Have you ever wondered what all those free online photography courses have in common? Yes. They talk about what and how to do photography, but rarely do you come across one which actually explains how to manage the digital variety on your computer.
The reason we tend to cram our digital camera with pictures is because the ‘film' is free. There's just one problem. Ultimately, you end up with more photographs than you know what to do with!
You know what I mean, don't you?
First off, you need to name all the pictures before saving them. Names like "pc857643.jpg" will not really aid you in remembering whether the image displayed is of your kid taking his first step or your son stepping on the family cat.
To avoid this confusion it's best to do a bit of batch processing especially if you display sloth-like tendencies.
Batch processing is a technique in which a single program is used to process many specific jobs. In the case of digital photography however, this process is used to manage digitized images online according to the concerned photographer's personal preferences.
This technique also involves converting images to different file formats or e-mail friendly files to better manage your family's and friend's images.
You really don't want to mix your bachelor party snaps with your wedding photos do you?
For the advanced digital shutterbug, Windows XP and ME won't do the trick. These software weren't designed with the digital photographer in mind, but that is not to say that they are completely useless. For the amateur (or family oriented) shutterbug the abovementioned software are beneficial when it comes to renaming your files.
How you ask?
You can rename a bunch of photos in a single action by using a very simple trick. All you have to do is open the folder you stored your images in and select several of them.
After that right-click on the last image you selected and choose "Rename" from the drop down menu. Type a new name for the image, press the "Enter" key and viola! You just managed to do accomplish what some dictators couldn't!
Hey, didn't you have pictures which needed to be rotated?
Or do you prefer acting like a dozing bat whenever you want to view them? If you don't want to suffer from migraines, then you best turn them right side up, shouldn't you?
To do that, simply select the images in question, right-click on the last image and choose "Rotate Clockwise" or "Rotate anti-clockwise" from the menu. Your digital images won't look like pictures from Alice in Wonderland anymore.
Keep in mind though, that the rotate trick only works from the drop down menu you get when you right-click. It won't work if your folders are set to Windows XP Filmstrip view.
All you'll manage to do is rotate the last image selected. Whether you opt for lessons, or free online photography courses, it's best to keep these simple pointers in mind if you plan to venture briefly in the digital world.
However, if your interest in this technical pastime borders on the fanatic side, then you better opt for more advanced options when it comes to batch processing your snaps. You can use Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to if you prefer to have a more hands-on approach regarding your image files.
The latter is a full featured image editor which comes with a simple to use batch mode. This software can be used to convert images to different file formats as well as resize them according to a specific resolution.
If you find yourself short on cash but pressed for time, then you may want to choose ACD System's ACDSee. This is a relatively inexpensive image managing software which can display thumbnails of your snaps and even helps you edit and locate pictures. It also features image correction and editing tools. If you want to know more you can check out the website at acdsee.com.
Free online photography courses are all well and good, but nothing beats installing your very own Photoshop software and going crazy over it. Don't worry. It won't bite back. Experience dictates it's better to believe in one's own abilities rather than rely on another experienced photographer to do the job for you.
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