Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Gadget Bag: Organizing Your Images
Digital cameras make it possible to shoot a vast number of photos quickly. To keep those pictures organized, you need software that’s up to the task.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 provides tools that streamline the process of viewing, evaluating, sorting and selecting images for processing. Think of it as a business-management tool for your workflow, an application that makes it easy for you to perform all of the vital housekeeping tasks, starting from image capture through importing, RAW image processing (all RAW formats), metadata manipulation, renaming, etc. On the output side, it provides easy ways to create thumbnail proof sheets, online web galleries and high-quality slideshows. It also facilitates and organizes printer output, and allows you to save and recall favorite page layouts. Version 2 adds enhanced organizational tools, multiple monitor support, 64-bit support for both Mac and Windows PCs, full Photoshop CS4 integration and D-SLR profiling. Estimated Street Price: $299; $99 (upgrade).
iPhoto from Apple is fun to use, modestly priced and does just about everything anyone could expect from workflow software. It’s a powerful application, but it’s also a good choice for casual users because it takes no time to learn. iPhoto offers standard and advanced organizing tools, including the ability to add and display GPS information. A robust set of image-editing functions enables cropping, resizing, color correction and red-eye removal. And there’s a nice assortment of special-effects options, too. Images can be output as a sophisticated slideshow. iPhoto offers a variety of sharing options and provides a direct, one-press uplink to Facebook or Flickr. Mac only. Estimated Street Price: $79 (part of iLife ’09).
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