I recently did a commercial job which had a precise schedule over two days. I have done this kind of event photography before, but this time using Aperture, I planned on cutting my post processing time, with some pre-production work in Aperture; and it worked like a charm.
I had the schedule of events for the day’s shoot. In all, there were ten components that needed to be covered during the day. I created a project called Wednesday (I’ll keep the real project name secret to protect the innocent) and then created an album for each of the sessions I would cover. Thankfully I only needed to create one metadata pre-set that I would use for all of the day’s shoot, with caption and keyword info, but if I needed to, I could have created a different set of metadata for each session.
I wasn’t sure how efficient this would be and wondered if I would have time to import each sessions’ take before I had to start shooting the next one, but it all worked out great. By the end of the day, I had my shoot, neatly organized into individual session albums with all the metadata and key-wording done!
This sped up my post processing and let me quickly find particular images that I needed to email ASAP for the client’s website.
The WhiBal Card
Another way I sped up my “aftershoot”, was to use a WhiBal Card, as a white balance reference that would save me buckets of time later. The WhiBal Card harkens back to the day, when 18 per cent gray cards were used for accurate reflective exposure readings with our cameras. But this one is for white balance, and it’s just as simple to use.
You photograph the card in the same light as your subject, making sure the card is positioned to minimize glare. This is easy to do, since the WhiBal people have included a highly reflective black sticker on the card that is easy to angle for minimum glare.
Since I was shooting speakers at the podium in available-light, as well as flash; I took WhiBal Card shots of both lighting scenarios.
With a click of the dropper on the gray area of the card, the white balance is accurate and the color looks natural.
In Aperture, I clicked on the white balance dropper, activate the loupe to make sure I hit the gray area of the card, and I’ve corrected the white balance. I then “lift” this white balance change, select all others shot in similar lighting, and “stamp selected images”. The card is small enough to take anywhere, and I plan to do so and use it whenever I can. Less computer time = more time for everything else.