HDR Cookbook – Poll: The Role of Time

Which role does time play in your photographic workflow?

The Wormhole (Exposure Fusion)This is the result and discussion page for the Photography Poll on The Role of Time. View how the poll is doing and feel free to leave your comments here to explain your point of view on this question.

Where can I vote?

The actual poll can be found on Google+ and Facebook. The poll is open-ended – so you can still participate! Make sure you go there and vote.

What’s the deal with those polls?

Did you ever ask yourself if your way of practicing (HDR) photography is that much different from what all the others are doing? Are you in any way different from the rest, or are you right in the midst of it with all the other people who think similar? Find out!

This is a fun way to get to know the community a bit better. Join in and cast your vote(s). Others will do so too and in a short while, we will have a clearer picture of what the community thinks on this particular question.

Question and Background

Which role does time play in your photographic workflow?

  1. I prefer to shoot, process and publish in a short time span (e.g. the same day)
  2. I let some time pass before I start working on the images I shot
  3. I lay each post-processed image aside for a some time before I do the finishing touches and publish it
  4. None of the above! I proceed differently for every image.

In the light of my most recent article Why you need an artistic workflow, I am curious to see how you use time in your photographic workflow. Are you the quick guy who shoots, processes and publishes fast, or do you prefer using time as a means for gaining some objectivity about your own results? Go the Google+ or Facebook, tell us, and find out which type the majority belongs too.

Preliminary Results

The Analysis

The number of votes cast (until now) was not excessive, but still the results are interesting:
The majority of people (41%) says that they use time in a different way for each image. This essentially means they do not have a core workflow they follow with respect to time.

27% of the people say that they try to get their images published quickly (e.g. on the same day). This group of people presumably tries to transfer the fresh impression of the shoot into their finished images.

Another 25% lets their images rest for some time before they process them. They prefer to start processing with a fresh and open mind.

A mere 6.5% – and this was the most surprising result for me – says that they let the finished image (post-processed and apparently ready to be published) rest for some time before they come back and have a second look to make the finishing touches.

Why is that most interesting? Because when I analyze my own workflow, letting the processed image rest before the finishing touches (and publication) is the core ingredient. I need that to be more objective about my own work. In most cases, I find that I do change some things in the image that did not occur to me while I was deeply engaged in the post-processing phase. This helps my work tremendously.

The Proposal

While I was reflecting this, I wrote down my own artistic workflow (encompassing much more than this final resting period) as a proposal. This artistic workflow includes the element of time at different stages. At the same time, it strives to make your work more efficient. Take a look if you’re interested!

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