Which Digital Photography Software Is Right For You?
You will usually get a CD packed with assorted digital
photography software, when you buy a new digital camera.
You can also buy numerous additional image editing software packages on
the internet. Great!...but what software do you actually need and what
should you use it for?
For some people, digital
photography means just taking your memory card to the nearest
high-street lab and getting the pictures printed.
For others, it means editing their pictures on their home computer for
storage or printing themselves. Many have started uploading their
pictures to personal web galleries on the internet as well.
So just what can imaging software do for you?
Most digital photography software packages have the same basic editing
features available, with the more expensive packages, such Adobe
Photoshop having them all plus many more.
The features are:
Resize images for printing or use on a webpage
Improve colour, brightness and contrast
Correct exposure problems
Remove redeye from portrait shots
Crop an image to improve the composition
Sharpen an image that is slightly blurred
Add special effects
Remove unwanted elements from a scene
What To Look For When
Is it a download or CD? Many smaller
programs can only be downloaded from the internet, but if you are
considering a more powerful application, this can be time-consuming.
These bigger programs usually come on a CD, which makes it easier for
you to get the software and also means you have a backup copy, if
something happens to your computer. If you purchase software online and
download it, you should always make a backup CD as well, just incase.
What do you need it for? Use the software
which is most appropriate for your needs. For example, if you only want
to remove redeye from some of your pictures, then you don’t need to
waste a lot of money on a package such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel
Draw. You could use a simple, free application such as Google Picasa or
The Gimp for the same task.
What type of computer system do you have?
When buying software, you should check what type of computer system it
requires. Some image editing packages are only available on either PC
or Mac, not both.
Also check that you have a powerful enough system to run the
applications. Some require specifications such as a certain amount of
RAM, high spec graphics card or a powerful processor.
Possibly The Best Free
Image Editing Software Available
Gimp - A good alternative to Adobe Photoshop,
offering a good variety of basic tools and filters. It is compatible
with Windows, Mac and Unix.
Picasa - An easy to use personal image library
with editing functions. Excellent for basic tasks such as redeye
removal. Available for Windows.
- A fast photo viewer that’ll open nearly any image that you can find.
It also has editing functions, but is more useful as a photo library.
Available for Windows.
Photoshop Express - A free image editor that
offers a superb array of editing tools straight from your web browser.
It also offers 2GB of image storage. It is currently only available to
the United States.
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