able to see the differences and similarities.

Submit your own

If you’d like to contribute please write up your workflow and we’ll add it. jarvie@jarviedigital.com

We will start with my present workflow.

Scott Jarvie

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