Goal of the process is a quick sort of the images, to sort the wheat from the chaff. I am not after the perfect image at this stage, just to prune it down to something manageable.
After reading way too many blogs, and then trying a few dozen solutions in both Aperture and Lightroom I came to a conclusion. I needed a quick and easy process, which needs to accommodate my paranoia about somehow deleting that special picture. As a result, I have settled on the following:
- Start Lightroom, then insert the SD Card
- Select “Tim’s Preset” on the bottom right
- Copy as DNG
- Destination: Set to Images-Pending
- Select make s second copy. Set to raw-images
- Set Meta Data Applied on Import to “TMS 2014” (inserts my contact, website and other basic data)
- Select into Sub Folders by Date
- When looking at single scene, pick one image to represent it.
- When doing a review of a scene with many borderline images; use “Auto Tone” on the Tone Control for each image. The White balance presets can also help tweak the images just enough to pick one.
- Pick one to represent the scene and hit the number “2”. This represents 2 stars. Never spend more then 5 seconds picking between two images (Follow you instincts)
- If there are other pictures which might be a contender or that I want to come back too, hit number 1
- If the image should never be published, select the red color for it.
- If the image is really bad; e.g. completely out of focus. Hit “X”. This will reject the photo.
- If needed use “command [” and “command ]” to rotate left or right as needed.