Tuesday, May 29, 2007


By using the inherent capabilities in your image-processing software, you can work efficiently and exercise greater control over all of your images.

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How will you operate your business? For hands-on use of your software choices, decide how you'll invest your personal time in them or if you'll hire someone who has learned the necessary software. To judge if you're hiring the right person, you'll need to understand how each software product's technology can influence your picture making. Then, to do it right, you should always learn the software.

System choices will depend upon the combination of hardware and software. Camera-maker software evolves from the maker's plan to integrate the performance of the camera, firmware and hardware with in-computer software performance. The package provides the benefit of an integrated system from hardware through software, based on the camera maker's insight about its system performance and idealized integration. Generally, the performance of software developed by an independent company will work based on the software designer's ideas. Since it's not focused on one particular camera system, there may be compromises that enable broad-brand compatibility.

Carefully study each software's literature. Learn how it approaches image processing and how compatibility and versatility play a role. Since each software version (both camera maker's and independent software maker's) will bring unique advantages to your toolbox, my recommendation is to use both the camera maker's and independent software maker's software, each to its best advantage. Your workflow can benefit from the combined performance of the camera maker's software “wringing out” maximum synergistic performance, with independent software providing additional performance.

Pay special attention to how the camera maker's original files are processed and how the original data is preserved. Will all the software changes be preserved in the original file or will some other system be employed that stores changes outside the original file? How will you keep track of the separate changes, and what will happen to your work if “somehow” the changes go astray? Changes stored within the original file seem to provide the most stable and reliable way to preserve each file's integrity.

Let's identify some key software performance points that you should study and master. I'll offer my perspective about how understanding such points can affect the way you make pictures.


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