I’m spending today wrapping up the image editing of last month’s ballroom dancing photo shoot for my stock photo portfolio. As I type this, I have no less than six other shoots on my “To Edit” list. I spend the majority of my worktime sitting at the computer editing/uploading/keywording images. That is one of the biggest things I have come to realize in the two plus years that I have been shooting full-time for iStockphoto. Years ago as a child when I dreamed of a career as a professional photographer it never occurred that this is what it would entail – sitting at a computer for hours on end.

My switch to Lightroom from Bridge this past summer has helped to speed up my editing workflow, but I still edit each image individually creating on average 5-6 layers in Photoshop before uploading.

Please don’t get me wrong though. I love being a photographer and with that the time spent in Photoshop. I would not want to change my job for anything in the world. I truly love what I do and feel blessed to be able to make a career of it.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/4, ISO 100