I'm screwed ... way too many pictures!

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I'm screwed ... way too many pictures!

Okay, I have no idea how I'm going to get this all done. My cousin's daughter got married on Saturday, and I got to hang out with the photographer the whole time. There was a 3 hour gap between the wedding and reception - the wedding party hopped on a limo bus and rode into St. Louis for pictures. I went with. I have about 700 pictures. I deleted a bunch off my camera to make room. Stupidly I shot RAW + jpg for the first 270 pictures. That by itself is killing me (I'm in review mode right now, and having to go through those twice is annoying).

Anyhow, for those who have had to edit a LOT of pictures, how do you do it and stay sane?

I promised my cousin and the mother of the groom that I'd send them discs with pictures (they're still ordering from the photographer, I wasn't allowed to have his angle). This means that the majority will have to be converted to jpg. This is going to take a while.

Any advice on this one? I'm trying to narrow down the best, but it's HARD. Top that off with the fact that I deleted most of the bad ones as I went along because I was running out of room - this means there's more good ones than usual (please tell me that just made sense).

I can't wait to share some of them with you, along with posting about the overall experience. But that might take a while. Lol

I have a maternity shoot and family shoot Fri/Sat - sure hope I'm done the wedding pictures by then!

Good thing school starts tomorrow - two kids out of the house for 8 hours will help.

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WOW!! Take lots of deep breaths -you can do this
:bighug:

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Just take it one step at a time. Delete anything that's not perfect and narrow down duplicate pictures to just one or two. Work from the beginning in RAW so that you can use the "previous settings" option to full advantage.

Take your time...set goals for yourself to keep yourself on target, but not working too much. I always tell my clients that it will be up to 3 weeks before I finish their images...even if I think it's going to take 2 days. Take your time, take your time, take your time. It's easy to get overwhelmed.

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thanks for the tip on the previous settings. I'm planning on working all in RAW. I'm still in review mode ... 451 more to go. Ugh. I gotta get to bed!

Smile

I did try one edit but I'm not happy about the shine on bride's forehead. Gotta call it a night before I try to tackle that one. Lol (I think I'll leave those kinds of edits to the "real" (i.e.paid) photographer)

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That's a typical amount of pictures that the photo I work with takes during a wedding! She goes through and raw processes them in ACR, then picks her favourite to fully process and blog. She doesn't fully process all of the images - only maybe one or 2 out of each series so the client can see what they look like and then she'll process only what they purchase after that!

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Aaaahhh... that's a lot of pictures. I agree with Amber and Jen, to pick the ones that are worthy. When I take pictures of my kid usually end up like 200 + but I narrow it down just to the ones that I think is worthy to process.

Can't wait to see pictures!!!

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Sounds overwhelming but Jen and Amber have given you good advice!

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"jendodd" wrote:

That's a typical amount of pictures that the photo I work with takes during a wedding! She goes through and raw processes them in ACR, then picks her favourite to fully process and blog. She doesn't fully process all of the images - only maybe one or 2 out of each series so the client can see what they look like and then she'll process only what they purchase after that!

This is what I do with my headshot clients. I put up over 400 images from the session, but I only post process one from each location so they can get an idea of what the processing will look like.

Never thought about applying this concept to event photos....but it's a great idea.

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I agree, take it one step at a time. And hooray for silence in the house while the kids are at school! Smile I can't wait to see some shots!

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Whoa Gwen! It sounds amazing, but really overwhelming. BUt I know you rocked them. Smile Can't wait to see a few.

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It can be so overwhelming! Something I do that helps me--I go through the pictures really quickly, and for the ones that really stand out, I give them 5 stars in bridge (hit command-5 on a mac, control-5 on a PC). That helps to narrow it down. Then, I sort in bridge by rating, so only the photos rated as 5 stars show up first. For photos that are very similar, I take the time to pick the BEST one. This helps me to get down to the 30 or so pictures that are the best from the set (with that many photos I think you'll have way more than 30!).

Take a deep breath though, you'll be fine! HTH! Smile

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thanks for the helpful advice. Wink I used the tagging feature, and tagged 233 of them to edit. But not truly edit really, just to process in ACR. I don't know how many will get true editing Lol I have to do some head swapping though.

"blonderose" wrote:

I agree, take it one step at a time. And hooray for silence in the house while the kids are at school! Smile I can't wait to see some shots!

only two are in school ... but now one is napping and the other is watching tv. I really should be mopping the kitchen, but I can't get away from the computer.

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Im so excited to see them! I dont have any new advice, but have learned lots from reading this post! lol!

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I can't wait to see Gwen! I am sure they are all amazing!

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53 complete ... 101 more just finished in ACR and are all opened in PSE7 (yikes!) waiting for me in the morning. I'll just leave my computer on overnight. And then another 80 to process after that. I'm only fully editing about 10% of the 233 though, doing all edits in chronological order. Can't wait to show you girls some!

My version of ACR doesn't have the "previous settings" option. As much as I'm finally comfortable with PSE, I'm thinking that I really need to upgrade.

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I'm excited to see the edits! Smile