When I got back home, sorting through that many digital images was a huge task, especially considering that it represented just one day out of our stay on Grand Manan. I had over 2400 photographs from that trip. Opening up the RAW images took a lot of time, and I wished I had a quicker way to check the focus and composition of each image as I sorted the good from the bad and ugly.
Truth be told, I ended up cherry-picking a couple of puffin photos, and I never really went through the whole set to see what was there.
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a review of FastRawViewer on Photography Life's website. It sounded like a good solution to sorting through raw files, so I downloaded a trial version.
Like it's name says, FastRawViewer is really fast. On my system, it takes about two seconds to load a 41 megabyte RAW image from my D800. It's not just a preview, but the whole image. With one keypress (shift-left-click), I can see the image instantly at 100% zoom, to check for critical focus. In Lightroom, the same process takes 6-7 seconds after loading the image. That is a huge difference when you have to check hundreds of images.
|Two puffins on Machias Seal Island|
The interface isn't fancy, but isnt' bad when you learn a few shortcut keys. You can easily check for over or under exposure, or boost the shadows to check for shadow detail. A single keystroke will also pass the image directly to Lightroom or Photoshop, or any other image processor you want, as well as other features.
I used FastRawViewer to look through my Machias Seal Island photos, and I was surprised to find a number of good photographs. I've included a few here.
At $US 20.00, it's an inexpensive tool that solves a real problem that I've been having for a long time.
|Arctic Tern on Machias Seal Island|
. . . Rob Williams http://www.robertwilliamsphotography.ca