Islands Folk Festival – Editing the Photos

Tuber, Islands Folk Festival 2011

Tuber, Islands Folk Festival 2011

Here it is in the early spring of 2012 and I’m finally spending some time editing the photographs I shot at last years Islands Folk Festival on Vancouver Island. This is a daunting task, sorting through over 5,000 photographs shot over a 3 day period. Granted, this is nothing compared to what many sports photographers shoot, I have heard numbers like 30,000 photos in a weekend for some of them! Where to start?

I generally do a quick run through all of the images either within PhotoMechanic or Expression Media. Both serve the same purpose at this point, purely viewing images quickly, as most of the general keywording and labelling was done long ago. Photographs of interest are rated to separate them from the others.

The whole process will likely take me a few days with perhaps 300 of the best images being run through Nikon NX2 and PhotoShop. Generally I tend to work on the photos with the most “wow factor” first, those shot at the evening performances with great lighting and showing the real party atmosphere. This might not really make sense as it leaves the more mundane music photos for the end of the job but it’s the way I’ve worked on large quantities of images for decades. I guess the rationale here is that when I finally do have to move on to a new project I have pulled out the best of what I shot.

Stay tuned for the update!

Tribe of One, Islands Folk Festival 2011. Providence Farm, Cowichan Valley

Tribe of One, Islands Folk Festival 2011. Providence Farm, Cowichan Valley

Jayme Stone, Islands Folk Festival 2011

Jayme Stone, Islands Folk Festival 2011

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