For my visit to RAF Mildenhall on Monday 18th April I returned after twelve and half hours with 369 photos. Those hours were just the start. The photos will need to be reviewed, keyworded, processed and then uploaded to my website. I decided to keep a track on how long it took me to work through the photos.
This particular visit was slightly different as I was shooting a lot more prop aircraft (mostly C-130 Hercules or variants) and shooting with a low shutter speed to get a good amount of blur on the props. Whereas I would usually shoot between 3 to 6 photos per aircraft usually I was shooting between 8 to 12 to compensate for the higher number of shots that will be soft because of motion blur. This does mean more photos to deal with when I get home though.
Copy the photos onto my PC, import them into Lightroom, generate 1:1 previews (this saves time when I want to view them later) and applying the default metadata to the images.
Applying keywords to the photos. The actual process of applying keywords is very quick in Lightroom but the whole process takes 60 minutes because I need to identify the type and serials of each aircraft. When dealing with USAF serials it gets a bit harder as they truncate the serials when they apply them to the aircraft so rather than just applying the serial as displayed each one has to be looked up to fine the full serial. If there is a new aircraft type I’ve not shot before or a pod attached that I’ve come across I’ll have to research it. The pods are by far the worst thing to try to identify and can take a lot of searching.
Remove the photos that have cut part of the aircraft off, has something distracting in either the foreground or background or is soft / blurred. This is where generating the 1:1 previews in advanced helps as I can view the images at 1:1 to check how sharp the image is without waiting for the image to render.
Select the best image from duplicates and remove the others.
Apply a rating to the photos, crop them if needed and then process them. Each photo is processed individually, I don’t apply the same settings to multiple photos.
Create a web page for photos and add a write up or supporting text. Upload the photos.
There are times I wished I shot JPEG!
I’d be interested to hear how this compares to other people.