Two weeks ago I was in Washington, D.C. The week before I was at Mets Opening Day at Citi Field. More than a week ago I did a solo photo walk through one of the parks near me. Yet all the photos are still on the camera and haven’t been processed yet.
Part of it is being busy. Part of it is procrastination. Both are because it is a pain in the neck to process RAW photos using Photoshop. It’s time consuming. You have to open each individual RAW photo, adjust it before converting it. I want that control over the photos because it makes for better editing in the end, but the price I pay is the time I have to spend on it. I have no problem working on each individual photo, but I would like to just be able to open a whole bunch of them at once.
I’ve looked around at blogs about batch editing for RAW photos, and it’s not an easy process in Photoshop. And then there’s Lightroom, which apparently has a better process to edit RAW photos. But it costs $150. That’s on top of the price I’ve already paid for Photoshop. I have always defaulted to Photoshop because it’s what I’ve been using for more than a decade.
I wax on poetically about processing and printing photos in the dark room when I was in college. There was something relaxing and fulfilling about it. Sitting at a computer and processing photos like I do today doesn’t give me the same feeling because of how tedious it can be. And, really, what I was doing in a dark room was even more time consuming than the processing on a computer. But there was just something magical about it.
Would love to hear suggestions and recommendations on making photo processing less of a chore and more fun again.