The Digital Photography and RVing series will now focus on the second of the three steps of digital photography: Organizing and editing photos.
You’ve taken photos with your new digital camera. Now what?
You can download your photos to a computer, organize them using a photo management program, and edit them using a photo-editing program.
Photographers refer to this process as digital workflow.
In simple terms “digital photography work-flow” is a systematic process of downloading, organizing, editing, backing-up, and sharing digital photos.
Walking along the path of a beginning digital photographer, I learned much the hard way.
I slowly came to realize that it was necessary to have a systematic work-flow for my digital photo processing.
Slowly, by numerous trials and errors, I’ve found a simplified way that works for me to develop, sort, organize, and archive my digital photo collection.
Select a Photo Management Program
If you shoot just 40 photos a week, you’ll end the year with more than a two thousand digital files—that’s a lot of photos to keep track of without some help!
For one thing, it’s going to be tough to find a specific photo. If you want to view the photo of a roseate spoonbill you took two years ago on South Padre Island in Texas, for example, you’ll have a difficult time finding it.
How can you put those photos into some semblance of order?
The first step in organizing your photos is to select a photo management program.
There are a number of excellent programs that organize, categorize, and keyword your photos so that you can store and locate all your digital files without losing track of them.
One of the most important factors in selecting a photo organization program is ease-of-use.
Which photo management system is right for you?
You have many choices. They include:
- The program that came with your computer
- The software that came with your digital camera
- FREE software such as Picasa
- Purchase your own software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6, or Apple Aperture.
Picasa is free photo management software from Google that helps you find, organize, edit, and share your photos. Picasa is one of the better photo managers available. Its ever growing popularity can be attributed to its simplicity and ease of use. And did I mention that it’s FREE. Picasa is available as a download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
You can find out more about Picasa by watching this You-tube video.
When you install Picasa, it automatically scans your hard drive for images.
Picasa does not store the photos on your computer. When you open Picasa, it simply looks at the folders on your computer and displays the photos it finds. It displays the file types that you tell it to find, in the folders that you tell it to search.
Your original photos are always preserved. When using editing tools in Picasa, your original files are never touched. The photo edits you make are only viewable in Picasa until you decide to save your changes. Even then, Picasa creates a new version of the photo with your edits applied, leaving the original file totally preserved.
Picasa 3.9 is available for download.
Every picture I take is like a diary entry.