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FirstPass mini review and Thick-billed Murre

Thick-billed Murre PORTRAIT (Brünnich's Guillemot, Uria lomvia, Guillemot de Brunnich, TBMU) Saint Paul Island, The Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, Alaska. Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds All Rights Reserved. Canon 1D MK IV, 500mm F4 L IS & Canon Extension Tube EF 25 II, Tripod & Jobu Jr. 3 Full Frame. ISO 1,600 f/9 @ 1/400s Manual Mode. PURCHASE A PRINT or LICENSE IMAGE FOR PUBLICATION HERE.

FirstPass Mini Review

One of the most important things I do each night, after a day in the field, is download and edit (or cull) the images I shot that day. If you think of how much time I spend in the field, I’m sure that you appreciate how important it is for me to deal with that day’s shoot without delay; it’s my way of preventing a massive overload of editing between trips, and returning to my studio with Terabytes of images to deal with.

A friend recently released new software called FirstPass in the Apple App Store. FirstPass is built, from the ground up, by a photographer for Mac OS and is available from the App Store for only $9.99. It is designed to download multiple cards automatically (you can even download to a second destination like a back-up drive simultaneously), motor through your images and make that critical First Pass edit; view each image and delete the obvious rejects and rate the obvious prizes. Re-naming files has never been easier and I love the large screen previews, accurate color space and ease of use. There are other solutions out there, but they are all much more expensive. This is a refreshing new tool that I see myself becoming dependent upon to get my job done!

I often see folks on my workshops importing every image they shoot into Aperture or Lightroom at a painfully slow pace – FirstPass is the perfect companion to quickly speed through their day’s shoot, delete the obvious misses and rate the obvious winners before import. It’s brilliant in it’s simplicity and the value at $9.99 is extraordinary.

The next version will remember recently downloaded cards, to ensure that you don’t accidentally download duplicate images if you forgot to format a card.

Check out Firstpass in the CANADIAN APPLE STORE HERE

Check out Firstpass in the US APPLE STORE HERE

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Reader Comments (3)

The image is such perfection, one cannot even see where the element and the background divide, it is as if this is a fine painting, so handsomely done, as always~

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Howell Cromer

hey that was really a pretty blog..excellent story.glad to visit your blog. keep post more about this topic. i will be back soon.

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermalinamartis

I'll have to check out FirstPass.I've been importing directly to Aperture, and it can be painful on my 2008 MacBook.

November 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Fracht-Monroe

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