As we have toured the country and literally spoken to THOUSANDS of photographers at workshops, events and gatherings, we have realized that the biggest time-sucker in most photography businesses is image editing and work flow.
“Weddings used to take me 8-10 hours to edit fully. I can now blaze through weddings in less than half of that time….
With my extra time I’ve been doing a full home renovation on a 3 story Victorian that is 100 years old! Before I could never imagine editing weddings while taking on a house project, but now, with the editing systems I’ve learned from Zach & Jody, I’ve been able to juggle both effectively while still enjoying my social life!”
-Nathan Lewis of Nathan-Lewis.com, IN-CAMERA Post Production workshop attendee
“I've turned my one week editing process into less than 2 hours, most of the time closer to 1 hr…
I'm able to feel more balanced and be at my best for both my family and my photography career. It's also allowed me to take on more sessions and weddings and build a better nest egg for my future!”
-Cheyenne Sprouse, IN-CAMERA Post Production workshop attendee
This week and next week we are going to give you our top Post-Production Productivity Tips that CHANGED our lives once we finally put our post-processing into a system.
How many times do you find yourself making your way to the office telling yourself that you will work on editing today, and then you get sucked into emails and other things, and before you know it, it's dinnertime and you have yet to even look at ONE image?
This is why putting your editing on the calendar and blocking space out for it is so important! This may sound way too simple, but it's true, if it's not on the calendar, it won't happen.
Our Editing Schedule:
On Tuesdays, editing becomes top priority above everything else or our sessions with get backed up. If I get backed up then we can't schedule ordering sessions on time and we LOSE money.
Again, may sound so simple, but block that time off for editing and fight for it with your life 🙂
This tip goes hand-in-hand with our first tip, and again, seems so simple for the results that it yields, but you'd be amazed at the results when you do it!
In the beginning of almost any small business the BIGGEST mistake made is the inability to focus. This is very true whenever most photographers sit down to edit. Do you do any of the below?
The above distractions can KILL your productivity. When it is time to start the editing process, I get very serious about getting my work done SO THAT I can play later. These are the steps I take to get ready for editing:
The above steps help me to stay focused on my task and then with my very specific editing SYSTEM and PROCESS that I have set up, I am able to edit efficiently and save myself hours.
That is what a SYSTEM and FOCUS can do for you, too.
1. Ask yourself what you would do with an extra 18 hours a week and use this link to tweet it out!
2. Set aside whatever time you need to accomplish the important tasks (like editing) that need to be completed, and implement the steps that Zach takes when FOCUSing on a job to get ‘er done! You'd be amazed at how much time that alone can save you.
Stay tuned for next week's blog which includes the next 2 tips to fast post-production!
Have a fabulous week, everyone!
PS. To get MORE FREE tips and tricks on business and shooting strategy, check out ZachandJody.com/blog!
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