Having a custom workflow in commercial photography is very important in today's day and age. I previously showed you how I shoot the pictures and what my camera settings are. Today I want to continue on this kind of serie and demonstrate to you how save my files and store them on my NAS.
First things first, the files.
After all of the editing, compositing, retouching and enhancing is done, I will save a master Photoshop .psd (or .psb, depending on the size) file. This one will contain the ProPhoto colour space with absolutely no compression, all of the layers, and as much of the data as possible. That file be contained in its own PSDs folder in the Output folder of the Capture One Pro session.
Next up, I will save an uncompressed TIFF file. With TIFF files, you have two options as for the layers; the first one is to keep all of them and the second one is, well, to compress them into a single layer. There is also a huge file size difference between the two and, so, I choose to have a single layered TIFF file. That really is no problem since I have the master Photoshop file in case anything goes wrong. For colour spaces, this one will also retain the ProPhoto color gamut. No resizing will be done. I think of the TIFF file as a secondary master file that is a lot more manageable and smaller in size. If I ever need to merge several final images, like with this FitBit product photo, I will put the TIFF file to use.
Lastly, I will export a resized, compressed standard JPEG file. These are almost always 2500 pixels on the long side, with 100% image quality (that doesn't mean it's uncompressed) and are converted to sRGB color space (that's what the Web uses). I always give this exact file type to the client but, sometimes, they require something else (I give the client whichever files they want and how many different file types they desire).
The most popular is a PNG with a transparent background (when it is usually white) with the same sizing and colour space as a JPEG.
Each and every one of these file types are placed in their own folder nested inside of the Output directory from the shooting session. When I am done with a project (and if it's a big project, while in the midst of accomplishing it), I will upload the folder to my NAS. It is in RAID 0 configuration so each file is duplicated onto two disks. Moreover, I will copy the project on my Windows machine’s HDD and delete it off my MacBook Pro’s SSD (it is too small).
So that was my saving workflow. At all time, each file is located on three different drives. The only problem with that is that they are all in my house.How I'd like to add another copy that is at another physical location. Perhaps the cloud is the answer. If you'd like to know more about files type in Photoshop, I encourage you to read this other blog post I made recently.
Did you learn something? If so, let us some comments below!