Sony just released their new software suite, Imaging Edge, which is the combination of three applications. The three different programs come bundled together in a single installer which is available for both Windows and Apple computers which you can download here. The software set features several functions and controls that aren't exactly new to the world of photography but are designed in a way to help streamline workflows for photographers. In addition, just as was outlined in Sony's original announcement, Imaging Edge is designed to maximize the capabilities of the Pixel Shift Multi Shooting technology.
The three different programs, Remote, Viewer, and Edit are built in a way that allows photographers shoot with a tethered setup and then seamlessly progress to culling and then editing the shots. You can check Sony's list of supported devices to see if your camera will work with any or all of the programs that come in the software suite. Right now, the only Sony camera that supports all elements of this technology is the Sony a7R III as noted in the list of supported devices.
Remote is a tethering application that allows photographers to make adjustments to shooting controls all while checking the images on the larger screen of a computer. It includes controls such as grids, guides, and other overlay functions that allow you to make more precise adjustments to your compositions. You can also make more finely tuned adjustments using the Aria focus controls, zoom display, and the manual focus functions.
Viewer is a fairly standard image selection program that allows you to preview your shots in a list view where you can then add ratings and select shots to then send to Edit for developing. Viewer can reference folders which saves time because file import is simply not necessary. It also contains grids and guides that you can use to check your shooting images. The selections and ratings that you apply within Viewer can be transformed to an XMP Adobe compatible format which will then allow you to transfer to both Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.
Edit is the last step for your files in this sequence of programs where you can then make adjustments to your images such as image brightness, white balance, sharpness, noise reduction, and several other controls for developing your shots. Of all the documentation that Sony has created for this suite, they have spent the most time detailing the controls and abilities for harnessing Pixel Shift Multi Shooting and for how to create your own optimized workflow for that particular shoot method. Imaging Edge is clearly designed to help photographers take images captured with the pixel shift technology and smoothly navigate from shooting to editing. Because of the time and sensitivity involved with taking pixel shift shots, the sets of controls contained within this software bundle are built to help you make more in-camera adjustments which aids you in creating the cleanest, sharpest image as is possible. You can find in-depth documentation concerning camera controls for Pixel Shift Multi shooting by clicking this link.
Like most software programs out there Imaging Edge has room for growth and expanded capabilities. Since this is the initial release it's probably safe to expect plenty of updates for both the software itself and the firmware for the cameras that will be added to the list of supported devices in the future. Sony has also set up the software to give you the ability to connect the Imaging Edge suite to other post-processing programs such as Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic CC, and Capture One 10. Instructions for registering and using external programs can be found here. Personally, I am pretty excited to see how this technology evolves and expands over time. What are your thoughts? Make sure to comment below and let us know!
[via Sony Corporation]