Celebrity photographer Manfred Baumann has been using a pre-release version of ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019 for a while, and in this article he shares his impressions of using the software.


As a photographer, there are plenty of software programs out there that all want my attention (and my money). ACDSee is a name that will be familiar to many digital photographers, going right back to the 1990s. Designed originally as an image organization tool for digital photographs, ACDSee has evolved over more than 20 years to become a fully featured digital asset manager and editing platform. These days it's basically a 'one-stop shop' for digital photographers.

Like most photographers, I prefer taking pictures to sitting in front of a computer. For that reason, the software I use has to be fast, uncomplicated and self-explanatory. A RAW Converter is like a digital darkroom for me - everything else is optional. I've been using ACDSee for years. The latest version, Photo Studio Ultimate 2019, competes directly with the world's best RAW editors, offering in-depth editing features alongside advanced image cataloging and organizational tools.

New in the 2019 version is face detection and automatic face recognition,

One of my favorite things about Photo Studio Ultimate's editing power is the option to use layers when working on my RAW files. New in the 2019 version is face detection and automatic face recognition, which allows you to find photos of clients, friends or relatives at the click of a button. I don't think many people would have difficulty recognizing some of my portrait subjects, but face detection and recognition are useful features when I'm organizing images for my clients.

Photo Studio Ultimate also brings improvements to black and white editing, which let me individually adjust the contrast and brightness of different channels. I can even use the Edit Brush to paint these adjustments onto specific parts of an image. Monochrome editing is at the heart of a lot of my workflow, and the improved black and white mode features in Ultimate 2019 are really useful.

ACDSee is ideal for photographers who prefer to take photos rather than sit in front of the computer

It is important to continue growing, and as an artist, you always want to make sure that viewers can recognize your signature in your photographs. I like to think that I catch what others might not have seen. My primary focus is using images to say something about the essence of the person I'm photographing, and it's all about the imagery: quality before quantity. Quality can be recognized by the fact that a good image doesn't go out of date.

I would say ACDSee is ideal for photographers who prefer to take photos outdoors or in the studio rather than constantly sitting in front of the computer. It is cost effective, fast, and offers more features than most of its competitors. With Photo Studio Ultimate I really don't need to use additional software in my workflow; I can usually do everything I need to do without leaving the app.

When it comes to image organization and cataloguing I do this exclusively in ACDSee Studio Ultimate now. It's the quickest and easiest way for me to work.

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Manfred Baumann lives and works in Europe and the USA with his wife, Nelly. Throughout a long and varied career he has photographed celebrities from the worlds of acting, sports, and fashion.

A passionate advocate for animal rights, images from Baumann's 'Mustangs' project have been exhibited in the Natural History Museum, Vienna.

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