My Post-Production Workflow (June 2012)
My Post-Production Workflow for June 2012:
- Shoot photographs in Canon 5D Mark II DSLR in sRaw 1 (14.8MB/3861 x 2574/9.9 MP).
- Put 16GB SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card (60MB/s) into Lexar UDMA Firewire 800 CF card reader.
- 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.
- Eject Lexar CF card reader after import.
- Edit images/Review caption information
- 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).
- Repeat throughout the month for every photo assignment.
- 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).
- Mirror Lightroom catalog across both external harddrives manually by copying/pasting from computer’s HDD to both external harddrives.
Issues with this workflow:
- Lightroom is slow to start. With no other programs running, Lightroom 4.1 takes 23 seconds to start up.
- Importing photographs through Lightroom takes a long time. This could be a result of:
- CompactFlash card speed
- CF Card Reader
- Settings in Lightroom (listed below)
- Computer specs such as RAM, RPM of HDD, processor, etc.
- All of the above
- Something else…
- 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.
- MacBook Pro, 15″, Late 2008
- Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
- Software: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11ES3)
- Display: Built-in Color LCD Display – 15″ – 1440 x 900.
- Storage: 500GB SATA Disk — 398.41 GB free out of 499.25 GB.
Lightroom 4.1 Specs:
- On import:
- Render Previews is set to ‘Standard’; could change this to ‘1:1’, but don’t need it.
- File Handling:
- Standard Preview Size: 1440 pixels (same as MB Pro display size)
- Preview Quality: Medium
- Automatically Discard 1:1 Previews: After 30 Days
- Camera Raw Cache:
- Maximum Size: 25.0 GB
- 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)
- Lightroom catalog optimized.
- 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