Kodak DCS Pro Back 645 Review
Kodak DCS Host Software
Kodak provides host software for both the PC and Macintosh platforms. As I am a Windows XP user and have no access to a Macintosh computer we will only be covering the PC software available. DCS Photo Desk is available in both platforms.
DCS Capture StudioDCS Capture Studio currently ships with KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Pro Back Plus and DCS Pro Back 645 for MACINTOSH Systems. In DCS Capture Studio, the RGB working space of choice is ProPhoto RGB. A unique Kodak capability, ProPhoto RGB provides a wider color gamut for:
Also, with Capture Studio's contact-sheet feature, you can store a series of images in a folder on your computer, then review and edit them later.
You can also customize your images in DCS Capture Studio by using ten new
KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Custom Looks Software.
This proprietary technology offers an innovative image file format similar to a JPEG, but with the dynamic range and color gamut information of raw DCR camera files. Extended Range Imaging Technology files allow you to easily open, edit, and print JPEG files within your JPEG workflow. Your JPEG files are captured directly in the camera. With ERI, you'll have the extensive editing, color balance, and color compensation capabilities of RAW digital negatives--for applying to your JPEG files.
High-quality JPEG files can be stored in-camera for later color correction or
manipulation, saving precious storage card space. All of the original image data is
preserved. If you shoot high volumes of images, you'll find Extended Range Imaging a real
advantage to your JPEG workflows. It provides 2-stops of exposure latitude, extended
color space, high dynamic range (36-bit image quality) and you can save a minmum of
four times more images in-camera than RAW.
Here's a screen shot of the Kodak ERI plug-in for Photoshop. Photoshop will automatically launch this file import filter when it detects an ERI-enabled JPEG image.
DCS Photo Desk Software
DCS Photo Desk can do the following:
New features in DCS Photo Desk v2.0:
Photo Desk v2.0 allows you to print full images or contact sheets of your images, up to the maximum size of the media that's loaded in your printer.
If you use MAC OS X, you can run Photo Desk v2.0. The user interface matches Apple Computer's AQUA user interface so all your applications look consistent. There's no waiting to launch Classic, and it works with ADOBE PHOTOSHOP v7.0 Software.
In Photo Desk v1.x you had to move a slider to adjust exposure compensation.
We've made the functionality simple and easy to use in the new v2.0 upgrade.
Our auto-exposure compensation uses Kodak's advanced image science
algorithm values and won't affect tone or lighting.
This is the latest Photo Desk v2.0 (Sept 2002), it can open a directory folder of images as a
"contact sheet" with each image shown as a large thumbnail. Above the thumbnail
are icons that represent the color balance, white balance, image "look" (product,
portrait, etc) and exposure compensation at the time of capture.
These are the available Image Tools - You click and select a thumbnail image and then apply these options as desired on the image. You then double-click the thumbnail to display a full screen version of the image with the corrections applied. You can change any option desired and it will be re-processed and displayed on the enlarged image.
The raw image data can be easily manipulated. Never again worry about an entire shoot being ruined
because the white balance was incorrectly set. You can vary
the exposure index +/- 2.0EV, select a "look" (portrait grayscale, portrait, portrait
reduced, product grayscale, product, product reduced), rotate portrait
mode shots, crop to a desired aspect ratio (3x2 portrait, 2x3 landscape, 5x4 portrait,
4x5 landscape, 7x5 portrait, 5x7 landscape, etc), pick the desired white balance (preset,
one-click, custom, auto), lighting (daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, flash), apply
noise reduction (low, medium or chroma moiré) and sharpening (none, low, medium, high) to
overcome the softness caused by the IR or AA filter.
The embedded exposure information can be displayed whenever you want to reference
the original settings used when capturing the image. For those in the photojournalism
or pro business there is the IPTC/Job Tracker screen where all sorts of info
can be embedded for future reference.
The histogram can be used to see the overall distribution of luminance, you can
toggle the Red, Green and Blue channels on and off as desired.
You can print a single image or select multiple images and then do a contact sheet, as
shown here in the Print Preview window.
When you have modified your image to your satisfaction it can be saved back to the
lossless compressed Kodak DCR format or you can "Save As" and convert to TIFF or JPEG
format image. The RGB working color space and profile is embedded
in the final output file.
DCS Camera Manager
DCS Camera Manager is an application designed to capture or copy images from any of
the FireWire-capable DCS cameras or backs. It can also be used to set various camera
properties. DCS Camera Manager brings much-needed automatic image transfer from camera
to computer, and it does so at over 5MB/second thanks to the IEEE 1394 interface.
DCS Camera Manager integrates nicely with DCS Photo Desk, which can be set up to
automatically monitor a folder for arriving photos and immediately display their
If you're in the studio with the camera or back tethered to the computer then DCS
Camera Manager becomes your remote camera control. Capture an image at any time by
clicking on the "Take Picture" button. The image can be stored in the camera's memory
or sent directly to the host computer's hard drive. Once on the host computer it will
be displayed immediately in DCS Photo Desk if it's set to monitor a specified folder.
DCS Camera Manager allows you to set or check any camera parameter (aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, exposure comp. and etc.)
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