If you’ve ever been stuck in a workflow rut, you know how tough it is to break out of it. This is precisely why we write blog posts about our photographer buddies and their workflow habits. There are many different ways of doing the same thing.

Let me introduce Daniel Weisser. Based out of Leipzig Germany, Daniel shoots with a unique perspective. Most of his works are considered diptychs. Take a look at his website or his Flickr photostream. If you’re intrigued by his diptych work, he has a Flickr set just for you.

He works mainly in fashion, portrait and people photography and shoots for editorial, music, corporate and advertising clients. Daniel’s works are told in a human-nature context; his series’ make you feel like you’re almost on the set. His photography mixes colors of daydreams with urban realities.

Daniel outlined his basic editing workflow. He said:

“Normally I start with 16-bit raw files. I develop the images to neutral or with low contrast using Adobe Camera Raw or Canon Digital Photo Professional. Next I’ll add a layer for basic retouching like skin, dust, and fly away hairs.

I start with Exposure factory presets such as the settings under Polaroid or Lomo. I change parameters adjusting the setting to my taste and layer them at about 35% – 70% opaque over the touched up layer. Sometimes I use a B&W film layer set at a low opacity for slight desaturation.

As a last step I may add a couple adjustment layers for fine tuning, or I’ll run it through a batch action. Finally, I copy the final composite layer twice; once with grain and once without. This gives me more control over print for what the client likes best.

All of these photos were retouched with Photoshop and Alien Skin Software’s Exposure. I’ve included before and after Exposure versions.”

Here is a settings file that Daniel created for the blonde girl in the forest shot. Save the preset to your desktop first. In most browsers, right-click the link and choose Save As. That should save a file with a .f1s at the end of the name.

Then double-click the .f1s file to install.  Next time you run Exposure you should see it in the User Settings list.