You have a digital camera – Now What?

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October 16, 2008

Aren’t digital cameras wonderful? You never have to worry about running out of film (just battery 🙂 )You never have to wonder, “Is that picture going to come out?” because you can look at the preview. And, you don’t have to pay for processing. But you *do* have to learn a little about what to do with the photos after you take them.

In our 5 years on the road, we have taken nearly 20,000 pictures! Being a computer professional, I was undaunted by the tasks of managing those digital photos. I knew how to organize them into folders, I knew how to use Fireworks (like Photoshop) to crop, resize, and make them look better, I knew how to make websites to share them and backup software to keep them safe. Each day, after taking dozens of photos, I would spend 30 – 60 minutes preparing the photos and putting them on my blog.

Then I discovered Picasa and life with photos got a whole lot easier. What used to take me an hour and 3 or 4 different programs, now takes me 5-10 minutes and all I need is Picasa. View the video below for more information.

Overview of Picasa 3 for Windows:

For more Picasa Videos see

Chris Guld

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  2. I use the both, Orkut and Facebook. In my opnion, Orkut is betetr. Facebook is for you know about the life of the others. Orkut have more options. Like the communities, you can learn, discuss, and do too many things. But I reckon that everybody use Face becouse everybody started use the Face first.

  3. Thanks for the information. I’ll check since this was some ago for updates.

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  5. John Shelton

    Except for red-eye correction and an occasional lightening or darkening and some cropping or resizing of photographs, organizing and viewing photos is about the extent of my photography. I have a file of approximately 7000 photos from the past several years and I find Faststone Image Viewer to be head and shoulders superior to ANY free photo managing program. I have tried perhaps a dozen or so and none impress me as Faststone does.

  6. Thanks Earl! does look like a great way to supplement Picasa’s photo editing features. You can’t draw shapes or use ‘layers’ in Picasa. But, Picasa would still be my tool of choice for all the rest … import, organize, caption, one-click fixes, email, upload to web, print, collage, slide shows, backup … etc.

  7. Earl Gillespie

    Here’s one you might enjoy perusing.