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I have a Nikon compact I've been using for years with Picture Project. As of yesterday I am a proud D60 DSLR /img/avatar8.jpg and this is all the excuse I need to decide it's time to ditch PP completely. It's bloated and painfully slow. Unfortunately it holds all my old photos nicely organised, cropped, and adjusted for lighting etc. I would really like to be able to move to new software and keep those settings while leaving the original photos untouched. I would also like software with the power to manage my new DSLR shots..

I've installed ViewNX but haven't really played with it yet, I could also seek out Lightroom, or Picasa. I already own CS3 Master Collection so am a little miffed that I do not have Lightroom with that already but I will go with what the folks here reckon is the best way to store my photos..

I also plan on paying for a flickr membership shortly to get some worthwhile offsite storage. Anyone have any recommendations or thoughts?..

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Picasa is a great freebie program. But if that is all you need, then also take a look at Smart Pix Manager..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #1

If you don't plan to do any PP (post processing, not picture project) then LR is too much for you. But, if you DO PP, then it's the best choice, IMO. Ver 2 just hit....

Muptup wrote:.

I have a Nikon compact I've been using for years with PictureProject. As of yesterday I am a proud D60 DSLR owner and this is allthe excuse I need to decide it's time to ditch PP completely. It'sbloated and painfully slow. Unfortunately it holds all my old photosnicely organised, cropped, and adjusted for lighting etc. I wouldreally like to be able to move to new software and keep thosesettings while leaving the original photos untouched. I would alsolike software with the power to manage my new DSLR shots..

I've installed ViewNX but haven't really played with it yet, I couldalso seek out Lightroom, or Picasa. I already own CS3 MasterCollection so am a little miffed that I do not have Lightroom withthat already but I will go with what the folks here reckon is thebest way to store my photos..

I also plan on paying for a flickr membership shortly to get someworthwhile offsite storage. Anyone have any recommendations orthoughts?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

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Muptup wrote:.

I have a Nikon compact I've been using for years with PictureProject. As of yesterday I am a proud D60 DSLR owner and this is allthe excuse I need to decide it's time to ditch PP completely. It'sbloated and painfully slow. Unfortunately it holds all my old photosnicely organised, cropped, and adjusted for lighting etc. I wouldreally like to be able to move to new software and keep thosesettings while leaving the original photos untouched. I would alsolike software with the power to manage my new DSLR shots..

I've installed ViewNX but haven't really played with it yet, I couldalso seek out Lightroom, or Picasa. I already own CS3 MasterCollection so am a little miffed that I do not have Lightroom withthat already but I will go with what the folks here reckon is thebest way to store my photos..

I also plan on paying for a flickr membership shortly to get someworthwhile offsite storage. Anyone have any recommendations orthoughts?.

I've have a range of photo management and editing programs. From what was supplied with my camera, to CS2, CS3, Lightroom, ACDSee, etc.. I've also tried a few online hosting places. Personally, the combination of Lightroom and Flickr has worked out wonderfully for me. Lightroom makes editing different file types (jpg, raw, dng, tiff, etc) seamless and never actually makes changes to the original files. Flickr may be simplistic but it's advantage over others is the community..

Happy shooting!.

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savagehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mrnoronha/sets/..

Comment #3

Lightroom is about $300, isn't it? That's the software we're talking about? made by photoshop? Can you do stacking with Lightroom?.

Thanks..

Comment #4

Stacking yes. To the OP, if you need excellent organizational capabilities but only need limited editing capabilities, Try ACDSee V10 (not ACDSee pro). Superb organizational capabilities, but without the advanced editing capabilities of Pro 2. (less than $50 USD).

Lightroom is good but Very expensive.STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

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And my non Photo blog:http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-Qe0Iq3g2d6ML3IynXl.Q2i5CPe6UaA?cq=1..

Comment #5

Thanks for the suggestions guys..

I was able to get the 5k CS3 for staff rate from an Adobe friend but don't exactly relish the thought of forking out for Lightroom. Especially as I have Photoshop with that for PP..

I used ACDsee ages ago but can't say I was super impressed with it. It seemed a little amateur. How would a ViewNX Picasa combination compare for RAW processing into management?.

At the moment I don't really do any PP but that may change very quickly with the new camera. I would certainly like to go for the management software that will scale to my needs especially if I am already having to redo any work on my old photos still in PictureProject. Perhaps I will just have to take a deep breath and go for Lightroom...

Comment #6

Muptup wrote:.

Thanks for the suggestions guys..

You are welcome..

At the moment I don't really do any PP but that may change veryquickly with the new camera..

You should PP everything...it's just a part of the digital photography process, IMO. I NEVER show anyone an un-PP pic!.

I would certainly like to go for themanagement software that will scale to my needs especially if I amalready having to redo any work on my old photos still inPictureProject. Perhaps I will just have to take a deep breath andgo for Lightroom..

In spite of the cost, I'd advise you to suck it in and go for LR. It's so much more advanced than anything else that I can't recommend anything else. And Adobe is rapidly "fleshing" it out to be a full-featured editor too. At this juncture, you will need some flavor of PS to do everything...but only on a small percentage of your pix (I use PSE6 on less than 5% of mine)..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

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