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!
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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.