Luca, you probably just made Edd consider selling all his equipment thinking he's going to have learn all those Workflow options......HA! HA!
Luca is way more into details than I am, but I'll give you the 180 degree opposite side of the workflow scale for what we do with our images.
I'll go through what I did last week after an afternoon photoshoot with a model I shot so she could update her portfolio
Come home and clean the cards onto a Hard Drive. (Side Note - While the cards are taking their sweet time to clean, I clean the gear, recharge all the batteries and repack all the bags so everythign is back where it should go)
I copy all Raw + Jpegs ( what we have our cameras set to) to a externial hard drive in a folder that is named Tammy (The girls name from this shoot) with the date - This folder is created in my Modeling Folder incase I need to go look for it, I know where it is. Notice
: I copy the images to the hard drive till I check to make sure they've all transfered without losing any data.
Once I check to make sure everything is on the hard drive, I then format the Compact Flash card back in the camera while another card is copying.
Once I get to working on the pictures, I spend a few minutes rotating all the Jpegs so I can browse through them pretty fast to delete anything that doesnt stand out. Anything that is off, blurry, eyes closed or just a bad shot, I dont even bother with, I just delete both the Jpeg and the RAW file rather than worry about trying to rescue them. The Jpegs are very small, and just a reference so I have something to look at without having to open each RAW file in CS3.
Once I've deleted all the images I know I'm not going to worry about, I open up CS3, and start looking for shots that really grab my attention. Usually when shooting models, I'm shooting in 3 frames per second mode, just to make sure her eyes are open, the look is correct and I have a second chance on a good shot. If all 3 look good, then I usually delete the other 2. There has been too many times where the first one is bad, the last one is bad, but the middle one was the money shot.
This also saves a lot of hassle if you missed the shot and have to reschedule a shoot. Plus, deleting is easy, rescheduleing isnt.
Once I start finding the images I want to work on, I drag the RAW file into CS3 and see if I need any adjustments. Sometimes I might need to adjust the White Balance or bump up the darks or lights or add some vignetting, but hopefully all I have to do is open the file from RAW to a TIFF file to work on in CS3 from ADOBE Camera RAW.
Once in CS3, I remove any blemishes..i.e. Zits, acne, or any facial features that God didnt put on her body. Shot a model that had her nose pierced as a teen, and couldnt get rid of the scar. That took me forever to clone stamp it out of every shot. But that was back with CS before you could do it to multiple images at once like you can in CS3
Once I've finished the image I save it as a large Jpeg to be able to work with and move onto the next image. I know I'm probably making a few Photoshop experts cringe, here, but I almost never create layered files or multiple backups if single images. I guess I'm just too much of being in a hurry to and know I'd end up losing all those backups anyway.
Once I've finished with the entire folder, I move back through to see which shots I edited. In Photochop, when you adjust a RAW image, it creates another file that saves all your changes, called an XMP File, so it's easy to see which shots you've worked on, as they have this little XMP file beside the Jpeg.
I then create another folder inside the original that I'll name 'Gallery' and put all the adjusted images in that folder.
From the Gallery folder, I upload to my Smugmug site fullsize and dont have to worry about watermarking the shots. Smugmug watermarks the images for you if you decide you want them watermarked. Saves me a ton of time!!!
Once I have the gallery finished, depending how large the entire folder is, I either burn a DVD of the entire thing to a disc and throw it in the fireproof safe, or just burn the Gallery folder with hopes that if I was to lose everything else, as least I know I have the ones that I liked the best. For a shoot like this last one, I shot almost 16gigs worth of images and I dont own a Blu-Ray burner, so I only burn the Gallery folder.
For shoots or events that would normally take a long time to sort through all the different images, I might sub-categorize the folder inside the main folder.
Folder ---------- Tammy
>Sub-Folder - Guitar >Sub-Folder - Black Dress >Sub-Folder - Outside...etc
For events or places that have multiple images of different things like when we just spent the day at the Detroit Zoo, I have the main Detroit Zoo folder, then have >Sub-Folder - Siberian Tiger >Sub-Folder - Polar Bear...etc.
Oh, and I catagorize everything by month. So I have folders of January thru December al the way back from 2003 when I got my first digital. Then inside those folders are each major shoot or event. If what I'm shooting is going to go in my gallery on my website, then I have another hard drive that has a backup of just all these folders, and this is titled just like you would see it on my site, so I dont confuse myself (Its not that hard)...i.e. Travel, National Parks, Modeling, Animals...etc
I know it can all get confusing, but I've been doing it for so long that it makes it pretty fast for Cindy or I to find something if we're looking for a certain image. One might ask "Where was that shot from Yosemite, you know the one of the hike on the Yosemite Falls Trail?"
The answer would be an easy "Look in the June 2008 folder because that's when we visited Yosemite and then look in the Yosemite Folder under Yosemite Falls Trail Hike"
I'm interested to see what others do, as I've streamlined this process a few times by picking up tips from others.