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I have so many questions I do not know where to begin..

I am looking at doing Senior Portrait, with invitations. I would like to place picture on a frame and writing below or on the side1. Should I take the pictures in raw or jpeg2. What software program would be best for doing this kind of project3. Do I need special developing or can I use a regular developer.

Please help, espcially with software..

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Before you get any advice people need to know :.

(a) What camera(s) you have ( and lens if a DSLR )..

(b) What type of computer you use ( MS Windows, Mac, Linux ? ).

(c) Are you used to post processing images ? .

(d) How would you describe your ability with the camera ? .

Broadly speaking it does not matter if you shoot in JPEG ro RAW if your JPEG shots are close enough to what you want to print. If you know nothing of post processing then RAW is not really an option..

Almost any word processor or desktop publishing package can do it. Most image processing packages will to ( but not all ). There are plenty of online photo print services that offer things like this., so you may need to do very little yourself and avoid software entirely..

"Special Developer" sounds a bit like you are using film ?? Not sure about special film types. Bare in mind this is a digital forum, although there are people with film background who can help I'm sure..

Melissa Poehler wrote:.

I have so many questions I do not know where to begin.I am looking at doing Senior Portrait, with invitations. I wouldlike to place picture on a frame and writing below or on the side1. Should I take the pictures in raw or jpeg2. What software program would be best for doing this kind of project3. Do I need special developing or can I use a regular developer.

Please help, espcially with software.

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #1

I have a d80 and my Lens is 24-70mm f/2.8g af-s vr autofocus. Thank you for your input. I really am not sure what I am doing other than I can take great pictures but I would like to offer my clients the best of developement. And options for invitations. I like to design what would be a good software program.Melissa Poehler..

Comment #2

If you want free software, Google GIMP..

If you want to buy it, PhotoShop from Adobe is among the best, if not the best..

Tom..

Comment #3

1. Should I take the pictures in raw or jpeg.

RAW will give you better control over white balance. If you don't mind the file size and some time spent post processing, shoot RAW. If you want to minimize post processing time and are confident in your in-camera processing, shoot JPG..

2. What software program would be best for doing this kind of project.

Photoshop, Photoshop elements, Paint Shop Pro can add the kind of borders you want. PSE and PSP are considerably cheaper than PS..

3. Do I need special developing or can I use a regular developer.

If these are for sale, use a good on line developer or a local you can work with. I've used the discount places (COSTCO, CVS etc.) with good but varied results. You'll want consistent quality from your developer. Check the Printing forum for recommendations. Last time I checked, ezprints and whcc got good reviews. I use ezprints...

Comment #4

Tell us also what your budget is for the software.And what size prints you plan to make..

The D80 pix don't need a "developer"...they come out already developed. .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #5

Camera and lens seem rather fine - no problems there..

Regarding GIMP it's only useful for 8-bit images ( JPEGs ) and for the best comtrol you should start from a RAW image and process this in a 16-bit editor ( basically a professional RAW package ). Basically for a professional Adobe CS3 or similar is very good. Alternatives include SilkyPix which is quite popular and LightZone, which I use myself..

Free alternatives include UFRaw and Cinepaint. I would not regard them as quite at the professional level, but are certainly useful..

An application called ShowFoto is available on Linux and possibly Mac, but not MS Windows,.

I know you have a DSLR but noise reduction software is quite useful. NeatImage and Noise Ninja are the favorites it seems. I use NeatImage..

Post Processing RAWs is essentially the same as PP on JPEGs, with the fact that you process sensor data direct and unprocessed and it contains more detail. If noise is an issue ( high ISO ) you may need noise removal software, because the camera removes noise for you as best it can, whereas with RAWs you need to apply this yourself. On a D80 noise is not an issue until ISO 800, and not much then..

People who like to post process like to say that no image cannot be improved by it. This is a little over the top. I would regard RAW as a great enhancement to your post processing..

There is a lot of material on the web regarding post processing. If you have no knowledge of this area start with JPEGs and see what you can do. The skills directly transfer to RAW processing..

Even if you do not capture RAW, always post process in 16-bits. Load your JPEG into whatever and convert it to 16-bit ( some software always uses 16-bits automatically ). This means that tone curve changes and color changes are more controlled, accurate and can be accumulated with fewer problems. Save 16-bit TIFFs if you need to save an intermediate result. Making a JPEG should be the last resort..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #6

Hi Melissa,.

First, are you talking about "senior citizens" or high school "senior" portraits? The reason I ask is that post processing is generally much more software intense for senior citizens than for high school age subjects..

If you are going to shoot senior citizens then you need to have at least the ability to ameliorate wrinkles, correct blotchy skin tones, remove inadvertent reflections from eyeglasses, etc. This is not to say that teens don't have zits or ever wear eyeglasses, etc., but having done both types over the years I can tell you that shooting teenagers is lots less work in post than shooting senior citizens..

So Photoshop would be a good starting point. You really don't need the latest and greatest iteration of Photoshop - CS or better will work fine and you can sometimes find an older version for lots less..

There are specialized software for adding electronic frames. Do a web search and try out a couple. This can also be done with a number of Photoshop "actions" but probably easier for you at this stage to have a software dedicated to doing this..

Photoshop lets you do text so that will generally not require any specialized software. If you will give some more details it would help greatly making suggestions..

Best regards,.

Lin.

Melissa Poehler wrote:.

I have so many questions I do not know where to begin.I am looking at doing Senior Portrait, with invitations. I wouldlike to place picture on a frame and writing below or on the side1. Should I take the pictures in raw or jpeg2. What software program would be best for doing this kind of project3. Do I need special developing or can I use a regular developer.

Please help, espcially with software..

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