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Windows 7: Photographers - what equipment do you use?

29 Mar 2010   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

Hello John,

I use lightroom myself, and it handles most of the normal tweaks to images without having to even open an editor

I find that cam2pc allows me to set the filename and folder automatically - I rename the camera generated name to one in the form of Full Date and Time - 2010-03-29.11-45-30.jpg and the folder structure follows similar lines Month - Date - Day. Cam2PC allows me to do all this in one click

I then use geosetter ( GeoSetter ) to manually add geotag and other metadata ( i have predefined templates for most of it ), once all this is done I import into lightroom for day to day management and tweaks

It's a bit long winded but it works for me
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30 Mar 2010   #12
Lens Pirate

Win 7 64 Ultimate- Win 7 Home premium 64- XP- Adndroid 3.1 and 2.3 Ubantu- Vista Ultimate 64

Here is my current equipment list all Canon:

[5DII+grip][7D+Grip][XSI+grip] Primes: EF 85 F1.2L, EF 135 F2L, EF 200 F2.8L, EF 300 F4L IS, EF 50 F1.4, Ext EF 1.4 MK11 Flash: 530EX, 430EX- Zooms: Tok 11-16 F2.8, EF 24-70 F2.8L, EF 24-105 F4L IS, EF 70-200 F2.8L IS, EF 100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS

My systrem specs are already listed and I use the CS4 master suite and and Lightroom.

Here is my ModelMayhem profile NSFW:
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30 Mar 2010   #13

Windows 7 64 bit


I envy you for having a friend who shows you how PS works. I find that it's all very well watching tutorials, but there comes a point in most where the instructor does something and I think "Why did you do that?" and of course you can't ask so the whole thing falls down.

I just wish I had the time to be able to sit down and really learn to use Paint Shop Pro. I was given it as a present a few months ago. I certainly would not have bought it. Probably a good investment for someone who can use all it's features but for me - since I only use about 5% of it's power I guess I should pay about 5% of it's price
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30 Mar 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

As Nigel said earlier Lightroom is usually enough for me and I don't use that to the extent it could be used.
I want to take pictures not to try and grasp software that people do long courses at college to learn how to use.
That's my opinion anyway. When I had PS2 I barely used a fraction of what it could do. Largely because I didn't know how but also I try to take them as I would like them to be anyway.
Most of my stuff doesn't take much post processing, hopefully just a few tweaks to contrast or shadow levels to give it some oomph.
That's not to say I am a master of exposure but that most of my shots are outside in good light on a heavy tripod and I bracket a lot. So I've no excuses.
I honestly think I could make do with Picasa if I had to, if only to spot dust on the sensor.

More adventurously I have been planning some night shots of our local hero, Wallace Hartley, the band leader on the Titanic (I know). There is a bust of him (lit from either side by sodium lights) by the war memorial. I think these will be immensely long exposures and I could enter frame quickly, remain stationary for ten seconds then exit frame swiftly. Hopefully I would be an ambiguous figure in this tableaux of Wallace, me and the sodium light, like a ghost. This is a new direction for me.
Problem is it's on the main road with loads of crazed drunks reeling from pub to pub so I keep putting it off for fear of unwanted attention.

I could ramble on here. I'll tell you about my "shedheads" project another time,'night, john
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30 Mar 2010   #15

Windows 7 Professional

Nikon shooter here! I have a D300 and a couple of lenses and a flash. Purely an amateur. I do have a Canon G9 as the small camera though. I also use
Lightroom and shoot in raw as it gives the most flexibility.
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31 Mar 2010   #16

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Nikon D40.
Nikon Software Suite (primarily Nikon Transfer and ViewNX )

CaptureNX - Installed but never used.
Photoshop and other imaging software are foreign language to me
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31 Mar 2010   #17

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lens Pirate View Post
Here is my current equipment list all Canon:

[5DII+grip][7D+Grip][XSI+grip] Primes: EF 85 F1.2L, EF 135 F2L, EF 200 F2.8L, EF 300 F4L IS, EF 50 F1.4, Ext EF 1.4 MK11 Flash: 530EX, 430EX- Zooms: Tok 11-16 F2.8, EF 24-70 F2.8L, EF 24-105 F4L IS, EF 70-200 F2.8L IS, EF 100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS]
WOW! That's quite the collection! I would like to have some of those lenses.
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31 Mar 2010   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hi Lomai

Try Picasa. It's a free download Google product and is very easy to use. It catalogues all your pictures by date taken, you can do some basic editing but it is extremely simple.
For example: you take a shot, it's a bit dark and you've managed to include your car bumper in the corner of the shot, also there's a dark spot on the image because there's a bit of dust on your sensor.
In Picasa you can lighten it slightly, crop it so you loose the car bumper and make the composition better and finally use the magic eraser to get rid of the spot.
You can then print it from Picasa, make a slide show or even send a small version direct from Picasa by email to a friend.
It really is good for a freebie in fact I think it's better and easier to use than some of the paid for editing software.
Also, it doesn't alter your original image. That remains in My Pictures, if you want to keep your Picasa edited version you export it back to My Pictures in its own folder.
You really can't go wrong. I've saved loads of shots simply by cropping them or straightening the horizon.

Anyway, those are my thoughts (I don't work for Google)
I notice you're from Fiji. I have a friend/colleague from Fiji who is also a keen photographer and he has taken some wonderful shots out there. It looks lovely. I'm sat here in Britain, it's Easter and it's snowing!

Best wishes, John
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31 Mar 2010   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hey James Lens Pirate.

Not only do you have an enviable set of equipment as Nate mentioned but I just had a look at your portfolio and you have some lovely shots there.
There's some beautiful use of light in some of the shots and you have some great compositions.
Very well done, thanks for sharing, John
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31 Mar 2010   #20
Lens Pirate

Win 7 64 Ultimate- Win 7 Home premium 64- XP- Adndroid 3.1 and 2.3 Ubantu- Vista Ultimate 64

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