There’s only one thing Lucas Gilman dreamed of becoming more than a world-renowned extreme sports photographer and filmmaker: He wanted to be a father. In recent years, he’s become both, but balancing the two remains his biggest challenge yet. Gilman logs more than 200 days each year on the road, and every day away is a day missed in 3-year-old Landon’s life. No one appreciates the direct correlation between workflow and family more than Gilman. Every hour not spent mired in redundant steps and poky transfers, or recovering from an unexpected problem, is an hour gained with his family.
Clearly, there are elements of Gilman’s craft that can only be refined through practice, study, and innate talent. The way he embraces light or turns motion into texture or finds ways to make certain colors burst from images – these things contribute to Gilman’s art. But the business of being Lucas Gilman, or any creative professional, lives or dies based on workflow.
Too many amateurs learn about workflow the hard way. Hard-won content vanishes in a moment of data loss or device failure that could have been prevented with better backup practices. Editing drags on for days upon days because of sluggish hardware, antiquated applications, and paltry pipelines. Fortunately, improved storage can remedy many of the flaws in a poor creative workflow.
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