Rob Taylor is a professional photographer based in the UK. We asked him to take a look at Portrait Professional and give us his honest reaction. Here's what he told us.
Like keeping your accounts up to date, reviewing your portfolio is one of those tasks that professional photographers often continually put to the bottom of their to-do list. But before everyone returns from vacation looking healthy, rested and very photogenic, the summer months are ideal for casting a fresh eye over your back catalog.
As a pro photographer specialising in headshots and promotional work, I often have to get a batch of images out to the client quickly and efficiently so they can begin using them as soon as possible. But I also want to ensure that I don't send out any images that haven't been properly processed. After all, if my clients don't look good, I don't look good.
Both speed and accuracy are important factors in my workflow, so it's important that I maximize efficiency. And while high-end editing software gives you unrivaled control over your images, making everything look just right can often feel like a never-ending task.
Like many photographers, when it comes to digital imaging, I'm kind of a control freak. Fully automated software leaves its mark and, when you've seen enough images that have been processed by it, they all begin to look the same. (I'm looking at you, Instagram.) So, having seen the ads for Portrait Professional in the photography press, I was more than a little skeptical about its supposed capabilities. But after just a few minutes using it I discovered that there's a very simple reason they called it Portrait Professional: It helps you create professional portraits.
You've probably seen hundreds of images that have been run through Portrait Professional in magazines, on billboards and online, but it's unlikely you'd know it because the results are so delightfully subtle. Thanks to Portrait Professional's intuitive interface, not only can you be up and running in seconds but you also have complete control over the effects that the software has on your images.
To test this, I used Portrait Professional to process the raw image of my girlfriend's corporate portrait which I had taken some months earlier. When I showed her the result, she couldn't tell me exactly what I'd done to the image, but just said "Wow!" She explained that she could see that she looked even more amazing than usual, but without the benefit of comparing the before and after images side-by-side, the effects of Portrait Professional were subtle enough not to stand out.
Using Portrait Professional has not only left an impression on me, it's changed the way I approach my workflow. Suddenly my annual portfolio review isn't only going to be a pleasure, but it's also going to take far less time than previous years. And that gives me more time to spend doing what I love: Taking great photographs.