When I do mentoring, one of the things I am surprised by is that many photographers do not have efficient workflows in place. Very often it’s as simple as them being stuck. They’ve done things the same for so long they just can’t see any other way to accomplish the end goal. Here are some common mistakes that I often see
Not having a structured back up system. The first thing that should be in place is that your stuff should all be in one place! Keeping your filing system consistent is key. Every client file should be numbered in a consistent manner. Whether you name your files with client last name and date or date and then client last name doesn’t matter. What matters is that you do it the same every time. Doing it this way will prevent you from having to search which means losing production time.
Cluttered workspace. We all have our own messy habits, but if yours is preventing you from finding your mouse and tablet, it’s time to look at your workspace and make some changes. For some people the changes are clutter, for others it means finding a dedicated workspace and not working from their couch. A clean and organized workspace will keep you on task, and it’s been proven that you are less distracted when you are in a space that means “work”.
Outdated software. When Adobe went to a pay per month, some photographers groaned and swore to never upgrade their services. But when you do this, you are doing a disservice to your workflow. As technology marches on, that extra few seconds you put up with in the editing process is costing you time. Also, new updates mean better and faster color correction and editing tools available for you. And let’s not forget that eventually you’ll upgrade that camera and it won’t be supported in that Dinosaur 2.0 you’re using. Upgrade and save yourself the hassle and get your time back for shooting and selling.