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Shoot and Edit: Week 38 - Fall EDIT (Batch Processing) - Ramblings and Photos

September 29, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 38 – Fall EDIT (Batch Processing)
Welcome to the 38th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes (also including previous editing tutorials). This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “Fall” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide a simple/basic or advanced Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or Lightroom tutorial. You can then try my tutorial on your own photos and link up here – linky will now open EARLY on Thursdays and be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look.

We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and now Lightroom…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

We’re getting to a point in our good to WOW journey in which you guys are creating beautiful SOOC shots. Most of you have found a style that works for you, so it’s not like you “need” me to teach you anything in particular. However, if you’re anything like me…you’re finding yourself shooting and processing a lot more photos that you once did. Taking the lead from Amanda at Everyday Elements, I thought we’d talk about BATCH PROCESSING. But before we get to the tutorials, here’s my SOOC shot:
I am just now finding my groove with Lightroom. I made a comment to Michelle that I’ve yet to find my “go to” preset…she responded with “make your own.” I’m not quite there yet, but I have found a few that suite my style pretty well. One of the nice things about Lightroom is that with a click of a button, I can see how my image looked before my editing and after…all in one frame.
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Moving right along…whether you’re working in Photoshop Elements, Photoshop or Lightroom (I can’t speak for any of the other editing programs), batch processing will significantly speed up your workflow. This first photo provides some really useful tips for batch processing in Lightroom…everything from syncing, rating, tagging and exporting.

If you prefer to use Photoshop, I found this tutorial by Linkie Lueville over at Claireography. You may have also seen Mandy’s Photoshop tip on batch processing last August: click HERE. Either way, there’s no reason for anyone to spend hours upon end in the editing room (unless you just enjoy it that much) if you can batch process.

Finally, if you’re using Photoshop Elements, don’t forget to check out Amanda’s tutorial: click HERE. Hopefully these will help you generate even more fantastic images. Here’s my final image:
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So, to recap our lesson, today we discussed Batch Processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Here’s a final look at my SOOC and final edit.
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For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 37 weeks as well as apply today’s lesson or share something you’ve learned recently. I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits. Next week’s theme is “Orange” Have a great Thursday!
Good to WOW

By the way, don’t forget to add your edited photo to our good to WOW {EDIT} Flickr Group (for those of you that prefer to upload and visit that way). When adding your photos to the group pool, be sure to include the Week #, the Theme and EDIT in the description section. You may upload one photo per week. I also want to point out that we are all here to improve our editing skills. When offering constructive criticism (either on Flickr or within blog comment sections), be sure to point out at least one thing you really like about the edit before offering any advice for improvement.

    Awesome edit. I really think you are nailing your edits with Lightroom. I thought you were really good before, but since getting LR you are just blowing me away!!

    How come your photos are always, always so lovely?

    Fabulous edits on this! Love the vintage feel!

    Love the colors in this edit. You really made everything “pop out”. It is a very dreamy capture to begin with but the edit takes it a few steps higher.

    Really great, great result that you obtonido in this beautiful picture.

    PERFECT edit!

    You brought alittle more of a hint of autumn into your edits – lovely job. I can’t wait to read this again and watch the videos when I’ve more time this evening Ashley. I DONT batch process and haven’t got a clue so this is perfect timing, thankyou :)

    beautiful edits ashley! great tips for all with batch editing!

    xoxo jill

    Thank you, Ashley. You’ve helped me figure out why I’d lost interest participating in the Shoot and Edit series. (I still come by every week and look, though.) It’s all the stuff I don’t use and/or cannot work. The presets. The actions. Until somebody sits down with me and shows me how to download and install an action, it’s not going to work for me. And unfortunately, I’m the Elements guru around here with everyone I know.

    The link to Amanda’s tutorial is the first thing in months that makes sense to me. THIS I can do! Thanks! This is one thing that will make my editing faster. And thanks to the Shoot and Edit series and what I’ve learned from you guys and others, my SOOCs are improved to the point that I’m using very little editing (which is good as I can’t figure out actions and I don’t have time to do a lot of editing on each photo).

    Anyways! I love your edit here. It’s not my style, but it’s very moody and evocative. Besides, it’s horses. Who doesn’t love a good horse photo?!

    Great edit. I will have to come back later to watch the videos.

    LR definitely helps speed up processing for me. once i find the right mix {which is usually a preset and some tweaks}, i can apply to multiple photos like magic. love that!

    Love to learn more about batch processing…beautiful edit :)

    nice Ashley ~ like the way the edit softened the color on the horses and made the leaves less of a distraction and more of a point for DOF.

    amazing as always!! i am just loving that shot! thanks for the helpful tips and videos!!!

    Your edit is beautiful! One of the reasons I fell in love with Lightroom immediately is for the batch editing. LOVE.

    Awesome shots Ashley! I hope you will be participating in my brand new weekend challenge! Would you? Would you help me spread the word? That would be greatly appreciate it! Thanks! :)

    Oh I like it! It’s like a scene from a movie!

    Your edit is wonderful, I really love the tones. Thank you for all the linkup’s regarding batch processing. I really need to learn how to do this!

    beautiful processing! Love how your edit brought vintage tones and feel. It goes so well with this image.
    Thanks for the tips and tutorials!

    Awesome edit, Ashley.

    Great edit and I like how you framed the horses. I love Amanda’s tutorials too!

    wonderful edits and advice too, thank you for hosting :)

    Batching in LR is awesome! Much more useful than I expected it to be! The paint spray part of the tutorial looks very handy, I’ll have to look up more information about that–right now syncing tags seems a little less than optimal. Thanks for all the work you do for this series.

    Your edit is very nice, but can I admit I just like your original a little better? The colors just appeal to me a little more.

    That looks amazing Ashley…I really need to get somewhere to take some pictures this weekend…Or I guess I will be taking before and afters of my painting jobs this weekend…among other crafts I need to work on!

    I love how the colours of the leaves pop in your edit. :D

    I tried batch editing in PSE9 last week – but didn’t do it right. Will try again… eventually. ;)

    Amazing edit! Great advice too, i am thinking im gonna have to invest in lightroom soonest! ;)

    hehe… you’re too funny! Yes, ma’am! I said for you to make your own… but I’m in the same boat… just not comfortable yet with figuring out how to make that “perfect go to” preset for myself! :-D

    Great idea for sharing on batch processing: LOVE IT!


    Great processing ;) I {heart} LR ;)

    We have some horses near us and I really gotta befriend their owners. Love your shots, Ashley!

    Thank you for the helpful information. I love the colors in your edit. Thank you again for sharing!

    Oooh, this was a tutorial I needed to see. I’ve been using LR for months and always just use the previous button to copy my settings from the photo before to the current photo…now I can Sync them..AWESOME! That would have helped me oodles last night in the batch I did of my girl Down on the Lane. You’ve made a difference in my process this week. Thank You!