Creating good habits especially photography habits help to keep your life less stressful. My friends joke around because I’m constantly trying to create self improvement habits for myself. Why not transfer that into photography.
For the month of May we are going to tackle daily editing. Editing seems to be the beast I can’t tame. When I did my Project 365 in 2010, I was so good about uploading and editing daily. It made life easy and I never felt guilty about images sitting on my computer unedited. Fast forward to 2013, and I have more than I want to admit unedited images on my computer. I am bound and determined to get caught up and get back into the habit of editing daily.
I read something a while ago that if you do something straight for 3 weeks it becomes a habit. Let’s tackle this photography habit together!
May Photography Habit: Daily Editing
1. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
Sometimes the thought of editing the 200 pictures you took today is so overwhelming that it is easier to do nothing. I speak from experience. There is something about setting a timer and saying, I will do what I can in this 15 minutes and after the 15 minutes I give myself the choice to stop or continue. It sounds silly but you would be amazed at the things you can get done in 15 minutes (I use this trick in the evening after I put the kids to bed to clean. Let me tell you, I do not like picking up or cleaning after the kids are in bed because I’m beat but it works.)
2. Start with today.
I don’t care if you are two years behind on editing like some people (I am raising my hand). Edit your images from today. Let’s get started on the right foot.
3. Work backwards.
If you still have a few minutes left then work backwards. Seriously, don’t try to edit 2012 (that may be too overwhelming) when yesterdays pictures aren’t edited.
4. Export your images.
Now that your images are edited you want to export them so they are ready for print and the web. Here is a post I wrote about exporting from Lightroom. By exporting your images once your done editing you are saving yourself time when you are ready to print and share them on the web.
Does the thought of editing seem even more intimidating because you aren’t comfortable editing?
Check out these posts on photo editing
– Organizing your photos
– Before and after: Underexposure video
– Lightroom Black and white conversion video
– Sync button in Lightroom
– RAW editing in ACR & Lightroom using the tone curve
– How to create you own preset in Lightroom
Will you join us this month with editing each day? Leave a comment below if you are going to try this new habit and tackle your editing.