You are thirsty, hungry and as you arrive home you just want to see what that shot actually looks like on your computer. Leo Theron takes you through the final step of your airshow experience.
You get home, sunburnt, tired and ready for a meal, a beer and then bed. But, as soon as I get home, I download my shoot for the day and make the backups. I also have a quick peep at some of the shots! Although I shoot RAW + JPEGS with the JPEGS on their own card as a back-up, only the RAW images are downloaded for processing, and the first keywords (e.g., Airshow, Swartkop) added during the download stage.
When you are ready to start, the first order of business is to mark all the out-of-focus, miss framed and obviously bad images for later removal. Then, the images to be processed are marked. If there is something especially good, that is marked as well.
It is important to note that images of aircraft are normally high in contrast, and it is important to be careful with those sliders – as it is very easy to end up with over-processed images that are actually worse than out-of-camera JPEGS.