9 Ways to Improve your Efficiency as a Photographer

Peggy Farren 2012-12-21

Stop sitting at the computer instead of enjoying your life! Here are a few ways to speed up your workflow:

  • The most important time saver - Shoot right in the first place. You should not have to "fix" your pictures! Study and practice. For portrait and wedding photographers, you must be an expert at lighting and posing! All photographers must develop a critical eye to see weird shadows, where horizons are, crooked necklaces, composition. Practice, practice, practice!
  • Lightroom - the learning curve is steeper than I'd like but it's worth it. You can do most of your editing, cropping, resizing and organizing all in one program. I thought I was fast before, I'm lightning fast now with Lightroom!
  • Drop ship with boutique packaging to your out of town clients. Years of experience have taught me that I can't tell if a client will like her picture or not. If you have a lot of out of town clients, you'll save a LOT of time by using the beautiful packaging your lab provides.
  • Learn shortcuts. In both Photoshop and Elements, many shortcuts are listed in the drop down menus. If you see yourself doing the same thing often, learn the shortcut.
  • Check and respond to your emails only 3 times per day.
  • Go on Facebook to post YOUR marketing for the day, then stay off. Turn off notifications so you are not tempted. Hide people so that you don't have to see every post.
  • Buy a little kitchen timer. Give yourself, say 5-6 minutes to retouch each picture. Also time your phone calls. I have two timers - one so I remember to stand up and stretch every 60 minutes!
  • Make a daily To-Do list. If you have employees or subcontractors, make prioritized To-Do lists for them. todolist
  • If you must be DIY, buy the right tools. If you are framing and/or matting, you will save yourself time and heartbreak by investing in good equipment in the first place. If you are printing your own pictures, spend the money on a good trimmer.
Don't miss a thing.

Subscribe to our show!

Click to subscribe!
Close popup

Subscribe to our show!

By subscribing to our show, you will never miss out! We will notify you via email when a new podcast is posted.

Please Fill Out This Field

Like what you are reading?

Sign up for our newsletter!

Sign up now!
Close popup

Sign up for our newsletter

Your details are safe with us.

Please Fill Out This Field

Post Your Comment Below

What Camera Should I Buy?

One of the most often questions we receive is "What type of camera should I buy?" Of course a lot depends on your budget and what you want to do with the camera. Watch this short video for Peggy's recommendation.

Sign Up for Access
Close popup

Which camera should I buy?

Enter your contact information to watch this short video for Peggy's recommendation!

Please Fill Out This Field

Join the movement

About Peggy

Peggy Farren is an award winning, professional photographer, instructor, writer and speaker.

With over 17 years as a full-time professional photographer, Peggy offers photography training through her training center, “Understand Photography”.

Learn More

Essential Preparation Tips for Travel Photography

This free report will help you choose the right cameras, lenses and accessories for your travels. You'll need different equipment depending on where you are going, your finances, and the weight of the gear. We'll show you how to determine the best equipment for your needs. Also included is a comprehensive list on what you'll need, some things you may not have heard before but you'll be so glad we let you know!

Sign Up for More Information
Close popup

Essential Preparation Tips for Travel Photography

Many you've never heard before!

Please Fill Out This Field