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Work Flow Again

I’m giving a class on workflow again.  This time to the Stony Brook Camera Club my home club.

I just finished editing and updating the presentation.

Pricing on storage continues to go down which is great for people looking for cloud storage options.  My workflow continues to be stable.

Here is the workflow presentation.

Workflow 2016



Last night at the Stonybrook Camera Club here in Wrentham, MA, ( I had a chance to present a class on workflow.  In the planning of this workshop, I decided to focus on helping the photographer define their own workflow by identifying the elements important in creating their own.  I outlined 6 major steps from capturing the image to delivering the finished product.  The ideas behind each step came from a conversation I had online at the Canon EOS Digital Photography Forum on LinkedIn along with research across the web plus my own point of view.

My workflow centers around Adobe’s Lightroom so I also have to send a thank you to Scott Kelby for writing the book on Adobe Light Room workflow:

I just posted the slides on my website at  It is available for use under creative commons license. 

For those wondering how the presentation went.  For the most part I think very well.  I think the Powerpoint posted was well received.  I did have a few “Murphy Law” issues.  My projector overheated prior to starting because it was placed in a closed cabinet and my Lightroom catalog became corrupted which never happened before.  Luckily I had a backup. 

Web References used in this presentation:

The digital photography connection:




“Develop workflow”








Another set of workflow articles:



Some Magic on the Disney Magic

I read this article in Popular Photography after shooting a series of firework photographs.  I realized a made a bunch of mistakes.  I hadn’t done most of the things this article recommended.  Although I had a tripod, I found that by bringing up the ISO to 1600 and shooting relatively fast by hand, I got these images that looked more like something in space.  By the way, I love them…  So what to do.  Well the article also stated that I shoot the background ahead of time so that i could place the fireworks within that background.  Well the baseball field and school parking lot really wasn’t very interesting.  So I planned to shoot a background on my vacation to layer my fireworks into.

The plan was to shoot the Disney Magic Ship during one of the evening of my vacation.  I planned the shot to have enough night space to insert the fireworks.  At 1:00 AM I was found wondering the ship looking for a good lighting opportunity.  The deck was wet after the cleaning crew had just pass by.  I shot deck 10 at ISO 1000, 1/20th of a sec at F3.5.  (I should have shot at a longer time at a higher aperture to get a sharper image but thats a learning experience)

It is true that The Disney Magic is the only ship allowed to shoot off fireworks at sea.  This happens not to be that event.  Had it been, the entire deck would be crowded with people dressed as pirates.