Kit - Software

September 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hi. Continuing the blog on the kit that I use. This blog - Software. My day to day photographic software manipulation is done via Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. I looked at the full blown PS, but I couldn't really justify the huge expense for the extra bits that I wouldn’t use that much. Elements covers all my needs at a far more reasonable price. With it I can adjust colours, touch up (remove those unwanted blemishes), adjust size, merge, remove and separate. Everything I want to do, in fact. It also has a healthy arena of filters that can be added to your image (e.g. special effects and gradients). In addition to the image manipulation section, it also has an Organiser part but I tend not to use that, favouring instead Adobe Lightroom (more later). To help me with remembering what all the buttons in Elements do, I recommend 'Photoshop Elements for Windows - The Missing Manual'. It covers everything I need to know in plain language, which you need when you are in a hurry and just want to look something up. It also covers all the gucci bit too, so (when I have time) it's quite nice to try out different things. For my storage and indexing, I chose Adobe Lightroom. Here I can set up different views of the files on my disk, each view being in its own catalogue. When I load my new images onto my pc, the loading software (Canon EOS Utility) automatically creates new directories by date and stores the images in the correct directory. I then 'sync' the month folder and it pulls in all the new images. I can then 'export' the images I want into a Work directory and it copies the actual image to that directory, meaning that I can work on a subset of images, gleaned from across multiple dates or events. Very handy! It also means that I do not have to search when I re-enter Lightroom - the last catalogue is highlighted for me to carry on where I left off. Both programs are from the Adobe camp, so if I want to edit an image, I can go straight to Elements from Lightroom. Well that concludes all the equipment I use. Until next time ...

 

 


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