My Post-Production Workflow (June 2012)

My Post-Production Workflow for June 2012: 
  1. Shoot photographs in Canon 5D Mark II DSLR in sRaw 1 (14.8MB/3861 x 2574/9.9 MP).
  2. Put 16GB SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card (60MB/s) into Lexar UDMA Firewire 800 CF card reader.
  3. Open Lightroom 4.1
    • Select images to import > Select metadata preset > Designate destination folder on computer’s HDD.
    • Write photographs/files to designated folder on computer’s HDD > Wait for computer to write .XMP files/metadata to all files.
  4. Eject Lexar CF card reader after import.
  5. Edit images/Review caption information
  6. Export edited images into temporary file on computer’s HDD. (These edited images will be uploaded to servers/the internet/etc, then the file & its contents are trashed afterwards).
  7. Repeat throughout the month for every photo assignment.
  8. At the end of the month:
    • Move all images from folder on computer’s HDD to external harddrive No.1 (Iomega), via USB 2.0, manually.
    • Then, connect second external harddrive – harddrive No. 2 – (Seagate), via USB 2.0, and manually copy updated contents from harddrive No. 1 (Iomega) to this harddrive (No.2).
  9. Mirror Lightroom catalog across both external harddrives manually by copying/pasting from computer’s HDD to both external harddrives.

Issues with this workflow:

  1. Lightroom is slow to start. With no other programs running, Lightroom 4.1 takes 23 seconds to start up.
  2. Importing photographs through Lightroom takes a long time. This could be a result of:
    1. CompactFlash card speed
    2. CF Card Reader
    3. Settings in Lightroom (listed below)
    4. Computer specs such as RAM, RPM of HDD, processor, etc.
    5. All of the above
    6. Something else…
  3. Exporting images out of Lightroom is also slow, but slightly faster than importing.
    • I assume this is because images that are exported are generally smaller in resolution, and because there are far fewer images being exported than imported.

Laptop Specs: 

  1. MacBook Pro, 15″, Late 2008
  2. Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  3. Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  4. Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
  5. Software: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11ES3)
  6. Display: Built-in Color LCD Display – 15″ – 1440 x 900.
  7. Storage: 500GB SATA Disk — 398.41 GB free out of 499.25 GB.

Lightroom 4.1 Specs: 

  1. On import:
    • Render Previews is set to ‘Standard’; could change this to ‘1:1’, but don’t need it.
  2. File Handling:
    • Standard Preview Size: 1440 pixels (same as MB Pro display size)
    • Preview Quality: Medium
    • Automatically Discard 1:1 Previews: After 30 Days
  3. Camera Raw Cache:
    • Maximum Size: 25.0 GB
  4. Metadata:
    • Offer suggestions from recently entered values (On)
    • Include Develop settings in metadata inside JPEG, TIFF, and PSD files (On)
    • Automatically write changes into XMP (Off) 
  5. Lightroom catalog optimized.
  6. Most settings above were applied in attempt to optimize lightroom performance. Settings were commonly found throughout LR optimization articles such as this one: http://xposurepro.com/lightroom/lightroom-tutorials/optimize-lightroom-how-to-make-lightroom-3-faster
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