How it Works: Shutter Stream Product Photography Software
Shutter Stream Product Photography Software is an image capture software that integrates image Editing and processing tools to enable users to maximize photography workflow efficiencies. Shutter Stream requires a compatible camera tethered to a computer through USB in order to control camera hardware commands through mouse clicks (software specifications).
Images are composed while viewing a real time preview of what the cameras sees on the monitor screen. Users compose images by adjusting camera exposure settings, and Pre-Cropping the subject while in Live View mode. Images are captured with a simple mouse click then instantly uploaded to the computer for viewing, editing and processing. Editing tools include automated product photography background removal, color correction, image enhancement and other tools that can be automatically applied immediately after capture or in a single or batch process (software features). Additional composition, capture, editing and output features available in the software further enhance workflows, ease of use and consistencies. Shutter Stream Product Photography Software can work with any lighting however is optimized for use with Iconasys Product Photography Lighting Kits.
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Shutter Stream Product Photography Software Workflow
Step 1: Enable Live View
By clicking the ’Live View’ button in the program, the user is able to view, in real-time, what the camera sees. The user will place their object in front of the camera and position to desired shooting angle/location.
Step 2: Compose Image
Next, the user can adjust camera settings (through mouse clicks) to ensure for optimal exposure. Camera setting adjustments include exposure adjustments (ex. Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance, ISO, etc.) as well as the ability to adjust and set focal points through mouse clicks. As camera settings changes are made, the ‘Live View’ simulates the image exposure in real time so users are able to see the image exposure before its even snapped (*requires a camera with exposure simulation). Users are able to save multiple ‘Camera Settings Profiles’ which are stored and can later be accessed to help with imaging consistencies
Step 3: Pre-Crop
After adjusting exposure, the user will define a ‘Pre-Crop’ around their subject. Crop can be defined in free-form, at a custom ratio (ex. 8 x 5) or at a perfect square. Users can also save multiple ‘Crop Profiles’ which are stored in the software and can be later used to help with imaging consistencies.
Step 4: Capture
When ready to capture the product image, click the ‘Snap’ button inside the program. Immediately after Capture, the image will be uploaded into the software for viewing, editing processing and output. The user can capture additional views of the product (if required) – camera settings & crop markers can be retained from shot to shot.
Users who require focus stacking can choose to use the Focus Stacking capture method which will automate the Focus Stacking image capture and processing workflow (Focus Stacking plugin is an optional purchase).
For users looking to further streamline workflows, pre-defined edits, processing and output can be applied immediately after capture.
Step 5: Editing & Background Removal
After capturing a single or set of images, users have the ability to edit images using a variety of tools included in the editing suite. Included is a variety of editing tools that include color correction & adjustments, image enhancement, manual and automated product photography background removal (to transparent or pure white) and other tools. Editing changes can be applied to a single image or the entire image set in a batch process.
Users have the option to create and save ‘Editing Profiles’ that can be accessed and applied to other image(s) or instantly applied to images during the capture process.
Step 6: Image Output
The last step in the process is to output image(s). Included in the Shutter Stream Product Photography Software is batch editing tools that automate standard image output processes. Users will define the save to location to a local, networked, cloud connected folder (ex. Dropbox) and/or FTP site. Users can also define naming and a suffix to be used for naming (if saving multiple images), image format (JPG, PNG, TIFF, RAW), resolution (DPI), size (pixels), and the option to add a watermark. Users can also select to output multiple image sets with different properties depending on their usage (ex. amazon images at 1500 pixels wide and website images at 1000 pixels wide). The batch saving process is done using a single click and users have the ability to save multiple ‘Save Profiles’.