Enhance editing efficiency through strategic outsourcing and emotional detachment

By Scott Wyden Kivowitz

Last updated on 06/26/2024

Michael Anthony and I sit down to discuss strategies for improving efficiency in the editing process. We explore the concept of outsourcing and the importance of removing emotional attachment from the editing workflow. From the perspective of both a creative director and a photographer, Michael shares valuable insights and personal experiences that can benefit anyone looking to streamline their editing process.

Removing emotional attachment

Michael emphasizes the significance of removing oneself from the editing process. As creatives, we tend to be overly critical of our work, leading to prolonged decision-making and unnecessary fine-tuning. By involving others in the culling and editing stages, he highlights the benefits of gaining a fresh perspective and achieving consistent results. This approach not only saves time but also improves the quality of the final product.

🥇 We can expedite decision-making and ensure consistent results by distancing ourselves emotionally from the editing process.

Outsourcing and cost savings

Michael shares his experience outsourcing his editing work for many years and how Imagen has simplified the process by reducing time and cost. He can dedicate more time to his other creative and business responsibilities by entrusting the culling and editing tasks to a reliable team. This strategic outsourcing allows Michael to focus on his unique talent while leaving the technical aspects to professionals.

🥈 Outsourcing editing tasks can free up time for creative professionals, enabling them to focus on their strengths and deliver exceptional work.

Sensitivity with boudoir

I point out the sensitivity involved in culling and editing boudoir sessions. Given that many individuals undergoing boudoir photography may have body image concerns, it is crucial to approach the editing process with enhanced consideration. Michael agrees and highlights his wife, Jen’s, ability to make people feel comfortable in their own skin. This compassionate approach requires more time and attention to detail, unlike culling a wedding session, which is relatively quicker.

🥉 Culling and editing boudoir sessions require extra sensitivity and care to ensure clients feel empowered and confident in their images.


Together, we stress the importance of removing emotional attachment from the editing process. By distancing ourselves emotionally and involving others in the culling and editing stages, we can save time and achieve consistent results. Additionally, we highlight the benefits of outsourcing editing tasks to professional teams, which can significantly streamline the workflow for creative professionals. Ultimately, the key takeaway is to focus on our strengths while leveraging technology and trusted professionals to enhance productivity and deliver exceptional results.

If you’re looking to optimize your photography workflow and save precious time, this episode of the Workflows photography podcast is a must-listen. Tune in to discover Michael Anthony’s time-saving techniques and learn how you can apply them to your creative process.

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