16th Nov 2005

Digital Photography Software

Since there is a wide variety of free digital photography software on the market, there is no reason to spend any money on full-blown, professional professional digital photography software until you are sure that you will need it for some special purpose.

Software Features

Both paid and free digital photography software share many of the same features. Generally, these categories are:

  • Color Enhancement – Used to correct color casts, remove red-eye, and correct bad exposures from digital cameras.
  • Image Modification – Used to add special effects, crop and resize, enhance colors, add captions, print photo layouts, and more.
  • Image Printing and Display: Used to provide layout support for such things as photo calendars, slide shows, and web display.

You’ll usually find that you need several different copies of free digital photography software in order to get all of the same features as you find in all-in-one professional packages such as Photoshop, an industry standard.

When looking for software to download you should first check the system requirements to make sure that the package is compatible with your particular computer. There are a plethora of PC and Mac packages available. Linux packages, though they do exist, are harder to find.

Next, make sure that the package is compatible with your camera. Although not common, some programs are especially designed to work with one camera brand.

Finally, make sure that the program has as many of the features that you want as possible. As I said earlier, you very often have to download several different copies of free digital photography software in order to get a full feature set. By carefully examining the features of each package, you can avoid having to keep too many programs on your computer.

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