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9, Aug, 2013

Pro Underwater Photographer Daily Work Flow

Posted in Fundamentals, Liquid Lense, Tips & Tricks, Underwater Photography Tips by kimmy

Our Liquid Lense professional underwater photographers are frequently asked about the process they employ out on the boats each day for storing, editing, showing and selling the photos they take of you and the wonderful things you see. So in our efforts to de-mystify here is our Pro Underwater Photographer Daily Work Flow!

Firstly, our Liquid Lense photographers have all chosen to install and use Adobe Lightroom as their editing software, and work on a combination of PC’s and Macs. Whilst some of the team also have Adobe Photoshop, for speed and ease on a daily basis, and for making quick edits (such as removing backscatter) their daily platform is Lightroom.


After each dive the Liquid Lense photographers rinse their camera systems thoroughly in freshwater, and dry the housings with a soft towel prior to opening. The memory stick (SD,XD, MMC, MS,CF etc.)from the camera itself is then removed from the camera and plugged into the computer (some laptops and computers have a slot to directly plug the stick into, and others require a card-reader of some description).

With Lightroom open on their computers the photographers upload the most recent photos directly to this programme. To do this choose File, and then Import from device (as shown below):

underwater-photographer-file-import from device

A pop-up window appears allowing to choose which photos you wish to import, and offering a number of otpions for organisation. My personal choices or options tend to be as follows:

  • File Handling – copy photos to a new location and import (this option means that there is another copy of your original photos on your computer, a back-up outside of Lightroom)
  • Copy to: This allows you to decide where you wish the back-up to be copied to.
  • Organise: This allows you to choose which date format and dates of photos you wish to import.

Other useful features in this window include Template (which allows you to custom name, filename or choose a sequence for the photos you are importing) and Keywords (for instance you may choose Ko Haa, holiday etc.).


The photos may take a few minutes to upload and import, and render standard previews. Since the Liquid Lense team only have an hour surface interval in which to import, select and edit photos from the previous dive, they choose to shoot their photos in Large Fine JPEG format as opposed to RAW. (RAW files take longer to import). Photos are then displayed in the Library.

At this time the photographers select which photos they wish to use and show divers, and there are a few methods they can use for this. One of our photographers adds the photos she wishes to the Quick Collection, by selecting the top right hand button on each picture in the library view:


Another of the team Flags his chosen photos by selecting the flag located on top left hand side of each photo in the library view. You can then select just the flags photos for a given date, and delte any others if you wish.


Having selected the photos they wish they may now have to edit these slightly. To edit, you choose the Develop setting. Photographers at this stage have an option of editing the file they see or creating a Virtual Copy which they can edit, leaving the original as it was.


Our liquid Lense team tend to turn the chosen photos into a named collection or folder, by highlighting Library – Make a New Collection, or Make a New Folder. (Important if you are taking photos on a daily basis and a diver wishes to view the photos from the days they dived at the end of their trip).


Next we select all of this collection or folder (Edit, Select All), and select Slideshow, which changes the screen.


Then highlight Play – Run Slideshow and the photos are displayed in a rolling slideshow.


When the day’s divers have chosen any photos they are interetsed in buying we then need to export these files to the chosen storage method – CD, Memory Stick or Dropbox. To do this select the required files, highlight File and choose Export.


A pop-up window now appears. Don’t forget at this stage to consider how large you wish these photos to be – our photographers export photos in their original size so that they could be blown up into posters without loosing resolution or quality. If you wished to upload these to somewhere such as Facebook you may prefer to select a smaller size such as 1000 pixels longest edge to speed up the process, and provide you with a smaller file size.




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