2008 was one of my busiest years as a Photographer. I really over booked myself and was not prepared for the amount of work that I took on. I got behind on shoots, my turn around suffered thus Clients and Model were not happy with me. The biggest road block back then was post production.
So faced with this workflow issue here is how I addressed it:
Schedule editing/retouching time when you schedule the shoot You don't have time to procrastinate your editing and retouching with shooting if you don't have the time. Schedule your post work when you schedule the shoot. Bonus for me is that if I finish my post work ahead of schedule then that's newly available shoot time!
Nail the in-camera capture
90% of my image is done in-camera. The key to this is good pre-production and shooting discipline. Plan as much of your shoot as you can. I know some of you adore fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type shooting but at least scout your location, sequence your sets and nail your exposure and lighting so you don't have to fix things in post which is huge time vampire.
Do a tight edit
Try to get your selects down to the fewest number possible. Less images to retouch equals less time spent in post. You should know how much time it takes to retouch an image and how much time you can spend on retouching the shoot. For example, if I'm aiming for 2-3 hours of post-work (not counting the hour for ingesting the images and culling the edit) for a portrait shoot that 120-180 minutes. If I spend 10 minutes per images that 12-18 images max that I can do for a shoot.
Batch process and automate your retouching
Batching when you can at various steps in the retouch saves time. Develop techniques that allow you to save time in the retouch. One way to do this is to automate as much as you can. Presets and actions for Lightroom, Photoshop or what ever image processing program you use can help speed things along. Also, I'm a big fan of filters especially, Alien Skin Exposure and the Nik Collection.
If you have any tips that you want to share please comment below!