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Anyone here use Photokey for event photos?

Posted: Sat, 2nd Jul 2011, 8:02pm

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alvin

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I am looking to network with people who use Photokey in a "open photobooth" concept for events.

Are there some on this forum with whom we can share tips?
Posted: Fri, 8th Jul 2011, 9:48pm

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xtremed

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we use PK3Pro and PK4pro in a mobile photostudio at events including photoprinters etc
Posted: Mon, 26th Sep 2011, 8:04pm

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RRossi

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I purchased this program for this very reason.... Events.... I'm new to the event photography biz, but this software seemed more appropriate at events that are a cash and carry type of event. I also use Darkroom event software, but for green screen and simplicity PK4Pro in my opinion makes more sense.

I used it this weekend for the first time at an event and other than a print engine issue in the software... it all worked out fine.

I would however like to see two additions. 1. I would like the ability to push the processed images to external monitor so people have an easier way to view things as they happen.

The other, would be to export an image at the same time you send the job to the printer. In my mind that also makes the most sense.

Richard
Posted: Mon, 26th Sep 2011, 9:48pm

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Axeman

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Thanks for the suggestions RRossi. I will pass them along to the developers. I know we have had other users request the ability to display final images on a second monitor as well, so it is something we will look into further for future versions.

We designed PhotoKey 4 Pro with events in mind, but we don't really get a chance to actually use it ourselves at real events, so getting feedback from those of you who are, and your thoughts on how it could be improved, is hugely helpful.
Posted: Fri, 30th Sep 2011, 3:08am

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FredJClaus

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I'm an event photographer as well, looking to do on-site printing. Is there a way to tether my Nikon directly to the Photokey 4 software?
Posted: Fri, 30th Sep 2011, 5:56pm

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Axeman

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You can't tether directly to PhotoKey, but if you tether the camera to your harddrive, you can set up the folder the images are saving to as a Hot Folder in PhotoKey 4 Pro, so that every image you shoot will instantly import into PhotoKey 4 Pro for processing.

You can set up auto export as well, if you want, so that the image is automatically imported, keyed and processed, then exported to a new image file, without any interaction from you being required.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Oct 2011, 11:24pm

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FXhomer109218

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I shoot events and specialty photo setups using a Nikon D300 w/ fast zoom and a DNP DS40 printer. I use assorted light setups based on the event. I have used other software and decided to try Photokey at my next event.

Regarding the DNP DS40 printer:

Pros: Once set up and past the printer window, it prints faster than most other dye sub printers I've used. It is rugged and reliable.

Cons: This printer has it's quirks. First, it is not your typical plug and play printer, and just using the wrong USB port causes major problems which sometimes requires re-installing the device drivers - a waste of 15 minutes. Additionally, I experience problems with seamless printing integration using Photokey Pro 4. I can not simply send the projects in mass to the printer. Instead, I have to keep using the Windows printing menu. It would be nice if Photokey saved the projects as .jpg images which could be immediately sent to the printer.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Oct 2011, 11:26pm

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Axeman

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You can use the Batch Export toolset to export all of the images in the project to JPEGs or TIFFs, that's its primary purpose.
Posted: Wed, 11th Apr 2012, 6:46am

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vixel

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Hi, I would like to ask on batch export could fxhome detect automatically if the picture is portrait or landscape? so it could automatically select the background & overlays according to portrait or landscape format?

I'm considering fxhome for my photobooth business and would need a fast processing software.
Thanks!