Workflow can be a make or break situation in how your business is run. Spending all your time with file naming, culling, or unproductive backup techniques can create not only time constraints but also a negative relationship with your images after your shoot. Following some quick and easy workflow tips will get you back on track and more importantly back to shooting.
Chris Eyre-Walker walks through the 10 steps that help smooth his workflow from importing, file structure, culling, rating, editing, and most importantly the backup. He uses Photo Mechanic, however these steps can be used with Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, or other programs that allow for ratings.
If you are a traveling photographer, a large part of his naming is the country the image was shot in for easy access to locations. The speed in culling is a great tip for us image hoarders as he trashes every image he feels initially does not work for him. Not only will this speed up workflow, but the de-cluttering of images that will never be used can free up needed space.
Backing up images is all a process stemming from virtual collections. First he creates ratings that will allow him to trash those he will not use; one star to allow him to know which images need to be edited and two stars to let him know which images have been processed. Images that have been edited will be backed up onto external drives (two for secure backup) and then on programs such as BackBlaze. I have used this particular backup method as well for years and the recovery can be a lifesaver when a drive fails in the middle of an order.
Workflow should be just as simply as the name; it should flow and not be a hindrance to your lifestyle.