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Rodney Mickle
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Washington DC area based portrait and event photographer

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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 h
ere 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! smile 

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!

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Manyroomsphotography Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to share your extensive gallery.  I got pulled in to look and kept looking at more.  Very creative, erotic, a bit raw in a good way, and technically excellent.
Your journal comments showed experience and wisdom.  Again, thanks for sharing.
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MickleDesignWerks Mar 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
I appreciate your comment :)
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Mann-of-LaMancha Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really sorry, I'm not watching any premium members anymore because of google analytics.
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ratravarman Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent shots with Cwen! There is no end to how spectacular she gets!
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Zen-In-Motion Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic gallery! I've looked through them all and this one --> fav.me/d6bjtif <-- is just outstanding, the red on her with the soft lighting is just beautiful.
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You do some fine work Rodney!
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:iconmuroguy:
You're excellent, just excellent.  You've got a natural eye for what you do +fav +fav 
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FueledbypartII Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is so amazing!!
I love how you compose scenes and models, You have a vivid imagination ^^
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