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fstopper89
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I agree 100% with MBC’s last post above. His workflow is similar to mine, assuming he uses Lightroom to import and rate/pick/reject his images right away. I do the same. I import all the images from a shoot (typically, for an average family shoot, it’s somewhere over 100, a wedding, just over 1000). Before doing any editing, I plug in my external hard drive and do an immediate backup. Occasionally, my Macbook overheats and since I only have 4 gb of RAM (when I can afford it, I will be upgrading to a newer computer that can take 8, it’s a huge inconvenience.) and when it overheats sometimes Lightroom crashes and whichever image it was trying to read on force-quit, it becomes corrupted. Since I have the images backed up I can just re-import that one. Anyways, I go through and eliminate any bad ones. Then I also rate the rest with stars. I usually present the clients with 30 ish finished images, and those are the best of the best. I NEVER include the unedited or RAW files on the disk. (I give my clients the option to purchase the disk with print release, or to purchase prints from me). My contract states all this. You should not show clients your so-so or bad images because he’s right, they’ll see those and use that in their overall impression of your work. MBC, I envy that you can get the majority of a wedding done in 2 hours. I can’t wait to be that good someday. Right now since I have another job and photography is not my main source of income, I have to unfortunately work around that stuff and I procrastinate a little.

To the original poster- the others are right, you need to work on technical skills a bit. When I first started I didn’t know the importance of using my ISO and aperture correctly depending on the situation. I can tell you shoot at an f-stop around 8 maybe? You should shoot much lower than that, especially when it’s only one or two people in the photo. You need to isolate your subject from the background much more. I’m not trying to be mean, but a few of those images I feel like anybody could have taken with their point-and-shoot. The angle too is just blah. Like this one: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151337157193714&set=pb.119281728713.-2207520000.1352771548&type=3&theater . However, I think this image is great! I maybe would have adjusted the white balance a bit, but there’s evident emotion and the image looks much sharper. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151285307153714&set=pb.119281728713.-2207520000.1352771642&type=3&theater . Overall, I think some of your images are MUCH stronger and more technically-sound than others.