Saturday, February 18, 2006

Workflow benefits

You see it mentioned often in magazines, books and online articles. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an amateur getting your workflow together will help you create better images more easily. The term workflow has become popular in the digital age but in reality the concept is as old as photography or any other production line process where a systematic approach needs to be adopted for a sequence of actions. It applies equally whether you shoot and develop film in the darkroom or you're a digital snapper using a computer and inkjet printer.

Developing a workflow offers the following key benefits:
  • Less risk of error through forgetting a setting or action
  • Less hassle and worry - you know what you're doing and you know what to expect from each action you take
  • Improved organisation of your time
  • Standardising procedures ensures quality and most importantly results you can easily replicate
  • By having a workflow and standard procedures you know what to do to tweak results - instead of constraining you a good workflow actually frees you to unleash your creativity
I will add an article soon with a concise overview of the things you need to consider to achieve a professional workflow. In the meantime if you have any questions, comments or advice to share please don't be shy. I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers for now.

Paul Indigo
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