Photography Workflow 101

  • Photography as a field
  • Workflow basics
  • Workflow resources

Photography is a very awesome field. It requires dedication, commitment and a whole lot of practice. For a beginner, it is important to learn the basics. You have to master the fundamentals before even thinking about the advanced stuff. That way, you will have a solid foundation of the field and you will have a better chance of developing and improvising your technique. Among the fundamentals is the workflow. This usually applies to digital photography.


A digital photography workflow is a system of working with images from beginning to end. Here’s a general outline of a photographer’s workflow.

  1. Camera setup and taking photos
  2. Saving images to the computer
  3. Use of software for post processing
  4. Archiving of photos
  5. Processing images
  6. Export and backing up of images
  7. Publishing finished product either by printing or posting on the web

Of course each workflow varies depending on how a photographer prefers it. But overall, those are the basics. If you are not quite sure about what workflow to follow though, there are lots of workflows posted on the internet. Just do a little research. A good way to start is to read workflow reviews by photographers so that you can get a good idea if it’s any good or not. Each step of a workflow can be broken down into another set of workflow. Say for example the processing of images. There are several ways on how to do it. It is up to you on how you go about it.

There are several factors affecting a photographer’s workflow. One is technique and another is preference. So, it is better to pick up and start doing. A good way to start, as stated above is to read workflow reviews by photographers. Make it as your basis when you start developing your own workflow. That’s how I did it.

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