I have recently discovered a great piece of software issued free of charge by the good people of Elinchrom. Called EL-Skyport v 3, it is available to download from the support tab on http://www.elinchrom.com
The great thing about it is that on opening a new project, it presents you with a basic studio layout with the background, camera and object to be photographed already in place. You can then very easily move things around, change background colours etc and add lights of various types in whatever position you wish. It is a great way to experiment with layouts and keep track of shoots that you have done. Although it is designed for the studio, I see no reason why it shouldn’t be equally useful for outdoor shots with lighting as well.
Serious photographers, whether amateur or professional will love it and for students, it is an absolute dream.
If you are lucky enough to use Elinchrom RX flash units, the software goes much further, allowing you to test and control your lights directly from your computer and automatically save the settings you used.
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