Camera to computer, a thousand images sitting there, with nothing to do…
So now that you have a camera, and have learned about composition, and some basic shooting settings, it’s time to go and take some photos! Now you are driving home after a nice evening of shooting and it dawns on you “How am I going to get these images from my camera to computer!?!?” Ya that’s the staggering reality isn’t it? But have no fear Jesse is here!
If you are jumping into my photography basics course right here, consider starting at Part 1 Right HERE. First thing you need (If you don’t have one built into a laptop) is to get yourself a card reader. Mine was very cheap (like 7 bucks) and can read all the standard cards. I know you can plug your camera into your computer via USB, but its painfully slow, and you need to have your camera on, and you will spill coffee on your camera… A card reader is fast and small and easy and is perfect for getting photos from your camera to computer with ease.
Now comes the real question, what are you willing to fork out for editing software? I know that mac has some stuff, windows too, but they are trash, they will not cut it. So naturally the first program you think of is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is awesome. And Photoshop is WAY more than just photos! Way more, like so much more, don’t let people tell you it is just for photos, they are wrong. However Photoshop is going to set you back around $500-$650… Ouch right? Let me just say that Photoshop is not 100% needed, but trust me, when you need it, you are so glad it’s there for you! And if you are going to go pro with this whole photography gig, better just bite the bullet, but read the rest first…
There is software that IS 100% needed in my opinion. 100% of my photos from camera to computer touch Adobe Lightroom. Every photo you have seen from my camera to computer, to social media, to a wall somewhere, has gone through Lightroom. Now Photoshop can of course do 100% of what Lightroom can do in terms of editing, however Lightroom is all about SPEED! Speed is critical, as I mentioned getting photos from camera to computer can be slow enough. Having to edit 400 photos after a shoot would be HORRIBLE to do only with Photoshop, one at a time, forever…
Lightroom lets you adjust colour, exposure, contrast, and a hundred other things, as well as “paint” specific areas you want to be affected. ALSO it keeps the thousands of photos you have, ORGANISED! It’s SO important to stay organised, you keep dumping things camera to computer, you really want to make sure you know where to look to edit them. Lightroom knows what you have imported, and what still needs to be.
Lightroom is ~$150, or $80 if you are a student. But there is another option! Adobe, the makers of both programs, have a month by month payment for these 2 programs. Adobe creative cloud lets you use the most current versions for $10 a month! If you are just trying to learn and figure it all out it could be a really inexpensive way to do that! Check out the other packages they have right HERE.
Now to learn these programs is a bit of a curve of course. But Lightroom can have you editing in a very short time! Keep current here as I will branch into doing some more in depth looks at my process while editing!
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Finally there are a couple FREE options. #1 head over and get yourself a Google Plus account. Inside they have a very decent editing program! The second option is to use Picmonkey, its very limited, but it can work. Check both out and give them a shot, could be just enough to push you into Lightroom!!
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