Digital Camera Software

Take it easy and buysome good Digital Camera Software!

When you decide to take up photography, the first thing you are likely to do is go shopping for a suitable camera. Today they all come with a CD-ROM or DVD that is loaded with all the basic digital camera software you will need. This is what we call "proprietary" digital camera software, because it is what we need to be able to use the camera with a computer. So when you go shopping, make sure that your computer has the system requirements for the digital camera software that will be supplied.

Generally the system requirements will relate to the operating system you use, as well as the minimum amount of memory you need, as well as the hard drive disc (HDD) space you need.

The exact features of the software supplied will depend on the model you choose, but it will usually include various tools that will enable you to save images onto your computer and make them easy to sort and find. It may also give you the means of doing some basic image editing, for example to:

• Get rid of redeye caused by flash light.
• Resize photographs for printing, emailing or for use on the Internet.
• Crop images to improve and enhance the composition.
• Crop parts of the photograph to get rid of unwanted elements.
• Work on the photograph to get rid of unwanted elements, for example by cloning pixels.
• Improve colours in the photograph.
• Sharpen images that appear a bit blurred.
• Blurr backgrounds deliberately.
• Correct exposure problems, for example lighten an under-exposed photograph.
• Add special effects or filters.

It may not have the capacity to do all these functions, but there is a wide range of image editing options that you can buy if you want to expand your abilities and work on your pictures on screen.

The very best digital camera software you can buy is Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite (CS). It comes with everything you could possibly need to manipulate photographs on a computer, and it works with both Windows and Apple Mac, but it is very expensive.

Adobe also offers less expensive versions, like Photoshop Elements, which are worth looking at if you only want to use Photoshop for photographic elements only. They offer powerful tools that also work on both Windows and Apple Mac.

There are many others available, most of which are made specifically for Windows, for example PaintShop Pro, Photo Impact and PhotoStudio.

See what your proprietary package can do, and then decide whether or not you need to go out and buy more professional digital camera software.

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