"I'm really enjoying doing real estate photography part-time (I'm semi-retired). I don't do enough shooting to warrant outsourcing my photos and to be honest, I'm not really crazy about that idea anyway. I would like to get better at editing though. Especially getting more efficient with my editing in Photoshop. Do you have any suggestions?"
Thanks for writing in, Bhavani. Yes, it's my sense that more and more photographers are outsourcing their editing. Certainly, if you're a volume shooter or your have a team of shooters to achieve volume, then this makes a great deal of sense. After all, who wants to shoot several homes a day and then stay up until all hours of the morning editing those photos?
That said, I also know that there are many shooters like you, Bhavani, who are perfectly happy doing one or two shoots a day or a few shoots per week. Even though you don't have the pressure of editing multiple shoots a day, I think there's still value in being efficient in your editing workflow. One of the things that I think most experienced Photoshop users do is take advantage of Photoshop's "Actions" feature. An Action within PS is a process in which you record all editing steps you take (in the order you take them) in-between pressing the "start" and the "stop" button.
If you haven't been using actions as part of your workflow, then I'd encourage you to do so, Bhavani. One of my favorite online resources for Photoshop is Aaron Nace, the owner of PHLEARN. He's a really engaging presenter and he definitely knows his stuff! Anyway, to view the video and to read a bit more about Photoshop Actions, please click here.
For some of the more experienced PS users in the community, what additional efficiency tips do you use in your editing workflow?