Got a Huge Editing Backlog? Check This Out

Almost all of us have been there at one time or another. The folders of unedited shoots start to quietly pile up in Lightroom, and all of a sudden, you're staring at a veritable mountain of work. This great video talks about what you should do when you hit that point.

Coming to you from Scott McKenna, this helpful video examines a situation most of us have found ourselves in: having a huge amount of photos or videos to edit. It's a particularly easy situation to end up in if you're someone who works in a seasonal genre (like weddings) or you do photography part-time and have another job you have to devote your time to. Nonetheless, no matter what the reason, the edits don't get done themselves, and the pressure to address them only increases as time passes. McKenna offers some great advice for tackling this situation, and a lot of it centers around reorienting your mentality and taking reasonable steps, like starting with smaller sets to give you and your confidence a little momentum. It's not an insurmountable task, but it does take focus and determination. Check out the video above for more. 

Lead image by energepic, used under Creative Commons. 

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8 Comments

Felix Wu's picture

Omg what a great reminder lol

Rifki Syahputra's picture

one of the homework is to significantly reduce the junk photos or raise the good/usable photo percentage

Scott Hussey's picture

I never schedule a photoshoot without also scheduling the post-production time in my calendar. This prevents any backlog from developing.

Joshua Kolsky's picture

Thats some real first world problems

David Pavlich's picture

And your point is....

JetCity Ninja's picture

i think Irene Rudnyk made it clear that the answer is to just throw the shit up on fiverr and let someone else do it.

but seriously, you know what else takes "focus and determination"? just buckling down one evening and doing it.

Mick Ryan's picture

SO basically his advice is to do the work. Never would have thought of that.

Jon Wolding's picture

I'm partial to hard deadlines. All-nighter editing session - no problem. It's just how I work best.