Cloud-Based Photography Management

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.

Providing access to your images anywhere, anytime, the cloud-based storage and photographic workflow service DF Studio offers an affordable, one-stop solution for online asset management and delivery. Based around a robust, yet familiar set of tools, DF Studio gives you the power you need for a complete workflow without a steep learning curve. Using the rock-solid security and reliability of Amazon Cloud, DF Studio allows users to store, manage, edit, filter, review, share, request approval, and deliver files.

Additionally, you can Keep large libraries organized using DF Studio's Active and Cold Storage, view file and folder sizes, select files across multiple projects, make collections without duplicating files, and create Web portfolios for image proofing and review. Users can send private approval messages to clients via DF Studio's easy-to-use Messenger feature, and deliver approved files directly from DF Studio. You can even watermark and scale your images, as needed.

DF Studio provides a variety of upload and import options, supporting virtually every known photographic file format, all with accurate previews and stacking algorithms for sidecar and RAW files. Plug-ins are available for Lightroom and PhotoMechanic, or use DF Studio's own DFS Speed Link, a standalone desktop app to easily bulk upload images or create a watched folder for automated future uploads.

There's more to DF Studio than I can possibly cover here. Suffice it to say, DF Studio is a big winner and definitely worth a look.

Company: DigitalFusion Creative Technologies, Inc.
Price: Subscriptions from $20/month
Rating: 4.5
Hot: Secure; reliable; access anywhere; file handling
Not: Lacking much support for video files