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    Posted: 29 December 2007 at 23:18


Photography Related Computer Hardware and Software




This section of the knowledge base aims to help the photographers with computers which has become a reqired tool for photography as much as a camera is. Below you will find links various sources about photography related software and hardware.



Software



Simple Photo Managers

If you are not very experienced with computers or post processing, you might prefer an easy to use solution over more powerful ones. Such a program is Google Picasa. It allows basic photo editing with a easy to use interface and supports direct uploading to Picasa Web Albums which is a very straight forward way of sharing your photos online. A similar program is Photoshop Album Starter Edition from Adobe. It lets you do some basic tweaks along with tagging, grouping and archiving your photos. PhotoFiltre, Photoscape and Paint.NET are also notable programs.



RAW converters

RAW format is sometimes called the digital negative because a RAW file cannot be viewed directly, it must be processed in order to obtain a viewable picture of them. RAW Converters are tools which process RAW files with various parameters that you can adjust, once finished the result is saved in a picture format like JPEG or TIFF. A notable RAW converter is UFraw which is a totally free open source project for Mac users.



Photography Workflow Software

Workflow programs are relatively new in the market. They combine the power of a professional raw converter, image editor and archive management system. By this integration, they aim to deliver all that a photographer needs in a single, easy to use package. However they generally lack the sophisticated editing features of image editing suites. Important workflow programs are Bibble, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture.



Image Editing Suites

These programs have a very wide scope, extending beyond photography into graphical design, web design, arts and more. They provide the most powerful image processing tools for a photographer. However their complexity is their drawback, a photography enthusiast is unlikely to use most of the features found in them. Two most important image editing suites are the freeware GIMP and the commercial Adobe Photoshop.



Conversion to Black and White

A look at options for converting colour shots to black and white with contributions by Micholand and Bob J. See.



Frame creating software



Noise Reduction Plugins compared





Hardware



Computers

Keeping Your Photos Secure and Safe -- important!

Hardware Requirements For Photo Processing

Data Recovery From Corrupted Drives



Printers and Printing

Understanding DPI, Resolution and Print Size Relationships

Printer Recommendations | Easy Printing



Perhiperals

Film Scanners

Tablets







Photo Hosting Sites



Recommendations for hosting




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Post Options Post Options   Quote glad2badad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2009 at 16:21
ACDSee has quite a few products now...I've been looking at the ACDSee Pro 2.5, which would fall into the 'Photography Workflow Software' area I guess.

Additionally, there's no mention of Paint Shop Pro X2 (or earlier versions) by Corel. This product is fairly well-known IMO.
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Originally posted by glad2badad glad2badad wrote:

Additionally, there's no mention of Paint Shop Pro X2 (or earlier versions) by Corel. This product is fairly well-known IMO.
I've been a user of Paint Shop Pro for the ten years it's been around, up to X2.

It's a great program. I do a lot of photo processing after RAW conversion (for which I use Bibble), and there's virtually nothing I couldn't do with PSP. I use plugins such as FocusMagic (sharpening) and NeatImage (noise reduction), which are better that Photoshop PS4... but from time to time I'll use PSP's built in functions, which are quite adequate for most people.

Except for professional use, I believe PSP X2 is a much better value than any Photoshop version.
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I've been trying to find a copy of Konica Minolta's Dimage Master software (the full version, not lite) for quite some time now. I still haven't found it. Can anyone help?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kevinbm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2010 at 15:53
Originally posted by surima surima wrote:

I've been trying to find a copy of Konica Minolta's Dimage Master software (the full version, not lite) for quite some time now. I still haven't found it. Can anyone help?


Try here:

http://download2.konicaminoltaeurope.com/openmind/technic/kmphdwl.nsf/psearch?OpenForm&ch=CAM&dist=BEU&ui=en&dg=sw&prod=DiMAGE%20Master&dsg=&os=&lang=&ml=0&rid=C1256AE800480E96&sub=
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I hope that I'm in the right place for this question. I have been asked to do a few portrait workshops in my living room. I have enough space and height for lights, so I'm OK there. What I need is a way of transferring the image in my a700 to either a computer screen or a television so the the class can see what I am doing by just following the screen and not having to look at the ground glass, which really slows things down. Any ideas (especially inexpensive thoughts since the classes are free)? I appreciate any help out there. Thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Octupi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2010 at 02:27
Have you considered tethered shooting to your laptop (assuming you have one) and then connecting that to your TV or allowing them to view your laptop/computer? You can shoot tethered to LR or simply a folder on your hard drive

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Hmmm... Sony Remote Camera Control?
Then you open the files in Sony Image Data Lightbox.
I don't know if there's a cheaper software.

Oops: Octupi was faster.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote blek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2011 at 21:19
Originally posted by Turerkan Turerkan wrote:

Two most important image editing suites are the freeware GIMP



Pardon, but I think it'll be better to use 'FOSS' or 'Free Software' term since 'Freeware' (in common usage) tends to refer more often to proprietary and closed source software, sire, while the GIMP are not.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_open_source_software

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Unfortunately that site only allows a download of a 30 day trial version of Dimage Master plus an update for an existing intallation. It isn't possible to "buy" the program when your trial expires. Try doing a Google search - you may have to resort to a "torrent" download but it should be possible.
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Dyxum members might like to know that the long awaited RAWTherapee 3.0 is now available. This doesn't compare with PS and the like, but it will do most things you would expect to do with a RAW file except image manipulation. It uses the same base program as the major RAW programs and hence is kept up to date with the latest camera models. It will also open jpeg files. Contact:
http://rawtherapee.com/downloads
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What about adding Pixelmator as an image editor for Mac users?
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does anyone have anything for setting up monitors correctly?
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Originally posted by bieomax bieomax wrote:

does anyone have anything for setting up monitors correctly?


DataColor's [sic] Spyder range do the job;
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