If you are like most photographers, you are heavily invested in Adobe software. Many shooters I work with use Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Elements while also using Lightroom 3 for their organizational needs. I use these products as well and have grown to firmly rely on them over the years. However, there are lots of other software manufacturers in the business and each have their niche. Many times another company’s products fit your needs a little better and that’s what I’ve found with Phase One’s software.
Phase One has been known for their high-end medium format digital backs for many years, but recently they have been putting quite a bit of effort into their software division. I am a regular user of their digital asset management software called Media Pro 1 and recommend it highly for professional photographers. I also recommend it for photographers who are serious about organizing their photo, video and audio libraries since the program does such a great job of helping you organize your digital life.
Another of their newer software products is an iPad application that allows you to control your dSLR camera in the studio. Capture Pilot wirelessly interfaces with your computer to control a tethered camera and also provides beautiful photo reviews on the iPad screen.
I’ve written a number of articles on these programs over at the Nikonians.org website. If you are interested in taking your workflow to the next level, give these articles a good read and evaluate for yourself if they make sense.
Media Pro 1 Article: http://www.nikonians.org/resources/reviews/media-pro-commentary
Capture Pilot Article: http://www.nikonians.org/resources/reviews/capture-pilot
Happy software shopping!
Our April 2011 Newsletter is posted here:
Lots of great topics this month including software review, hardware review and a tutorial on Back Button Focus.
In this Newsletter:
– Chair Affair
– Nikon D7000 BIN file uploaded
– SWPJC: Inspiration to Tell Stories
– March GOAL Assignment: Triptychs
– April GOAL Assignment: Point of View Photography
– Product Review: Tether Tools Aero Platform
– Product Review: Phase One’s Capture Pilot for iPad
– Photo Techniques: Back Button Focus
– Workshop and Business Updates
Just wrote a review for a great new product called Capture Pilot from the good people at Phase One. The product allows anyone with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to view photos from a tethered photo shoot in real time. The product is truly awesome. Check out the article and see how I used it to photograph a bunch of young kids in an impromptu hotel studio.
Here’s the link to the review: http://www.nikonians.org/resources/reviews/capture-pilot
Click on the section “Pro Reviews” to read the article. If you only want to see the fun pictures, then click on the fourth page titled “Real World Testing.”