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Old 02-22-2006, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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okay, so I have this Mac powerbook G4 that I take with me on shoots as storage that's larger that my memory cards. I've often wanted to use it to review images in the field or to give models a quick review of what was shot. The problem I have is that iPhoto makes no sense to me and no other program I have access to will allow me to view RAW images quickly, fullscreen with a black background. Everything wants to run in the stupid windows all the time but I swear I've seen shots of photographers reviewing photos fullscreen with no other clutter visible.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what to use to review images as large as possible, full screen with no interface interferance? Something that's fast would be nice.

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Old 02-22-2006, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Adobe Lightroom. Its in beta, which means it free, and I like it.

http://labs.macromedia.com/technologies/lightroom/

The real problem with iPhoto and RAW is it converts the RAW to a JPEG, which loses quality.

If you want to spend a bunch of money Apatrure doesn't have this problem.
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Old 02-22-2006, 03:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Depends on what camera you are shooting with. My Nikons came with NikonView which allows me to review images that are shoe in Raw or JPG. It works well on all my Macs.
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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iView MediaPro has a Lightbox mode that allows for keyboard navigation only- with nothing else displayed on screen aside from your images. It seems to support most of the RAW formats out there, but the downside is that the application is pricey. They do have a trial period though, so you can, at least, see if it will do what you need it to do.

By default, at least with Canon RAW files, iView pulls the embedded jpeg preview and uses that for display. This speeds things up significantly, versus the optional method where it processes the actual RAW data for display.
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use Photo Mechanic. Works with every RAW format I know of.

http://www.camerabits.com
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Old 02-22-2006, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I second the suggestion of PhotoMechanic. It's a standard amoung photojournalists because of it's speed and ease of use.
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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$150 just to browse my images? God I wish I knew how to program! I'd be rich now...

If course that's $150 USD converted to Canadian is, (blahblah, carry the 2....Ummm....) $172.29...Hey, it's not as bad as it used to be!

Thanks for the tip! I have so much on my list right now and so few clients that it will be a while yet before I get to pick this up. I'll just keep doing things the way I have been! Cheers!
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks...I'll add that one to my list of software to review when I'm ready to purchase...

Out of curiosity, do most of these companies ship their software as both Mac and PC or do you have to buy one copy for each platform?
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You're missing the point of Photomechanic. It does FAR more than just allow you to browse and view your photos. It is an essential part of my workflow starting with removing the images from the CF card all the way through archiving and nameing the final edited images.

Have a good look at the features and you'll see that $150 is not overpriced at all. (BTW, it does full color management as well).
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That scares the crap out of me! What happens if the company making Photomechanic goes under for whatever reason? You're going to have to start using new software that probably won't be compatible with whatever Photomechanic did to all your files. So now you'll either just have to simply accept that all those files will one day (soon) be completely useless or you'll have to spend weeks sorting through them to get your data transferrd to a new software package. Or what if you want to start using different software?

Or am I just being too paranoid?

I prefer to use my Windows or Mac OS to do as much management as I can and only use special software for editing the images and maybe updating the EXIF info. Beyond that, having a full package do EVERYTHING just really scares me...And I'm not even at point where the fall out is really that big of a deal...

At any rate, I will be looking for something so Photomechanic will be on my Check-It-Out list...

Thanks! See ya.
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