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Question on work flow for news paper shooters

 
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Apr 17, 2013 18:48 |  #1

I recently was offered a freelance gig shooter for the local paper.
It's mostly high school sports.

I read several other posts regarding workflow. They mostly recommended software.

The paper specifies either Photo Mechanic or Photoshop.

So, here's the question; with Photo Mechanic, how do you manage to cull 200-250 shots down to 50-60 quickly with minimal processing?


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Apr 17, 2013 18:50 |  #2

Cull using software of your choice (ex. FastStone Image Viewer) and then processes the "keepers" with Photoshop or Photo Mechanic (?)


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Apr 17, 2013 19:23 |  #3

Photo mechanic allows you to import(ingest) images that have been locked in camera. That is the best way to narrow down images quickly.


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Apr 17, 2013 22:34 |  #4

Photoshop and Photomechanic are two different beasts. Photomechanic is for photo management... importing, captioning, etc. I agree with xchangx though, I usually tag/lock my keepers in camera, and import "locked photos only" in photomechanic. But even if you don't tag in camera, PM creates previews really quickly so it's quick and easy to cull your images by tagging your keepers with the "T" key. But really, the key point in using photomechanic for photojournalistic use is the quick and easy captioning. Only drawback is very minimal editing can be done (cropping and sharpening mainly), so you have to get it right in camera. That's why it's nice to have photoshop handy for more in depth editing when needed.


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Apr 18, 2013 06:19 |  #5

As the others have said you can lock the images in camera of the ones you think you might submit, then only bring those into photomechanic. My only difference would be is I rate the images in photomechanic then you can sort them by rating, tag, then copy to a new folder for upload. The drawl back to PM is again you can do only minor adjustments.

Another option which which I'll use more is Light Room. With LR you can again rate the images, apply a caption to a selected group of images, then go back to add names, therefore it does take a bit longer to caption. But I'm able to do all of my adjustments a LOT faster then doing it one image at the time using PS. And my work flow will be different for different publishers. I have one daily where my deadline for sports is noon, so I have a lot of time inbetween the end of the game and when I need to submit. Most others the deadline is 9PM that day. So to answer your question, here you go.


For 9PM deadline I'll have the rosters already setup in PM before heading to the game. Then at half time or 8:30 which ever comes first) I'll bring in the images I've locked into LR, crop the first image per specks, make any adjustments (WB, noise adjustments, color, exposure and so on), then sync the rest of the images to it. Then I'll cull these shots after cropping each one individually. Then export. Then I'll bring them into PM for captioning, then submit then either leave or shoot the rest of the game.

If you only buy one piece of software, for what you're doing it would be LR. You can add a boiler plate, if you will, caption to a group of selected images, and then one by one add the additional information they require to each. For my small papers the reporter already knows each of the kids on each team and will write the caption himself. All he wants to know is when the image(s) were taken (first quarter, inning, set, ect.) An easy way to do this is take a shot of the score board between each quarter/inning and that will be your marker. My larger daily's will require me to write all captions. Some just require the what and when, other require the who, what/what and when.

As far as PS, I can't think of the last time I've ever used it for sports. LR and PM does everything I need. I could get by with PM, but it would be tougher.

Lastly LR 5 is now available for free beta download. You might want to download a copy, and give it a try and then buy PM and learn how to setup your roster files. I think by the time the beta is up (at which time it will expire on your computer) you'll realize how much you'll need LR. That should give you around 90 days between the time you buy PM and when you have to pay for LR, making it a bit easier for your wallet.


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Apr 18, 2013 07:08 |  #6

I actually use both, Photo Mechanic and Photoshop, when I'm doing stuff myself (in most cases lately I just transmit straight from camera via wifi and 3G modem, and people in office deal with rest).
But when I'm on my own, I use Photo Mechanic for ingesting card (ingesting only locked files is option, but personally I shoot jpeg only, which means 1 or 2GB of images (mostly less then this) are ingested via firewire reader in less then minute, which means I don't have problems if I ingest everything), caption template is assigned to images and files are renamed during ingest already. Then I select those I want to send, mark them with appropriate color tag, so they are grouped and selected later easier and faster, edit caption (normally that means just adding name of athlete(s) on photo to previously assigned caption), edit photo in Photoshop (more or less cropping and levels), and then I also transmit photos from Photo Mechanic (via ftp).
Once you get some experience, you can pick photos just from looking thumbnails already, which means you are done picking photos literally in few second.


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Apr 18, 2013 13:47 |  #7

I use PhotoMechanic then sometimes Lightroom and always photoshop. Very important to establish a good workflow.


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