|Moose Peterson's DigitalPro
by Gary Stanley
One of the fundamental laws of physics is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Take, for example, the photographs that I have taken over the past 20-25 years or so. It seems that for every roll of film I shoot, there is an equal and opposite need to find some place to store them. In the beginning it was easy, most of them were stored in the trashcan. As my photography improved, and as I began shooting more and more film, the problem of how to store these images became very real.
I've multiplied the number of trips I've taken, by the number of rolls I've shot, by the square footage of space left in my office, and I can tell you I'm in deep trouble. If I don't get them into slide sheets and into my file cabinets soon, who knows what will happen.
Oh! Did I mention that I still need to scan them into the computer, and somehow find a suitable slide filing system and along with a way to keep track of the business end of things? I'm thinking the trashcan is looking better every day!
In reality I do manage to somehow get through these panic attacks and continue to take lots of photographs. I remember about a year ago, Moose Peterson sheepishly touting all the advantages of going digital. "Here's all my images stored right here," he said as he held up the tiny Compact Flash card.
Well that's great Moose but then what do you do with them? Well I know I left myself open for this one. At this point I'm thinking of that law of physics again, after all, as great an idea as digital is, you're still going to have to figure out how to store and track the images, right?
Moose quickly pointed to his laptop and said let me show you. "I've been working and perfecting my own image management system called DigitalPro, and this is the new upgrade that I've been working on." Leave it to Moose to have provided his own answer to that law of physics. By now most of you understand the point here. No matter what method we use to capture an image, there is the continuing problem of what to do with all those images afterwards.
Moose's experience as a professional wildlife photographer has certainly taught him the value of time. Less time in the office translates to more time in the field. With DigitalPro 1.2 Moose and his friend David Cardinal of Pro Shooters LLC software developers, have written software that allows you the ease of shooting images in digital format, downloading them to your laptop, and editing these images before you even leave your shooting location. Of course I'm jealous!
Those of you still paying your chiropractor from the last time you spent hours bent over a light table, will appreciate some of the fine features of DigitalPro.
The Bottom Line
As Moose would probably put it: "You've got a "killer" program here that is just the ticket for making a photographer's life a little bit easier."