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PRESS RELEASE: Software Workflow: All-in-One Solution or Best-of-Breed Choice? Top Fashion Photographer Weighs In
COPENHAGEN, 15 May, 2007 -- In photography, when it comes to RAW processing and digital asset management, can one software application do it all? How much overhead is acceptable? Pros are finding that choosing best of breed applications over those that tout a "we-do-it-all" message can ultimately be most effective. Not to mention rewarding.
"It all comes down to a matter of choice," said Drew Gardner, British fashion photographer who was recently nominated for the AOP awards, and whose work for the BBC primetime series Roman's Empire has drawn critical attention.
We're all looking for speed and quality. So of course you're always hearing that applications have 'breakthrough speed and quality.' But how do you analyze statements like that? It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of new tools and attractive promises, but every choice is going to lead you down a different path, and it's going to take a certain amount of investment of your time, materials, and money.
"Another cliché you hear from marketing is that professional photographers would rather be working behind their cameras than on their computers," Gardner said. "No duh. But again, you can't just take these statements at face value."
Top pro photographers are choosing to customize their workflow in a manner that best suits their work style and requirements. Just as there are no two photographers who shoot alike, so there appears to be no 'one-size-fits-all' software solution. Photographers instead prefer to choose what works for them.
"In my experience, the all-in-one solution does not provide the in-depth toolset and breadth of features that a professional needs and that I've found by using the best available tools for a given job," Gardner said. "It's no different from choosing cameras or lenses; I'm not going to compromise on quality."
Gardner's choice for his digital workflow includes RAW capture and processing tool Capture One PRO, from Phase One, and MediaPro, the digital asset management software created by iView Multimedia.
"I load my RAW files directly into Capture One PRO and use the color management system which is second to none. It's not just the exceptional image quality/resolution, but unmatched accuracy of colors and the control you have over colors that I love about this app. Then for quickly viewing, selecting and managing volumes of photos on site, on a plane or in the studio, MediaPro is the fastest application I've ever used. It just does not require the overhead of other apps and for me this is critical."
"In fact, both apps have very small footprints and take up a minimum of disk space so that they blaze through the work," Gardner said, "Now that iView MediaPro is part of Microsoft, it's changing its name to Expression Media. And if you download Microsoft Expression Media today (www.microsoft.com/expression), what's clear is that it's still the same application. Still sleek, fast and smart, no additional overhead that can slow down other apps."
iView MediaPro and Capture One PRO are available now for purchase together for $499 - this is $199 off the total price if each application were purchased separately. In addition, those who purchase today will be eligible for free upgrades to Capture One PRO version 4 and Microsoft Expression Media when those applications are available.
The software is available for purchase as a download from each of the companies' respective sites: http://www.phaseone.com/iview and www.iview-multimedia.com/phaseone. An accompanying guide detailing how the two programs can be used together and a video podcast are also available for download.
About Phase One
Phase One is the world's leading provider of digital image capture and workflow management technology. Phase One P+ Series digital backs open new possibilities, putting the focus back on the moment of capture. Phase One Capture One software helps streamline the capture and post-production process. Supporting DSLR, medium and large-format photographic equipment, Phase One products are renowned for their superior quality, flexibility and speed -- enabling pro photographers to realize their most subtle and most complex visions without compromise.
Phase One is an employee-owned company based Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, and Shanghai.
For more information about the products, visit the Phase One web site on www.phaseone.com.
About iView Multimedia
Digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia developed iView MediaPro to help creative professionals quickly and easily locate, capture, organize, annotate, search, retrieve and present their digital content. Widely used today by professional photographers, iView MediaPro integrates seamlessly into a professional's established workflow, permitting them to streamline their processes, shortening time to market, and eliminating costs from the production cycle. Microsoft acquired iView Multimedia in June 2006 and is continuing to develop this powerful cross-platform cataloging tool into a next-generation product named Microsoft Expression Media, scheduled for release in Spring 2007. For more information, please see http://www.iview-multimedia.com.
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Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
(First posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 16:08 EDT)