A BRILLIANT WORKFLOW
An efficient workflow is essential for a pro photographer. But Lou Coetzer does not use Lightroom…
How do you stay on top of your workflow?
I think I am very effective in my workflow. I’m more effective, truthfully, than anybody I have ever worked with – and that’s including pros. I don’t use the software that they’re using. Everybody is working with Lightroom. For me Lightroom is way, way too slow.
So what do you work with?
I work with Photo Mechanic (www.camerabits.com). Now, coming from a sports photography world, that’s what all the photojournalists use. It’s a brilliant workflow. When I download my images I will ingest them through Photo Mechanic, I will rename them and that name is going to stay with that photograph forever. As they are renaming I am rating the images, and the rated ones go into a ‘To Edit’ folder. Out of that I will edit images, and they will go to an ‘Edited’ folder, and that will go into ‘Final Archiving’. So by the time I go on my next trip, my archiving is up to date because all my archiving is based on a RAW file and not on a JPEG reference file like with Lightroom.
My editing I still do in Nikon Capture NX2. It’s just so much faster than anything else out there. I absolutely haven’t found anything more powerful, more precise or quicker to edit with than Capture NX2. I take my editing seriously because I’ve been in a darkroom since I was 14 years old. The final image is very important to me; it’s got to be impeccable, with no blown whites. I find Capture NX2 and Photo Mechanic to be absolutely perfect tools to work with.