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How To use Darkroom for any size business

by / Tuesday, 12 March 2013 / Published in How To

This article will outline some of the more popular uses for Darkroom Core and Pro. Darkroom is a flexible application and can be used as a building block for a wide variety of workflows. Below are diagrams of just a few of the possible configurations for Darkroom. Click here for tips on Networking with Darkroom Software.

Basic Event

Advanced Event

Large Event

Small Studio

Large Studio

Large Chain Studio

Basic Event Setup With this basic setup Darkroom can capture the image from the tethered camera and then auto print the image at the size you select to the printer. You can also add a Border or a background to a green screen image and then choose a pre-determined package to send to the printer. Images can also be uploaded to an online ordering site like Photoreflect.com. This is a great set up to begin photographing events and can grow to a system that will accommodate very large events.Equipment Needed● A Windows Laptop or Desktop Computer

● Darkroom Core, Pro or AE

● A professional SLR digital camera

● One or more Dye Sub or Ink Jet printers for on-site printing

● Appropriate cables to connect the camera and printer to the computer

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Advanced Event Setup By adding a wireless router and wireless transmitter to the basic setup you are free to roam about the event and even have more than one camera sending images to Darkroom. You can expand this setup to handle larger volume by adding additional printers. All versions of Darkroom can manage up to 4 Windows printers and Pro and AE using our Direct drivers can manage an unlimited numberEquipment Needed● A Windows Laptop or Desktop Computer

● Darkroom Core, Pro or AE

● One or more professional SLR digital cameras

● One or more Dye Sub or Ink Jet printers for on-site printing

● A wireless router

● A Canon or Nikon wireless transmitter or Eye-fi card

● Appropriate cables to connect the camera and printer to the computer

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Large Event Setup Using Darkroom Pro as a server you can scale up to very large events and allow customers to browse images at Presentation stations running Core. Depending on your operating system on the Pro computer you can add from 1 to an unlimited number of presentation stations. You can also add 2 or more capture stations and tether multiple cameras. It is limited only by your imagination.Equipment Needed● A Windows Computer with Darkroom Pro as a server

● One or more Windows Computers with Darkroom Core as a presentation station for ordering

● a professional SLR digital camera tethered to the server

● Multiple Dye Sub or Ink Jet printers for on-site printing

● A network switch to link all of the computers

● Appropriate cables to connect the camera and printer to the computer

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Small Studio Setup Using Darkroom Pro as a server you can efficiently manage a small portrait studio. With a capture station in the camera room and a sales station in a presentation room you can keep shooting while another employee is showing and selling. With onsite printers you can deliver portraits in minutes or use Photoreflect for online odering and a Labtricity lab to order prints and specialty items. As a bonus, Darkroom will track sales and orders too! This setup can expand by adding more capture stations and sales stations to increase capacity as needed.Equipment Needed● A Windows computer with Darkroom Pro as a server

● One or more Windows computers with Darkroom Core as a sales station for previewing and ordering

● A professional SLR digital camera tethered to Darkroom Core as a capture station

● Multiple Dye Sub or Ink Jet printers for on-site printing

● A network switch to link all of the computers

● Appropriate cables to connect the camera and printer to the computer

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Large Studio Setup By adding additional capture and sales stations Darkroom can grow with your studio and increase capacity as needed. You can increase the volume and speed of onsite printing by adding a minilab system all managed by Darkroom while using a Labtricity lab to order specialty items.Equipment Needed● A Windows computer with Darkroom Pro as a server

● One or more Windows computers with Darkroom Core as a sales station for previewing and ordering

● A professional SLR digital camera tethered to Darkroom Core as a capture station

● A mini lab for high volume printing

● A network switch to link all of the computers

● Appropriate cables to connect the camera and printer to the computer

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Large Chain Studio Setup By duplicating the small studio setup Darkroom can link with a private Labtricity server and any number of mini labs to create a nationwide chain of studios with your own high volume photo lab.Equipment Needed● Multiple small studio set ups

● A private Labtricity server

● One or more mini lab systems

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