I've written a few things about Photographer's workflows before.  It's an area of passion for me, for several reasons, but mostly because I believe it's an area where Photographers struggle - not because they have trouble making their photos look great - but because it's an area where they struggle to create a good system.  A lot of photographers spend a LOT of time on editing - time they could spend on their business, doing things that actually make them money.

One of my good friends, Jared Bauman, is the Co-Founder + CEO of ShootDotEdit, the industry leader in post-processing for wedding photographers.  He's also one of the sharpest guys I know - and a great photographer as well.  I had a chance to ask him a few questions recently, and thought I'd share with you our conversation.

Disclaimer: I am a ShootDotEdit customer, and have spoken for their workshop tour, but was not compensated in any way for this post.  ShootDotEdit has partnered with my workshops, but only by providing valuable "stuff' for attendees.  They don't pay me, and I just thought you should know :)


What is ShootDotEdit? 

ShootDotEdit is the First Choice Post Processing Partner for the Wedding Pro, and everything they shoot (engagements, portraits, boudoir, etc).

Where did the idea for ShootDotEdit come from? 

Garrett Delph, another professional wedding photographer, and myself were having fish tacos at the Brigantine in North County San Diego, commiserating about all of the editing we had to do to keep caught up.  We brainstormed hiring an editor, and training him to each of our individual studio profiles.  Thus, ShootDotEdit was born!

How is ShootDotEdit helping make photographer's lives a little easier?

When you consider that the average wedding photographer spends around 15 hours editing a wedding, ShootDotEdit has come in and removed that burden.  With ShootDotEdit, the photographer can focus on shooting and marketing.  In addition, because ShootDotEdit specializes in post production, most photographers find that their work is edited with an increased consistency.

How is ShootDotEdit different from other outsourced post-processing options for photographers? 

ShootDotEdit specializes in the wedding pro, and is optimized to take care of their intimate needs.  In addition, ShootDotEdit boasts the fastest turnaround time in the industry, with events completed as fast as 48 hours!  Fast is Best, and no one is faster.

What if I'm scared to have someone else edit my photos? 

Well, that's very common.  We have a couple of Services in place to help:

Color Wizard: this where you communicate to us your color preferences, so we edit your images to your style.

DotPreview: we will provide you a sample of 10 images from throughout the day, edited to your Color Profile.  Like it? Just click Approve and you're on your way!  Don't like it? We'll keep working with your DotPreview until you're happy.  Its our guarantee :).

Does it matter if I use Aperture or Lightroom?

We have Aperture and Lightroom workflows specifically tailored for the wedding pro.  Our workflows have been set up by the industry leaders (Apeture - Sara France; Lightroom - Jared Platt)

What does the process usually look like?

Once your have your Color Profile set up, you'll receive your images back as fast as 48 hours! 

Okay, how do I get started?

Quite simple.  Sign up for Free ( and set up your Color Profile (3 minutes or less).  All of our jobs are a la carte, and ordering takes less than one minute on average


I just want to add, as a ShootDotEdit customer, I love how simple and easy it is to have my images processed consistently every time.  With a family of three little ones at home, my experience has been that letting someone else deal with the post-processing gives me back time to do things that matter - both for my business, and for my life!

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As a photographer, I know that finding solid educational resources about both photography - and business - can be difficult.  That's one of the reasons I'm excited to share with you an interview with Kristy Dickerson, the founder of Fisheye Connect: Your Source for Photography Workshops.  

I know Kristy personally, and I know she has a huge heart for helping photographers connect with the educational content and workshops that will help them grow their business.  After the interview, be sure to checkout to see what they're up to!

What is Fisheye Connect?

For students that want to learn photography, we are free resource to search and find photography workshops, classes, and events by location, instructor/company, or interest. We also have a free subscription service that allows potential students to subscribe and be notified weekly of the new events released and the ones upcoming. 

For instructors we are a Photography Workshop/Event Management and Marketing Software. It allows instructors to handle of the details of an event in less time and also have a bigger marketing reach. 

Where did the idea for Fisheye Connect come from?

When the founder, Kristy Dickerson, started in photography, she wanted to learn more but had no idea where to start learning without having to get another formal education. By getting more immersed in the industry she realized professional photographers offer workshop and there are many other areas for education. Combining photography experts and professionals together with students that want to learn both the technical, art, and business side of photography was how Fisheye was born. 

How is FEC helping photographers find valuable workshops?

Location is the biggest key. Finding education in your area and the answer to the valuable part is something we have been trying to figure out. Since day one, Fisheye put a system into place where students can rate and review their experience from a workshop. We recently made it public and realized for making it all public we had a few kinks to work out. As we are writing this, we are in the process of giving the instructors the option of posting reviews. We want instructors to have this sort of control but we also feel like this is the biggest part of finding valuable workshops. So instructors will have the option to publish or not publish reviews. And all or nothing review system like YouTube. Either way we will be collecting reviews for instructors to use for honing in on their teaching skills.  

What is unique about Fisheye Connect?

The rating system and searching by location is what sets us apart. Becoming a trusted source to find, research, and register for photography workshops/events.  Ebay sellers became a trusted source due to a third party rating and reviewing them. If photography instructors just collect reviews themselves and publish them, it doesn’t add that much extra creditability. By being able to see past attendees reviews it is a win/win. Instructors strive for their best and want their program to be worth every penny photographers spend purchasing a ticket. You can also only leave a ratings and review if you actually purchase and attend the event.  

How do reviews help photographers?

Just like any other product/service that is reviewed you can see what other attendees thought about the program or classes. We are not trying to govern the market for photography instructors, but give everyone a place to connect for quality education. It brings an equilibrium to the market. 

Anything else you want to tell us about what you're working on?

We are currently working on a tool for all photographers to be able to use.  We want success and we want to help you achieve it. To receive weekly notification emails from Fisheye and to stay on top of what is going on, you can subscribe here for FREE!

We have built Fisheye Connect by taking feedback from trusted advisors, leading instructors, and attendee. If you ever have any ideas or just want to reach out email any time.