Canon U.S.A. has announced the beta version of its first photographer-matching service Image Connect. The technology makes the process of finding and hiring a photographer that you can trust easier and simpler. The OEM also launched a Photo-Culling plug-in for Adobe Lightroom Classic to support the workflow needs of photographers. Image Connect, offered through the RAISE photo community platform, connects customers with professional photographers “so that the customer can focus on the moment while the photographer captures it.” The beta version of the service will first be available to a limited number in the U.S. and will initially focus on family events such as newborn portraits, birthday parties, family portraits, religious events and engagements.
The new Photo-Culling Plugin for Adobe Lightroom Classic can save photographers hours of post-production work by using technical models to cull for image sharpness, noise, exposure, contrast, closed eyes and red eyes. Analyzed images will be flagged with different coloured flags to “remain true to the native Adobe Lightroom Classic experience.” The photographer will also have the ability to customize the settings within each technical model to remain in complete control. The Photo Culling plug-in will be available exclusively on the Adobe Exchange App Marketplace for a monthly subscription. Both services are scheduled to become available in Q1 of 2020.