Digital photos: processing and storage. Houses and on travel of
Since that moment as the digital photo appeared, photographers got rid of a huge number of the problems connected with storage and processing of pictures. If earlier the film needed to be preserved carefully, and the printed pictures quite could deteriorate over time, then with digital images as we know, everything is much more simply.
Storage of photos
the Main problem which you will face, having begun to photograph, - shortage of the space for storage of pictures. Yes, not printed, namely digital! Gigabytes of images will seek to fill all available memory size on your computer, the laptop and other digital devices. And if not to organize storage intelligently, then to find the folders and files scattered on hard drives it will be almost impossible.
to prevent threat of chaos, I will give to you several practical advice (including for photos from travel), hundreds of thousands of pictures based on personal experience of storage.Whenever possible take
- with yourself in a trip the device on which it is possible to copy pictures (the laptop or an image bank), thereby having secured themselves against loss of important shots. At once delete with
- the rejected pictures. They only complicate process of viewing and take the excess place on a flash - the card.
- Even if on a flash - the card have not enough place, do not use services of local shops where suggest to rewrite photos on a disk. In most cases the disk or is not read then in general, or the part of photos cannot be opened.
- Create the special folder on the laptop or the personal computer where you will load the taken pictures. It is desirable that the hard drive had rather large volume (at least several hundreds of gigabytes).
- Structure photos by means of system of folders, convenient for you. I recommend to create under all pictures one separate folder (for example, “photo“), and in it to create subfolders for each country or the city. In each of these folders also create subfolders to sort pictures by the requirements, for example: successful and not really good photos; photos which it is possible just to store, and those which need to be printed and so on.
So, on my laptop ready pictures from travel, for example, to Rome, can be found, having passed the next way: Hard drive D: / PHOTO / Italy / Rome / Processing. (In the folder Rome is also two more folders - with unsuccessful, in my opinion, pictures and with successful, but not processed, that is with the initial files loaded from the camera.) I advise separately to save initial files if you are going to process pictures further.
I strongly recommend not to store all photos on one digital carrier, especially only on the laptop or the desktop computer. These data can be easily lost even at simple breakage of equipment. On sale there are many versions of carriers for reserve storage. In - the first, it is external hard drives which contain huge volumes of information (for the rest of life enough!) . In - second, of course, DVD - disks. They are very cheap, and it is easy to transfer and store them (do not forget to sign only disks). Also I recommend to look narrowly at digital image banks.
the Best way to keep important pictures and to have to them access from any point of the world - to use online - resources, for example Picasa or Flickr. Also social networks will be suitable for small volumes of information. Plus such storage is that you can show photos to all the friends at once, and minus - in compression of shots to quite household level “only to look“.
Print only some photos. What sense to print everything? Select pictures and create thematic albums.
If wants to keep photos, for example from an interesting trip, in a presentable look - order the photobook. Such services are provided by many photolaboratories, and the cost of production of photobooks gradually becomes more and more available.
Processing of photos
Very difficultly to learn to photograph so that processing of pictures was not required. Especially it is hard in parallel to learn to remove and process results of shooting. But over time at you the photos demanding the minimum intervention will turn out. That is you practically should change nothing in pictures except for color correction.
The matter is that graphic programs are not a magic wand. It is impossible by means of the Photoshop program famous for much to turn a bad picture into a masterpiece. You seek to display reality such what it is. You not the wizard but only study!
What program for processing to choose? License. Yes, it is expensive and illogical at present realities of life (the official version of the Adobe Photoshop program costs slightly cheaper than the quite good reflex camera), but we will be honest before ourselves: to use counterfeit programs is a theft. If you are not ready to purchase yet - download the trial version for a month on the official site of the paid program or use free graphic editors, for example Artweaver or Paint. NET. They give less opportunities for processing, but save means.the Main defects of a picture (brightness, contrast, a saturation of flowers and so on) can be eliminated with
by means of programs for viewing of the photos providing functions of primary editing.by
to Make full color correction, to erase a birthmark or a model skin spot, to correct a background or somehow in a different way it is possible to change a picture only in the full-fledged photo editor. From all existing serious programs I can allocate Adobe Photoshop popular with millions of users around the world. There is time - be not too lazy, study possibilities of this program. It for certain is useful to you.What functions me will be necessary for
? On occupations to me photographers - beginners, not persons interested to study all tools of the Photoshop program in subtleties met more than once. For them I usually conduct “a lesson for lazy“ - and in 15 - 20 minutes they already independently edit pictures. The abstract of this lesson is given below. Perhaps, with its help you also do not turn the photo into a masterpiece, but will correct the image - it is precisely!How to make a picture is lighter than
(more darkly)? Use the Curves tool (Curves). Bringing up him in the necessary party, you receive lighter or more dark image.
How to make a picture is brighter than , nasyshchenny more contrastly?
, nasyshchenny more contrastly?For each of these settings find the section of the same name at a toolbar and “tighten up“ brightness, contrast or a saturation in the necessary party.
How to correct skin shortcomings? That will get rid of any spots in the photo, use the Patch tool (Patch Tool) or “A stamp on a sample“ (Clone Stamp Tool). Copy similar area in the neighbourhood with the problematic place and replace with it a spot.
As by means of several buttons “bring a picture round“? For the laziest instruments of automatic correction of the image “Avtokontrast“ (Auto Contrast), “Avtotsvet“ (Auto Color) are and so on - they not always strongly improve a picture, but the beginner often will accept also them. whether
Really can learn to process pictures in 15 minutes? Is not present, professionally it is impossible to learn anything neither in 15 minutes, nor in 15 hours. To gain some superficial knowledge - yes, but to seize high-quality processing of images in graphic editors, notable time will be required.
From the book “How to Photograph on Travel“