7 Steps To Find Your Project 365 +1 Work FlowPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Dec 29, 2011 in 365, Blog | 8 comments
Do you only upload photos from your card when you feel the urge? Or do you clear your card minutes before an event when you realize you have no room left?
Success with 365 (or 366) happens when you make it a habit. The more routine the process becomes, the more success you will have.
For me that means creating a work flow I can stick with.
Create your work flow routine. Write it down. It doesn’t need to be daily, but it does need to be regular. You want 365 to become routine just like brushing your teeth each morning. It happens on auto pilot and you couldn’t imagine skipping it! For you that may be daily, weekly, or some other time period. Find yours. Stick with it and your 52 weeks will fly by leaving with you a finished masterpiece at the end.
Here is my work flow:
Upload Photos To Lightroom
Any program will work. Lightroom, Aperture, PSElements, and iPhoto are just a few options.
I like the flexibility of Lightroom as well as the ability to quickly process multiple photos. I save my photos in daily files in a Yearly Catalog. I’ve found Lightroom runs much more efficiently when I limit the number of photos in my catalogs.
Keyword All Photos
I add keywords to each photo in the Library after I’ve uploaded a day’s photos. I try to include a variety of keywords including:
You’ll find more information about my key wording strategy in this post at Debbie Hodge’s Get It Scrapped.
Select my photo of the day (POTD)
This can be a fast process or a long, difficult one. I try to make my choice quickly. My photo may represent my day or I might simply choose my best photo from the day. Occasionally I will call on others to help with my decision like I did on this day and on this day.
Add POTD and 365 Keywords
Once I’ve selected THE photo for my photo of the day I add two keywords – POTD and 365. I can quickly find all of my 365 photos with a Smart Collection in Lightroom. I sometimes open my smart collections to see the work I’ve done through the year. I love having them in one quick spot to review.
Edit My Photos
I rarely post process all of my photos taken on any given day. I do try to post process my PTOD.
My typical edits include:
- Adjust white balance
- Adjust exposure
- Adjust blacks
- Adjust clarity
- Add preset
Give My POTD A Name
I save each 365 photo to my POTD file with the name POTD 01-01-2012 – 4312.jpg
In Lightroom I choose Export. I’ve created an Export Preset for saving my POTD. It fills the information I need to save each of my 365 photos. I adjust the date and save the file.
All of my 365 photos are saved in year specific files:
I am then able to open the individual files to quickly view my 365 photos. I reference this file often for blog posts, daily emails, and class writing and marketing. It is also a nice place to have them when I want to review my progress (are you hearing that as a theme yet?)
I also save to my POTD file FTW (for the web). This is a smaller file that I save using a Lightroom Preset I created specifically for my web photos.
In June of this year I started adding the original file number to my pots file names. I found it much easier to find the original file when that number remained with the jpeg. I don’t need to find the original very often, but it comes in very handy when I do need it.
Share My Photos
I am very good at doing this at the beginning of my projects, but definitely fall a few days behind when things get busier. I then try to catch up on weekends when I can. At the very minimum, I upload my photos and select my photo of the day on a weekly basis.
Enjoy The Process
Falling behind and getting overwhelmed with the process is the biggest contributor to not completing your 365 project.
Your work flow doesn’t have to match mine. Create a flow that works for you. Need more help? My friend Kayla can give you guidance in her class Finding Photo Flow.
What is manageable given the time and obligations in your life? Find yours and you’ll make the year a success!
What is your process?