Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘workflow’


Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In my earlier post, Derwent Water from Keswick, I mentioned visiting the viewpoint in Castlehead Wood.  While I was there, I made a sequence of images to create a panorama but when it came to stitching it together, I struggled with the software I was using and was disappointed with the result, particularly eliminating the “seams” or joins.  Recently, I made a useful discovery which changed that… (more…)

Spring clean

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to collect things and that I’m a dreadful hoarder – I’ll hang onto just about anything “just in case it’s useful”.  I’ve had to get better at this in other aspects of my life, simply because I’ve run out of storage space.  And now it’s encroaching on my photography.

I was recently talking to a friend about workflow and he was explaining to me that he deletes any images that aren’t his best.  It reminded me about a post I read a few weeks previously over on Scott Kelby’s blog by Terry White of Adobe.  In explaining his own workflow, Terry advocates deleting any unwanted shots as well.

I’m hitting the limits of my main PC – the data storage disk is straining at the seams, the processor’s capability it coming under increasing question each time I process a shot and despite upgrading the RAM to the maximum the motherboard (and OS) can take I have been getting more “Out of memory” errors recently, especially since I upgraded to version 4 of Photomatix.  The enormous RAW files generated by the 5DmkII are partly to blame, but objectively the PC’s just getting too old for my needs.  While I work out what I want from its replacement, I’ve decided to take these recent hints and have a spring clean of my RAW files.  Of course, I’m not planning to do anything quite as drastic as Flikr have just reportedly done to one unfortunate user 😳

Over the last two nights I’ve cleared over 10GB, and there’s still a loooong way to go.  I’ve already noticed a speed increase on the computer and that’s even before I’ve defragmented the disk.  I feel better about my poor aging computer and that perhaps I can string it out for just a little bit longer.  The other advantage is that I’ve rediscovered some unprocessed shots that I was meaning to work on. 

I probably should have done this a long time ago.

Capture One 6 released

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I’m really excited about the announcement by Phase One earlier this week that they have released a major upgrade to Capture One, the RAW processing software I use.  More inside…


Scottish Fellwalk – post processing workflow

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In an earlier post, I wrote about a shoot I did in August on Ben A’an in the Trossachs.  In this post I’m going to walk through my processing workflow on the Ben Ledi image which I showed you.  Details after the jump…


Durham Cathedral and Memorial

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Well, last weekend didn’t go quite as planned.  I had hoped to get over to the Lake District on Sunday for my first hill walk of the year but the weather conspired against me.  I didn’t much fancy the advertised 80 mph gusts on the tops, especially when they were going to be covered in cloud anyway!  I would have tested my new bag system too, but that will have to wait for another day.   (more…)

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