Mike asks the question:
I was able to find someone who does a pretty good job at processing my extra work for me. We’re both on Macs and using Lightroom. Is there a good way to send the files from LR to her, let her process them and send them back to be so I can go over her work, make any changes I need to make? Right now I’m sending them as .dng to her and she send them back to me as .jpg, it works but do you have any suggestions that can make more efficient?
You are probably doing it as efficient as it's possible to outsource your post processing. However, I would make a couple of points:
- If I was inclined to outsource post-processing to someone else (which I'm not) I would want RAW files back so I was not limited to trying to adjust JPGs in Lightroom. But the downside of this means you are sending and receiving gigabytes. Probably a shoot folder along with a Lightroom catalogue. I don't know, I've never even tried this. What do others do?
- The pressure to outsource is a result of shooting brackets where there is naturally a lot of time required to do post-processing. Further, If you do HDR processing post-processing takes even more time because you not only have to process the brackets, but you have to fix all the unwanted color effects that occur.
- It is possible, using 2 or 3 manual flashes, to shoot a 3000 SF home in an hour or under and spend 20 to 30 minutes doing post-processing for the whole shoot and delivering it. How to do this is what Scott Hargis's book, Lighting Interiors is about. This is the most efficient way to work. It's so efficient that it completely removes the pressure to outsource your post-processing. And the myth that if you shoot with flash it takes more time on site, is just that - a myth. When you are learning, using flash takes longer, but as you get practiced it takes no more time than shooting brackets.
So the pressure to outsource post-processing as your shoot volume increases is primarily a result of shooting brackets and HDR processing. If you can get the image right in the camera, you don't have to spend a huge amount time in post-processing. That's the most efficient way to work! Eliminate outsourcing completely.