But in the field my goal is to get enough raw material to later achieve the best possible result. And with the small LCD of my Camera I often don’t see, if, for exapmle, leaves were moved by the wind, if some minor highlights were blown or if there’s too much noise in the shadows.
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon 16-35 mm f/4
Exif: f/11 | 24mm | ISO 100 + ISO 320| multiple exposures between 0,3s – 8s for Exposure Blending and Focus Stacking
For a perfect result I therefore do bracketing, focus stacking and different ISO shots. Sometimes I repeat the process a couple of times to make sure I also got the perfect light in the end. It’s quite common for me to end up with somewhere between 5 and 50 photos for one scene.
Before I can start with the post processing I then need to make a selection. Later it is important for me to know which raw photos were used in the processing so I can delete the redundant ones. I apply labeling so I can identify those photos even after a few weeks when I do the next archive cleanup.
The labeling system I show here is just one example. You can tune it to your needs. There are different colors and you can also use a labeling from one to five stars in Lightroom. I use the one star labeling also right after returning from a travel when I first go through the photos. I usually find many photo, where I instantly know that I’ll never process them. Those I directly label with one star.