As camera pixel counts grow, frame rates get faster, storage needs balloon, and photographic workflow becomes increasingly mobile in nature, the nagging question of how to implement the best asset management solution persists. Along with changing delivery methods, sizes, formats, and client expectations, our asset management needs and requirements are also growing and changing.
Sunbounce has long been providing innovative solutions for photographers looking for ways to control and shape natural light. Known for their portability, exceptional build quality, and purpose-driven design, Sunbounce has hit another home run with Cage.
It was by no means a slow application, but version 8 of Capture One Pro has been updated with a new processing engine. I got my hands on a fresh copy and found several improvements that make it the choice of the professional, starting with its pristine, neutral demosaicing algorithm.
Video lights for on-camera use with a color rendering index (CRI) of 98 are hard to find, but the aluminum Akurat LL2120hc3 V-WHITE fits in the palm of your hand, provides high brightness, has excellent build quality, and two white balance settings, all at a low price.
PhotoSweeper works with Aperture, iPhoto, and Adobe Lightroom libraries and image folders to find duplicates and look-alikes based on time interval or by comparing histograms or pixels.
Sigma continues to innovate with their 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM ultra-telephoto lens. While designed for full-frame sensors, it's equally at home when used with smaller APS-C sensors. That's a lot of flexibility for one lens.
TechSmith has recently overhauled its screen-capture utility, Snagit, and I tested Snagit 3 on the Mac.
The Flashpoint Streak Light 180 is a large, hot-shoe mounted flash powered by the Blast Pack. Streak Light uses a replaceable bulb with a diffusion cover. The Blast Pack is a lithium battery with a shoulder strap, two ports to power two flashes, and an LED battery power readout.