managing digital photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Ron Winter, Sep 6, 2008.

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    Ron Winter Guest

    Can anyone recommend a program to do the following? I have about 1400
    digital holiday snaps from which I'd like to select about 300 for printing.
    That's quite a big job and I would like to do it with the minimum number of
    mouse clicks/keystokes. Ideally I would like to view each photo in turn as a
    full size image (not a thumbnail), then either a single click to delete (or
    to save). The programmes I've got at the moment are just too labourious, ie
    browse as thumbnails, double click to expand to full size, back to
    thumbnail, delete, click on next thumbnail etc.
    Ron Winter, Sep 6, 2008
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    Vidar Guest

    For a free program, I'd recommend Google's Picasa software. It's
    pretty good.
    Vidar, Sep 6, 2008
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    Ron Winter Guest

    A PC
    Ron Winter, Sep 6, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    FastStone (free)is a good viewer that allows you to see all images
    full-screen with one click to advance to the next in full-screen. You
    can't delete in one click because a second click is necessary to
    confirm that you want to delete. I think all programs require this
    confirming click for safety.

    You can, though, tag the images to be deleted in one click, sort for
    tagged images, and delete all of the tagged images in one step. You
    can also view two or more images side-by-side to see which of similar
    shots is the best.
    tony cooper, Sep 6, 2008
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    Burgerman Guest

    Windows does all you need?
    Burgerman, Sep 6, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    1. First, burn the images to CD or DVD. If they are low-rez then they
    should fit onto single DVD

    2. *Unless* the images are small enough to fit the monitor, I think just
    display to fit the screen is more than enough to see more detail.

    3. Just about any Graphic Viewer would give all the option you need.

    Many graphic viewers have option to

    1. Displaying both Thumbnails and Larger view side-by-side. This would be
    what you need and most has this option

    2. Option to set the size of thumbnail which can be large enough to see more
    detail, and double_click if you want to see larger display.

    3. After you have the images SAVED to CD or DVD then DEL could be the
    quickie key for both SAVE (already saved) and DEL. If you want quicker than
    use *both* hands.

    4. Option to just use simple key like Spacebar or Cursor to

    5. You can Resave to different name's then you can sort by Name's or Date's
    and you have it. These are all very basic computer tricks we use daily

    There are freeware and shareware graphic viewer, I don't use freeware so I
    don't think you want to spend some $$$ for the simple thing.
    Joel, Sep 6, 2008
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    richg99 Guest

    One of the real advantages of Picasa, that after you view; delete
    (you can batch delete using the control key) or edit; then save the edited
    ones under a different name ( to be safe) can order the pix printed a
    many different places around the US ( I don't know about other locations).

    Simply select a dozen or more pix by holding down the control key..and you
    can send all of them full size to a vendor from the list. Slick, quick and
    free. Google Picsa download. Rich
    richg99, Sep 6, 2008
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    Vance Guest

    Several other posters have mentioned software, so I'm going to take a
    work flow approach to what you are doing. First, burn everything to a
    DVD. I do that before even looking at the images. Then I ruthlessly
    go through the images quickly and eliminate everything that isn't any
    good on first impression because of either exposure, poor composition,
    or they are essentially duplicates. This is a straight up pass/fail
    screening. If your first impession is that the image is c**p, then it
    probably is. Thumbnails are good enough to get rid of the common and
    dreck. I'm looking for ones that are interesting on first impression.

    It depends on your personal shooting ratio how many images get
    eliminated, but it should be a decent percentage. It's faster to
    eliminate the bad pictures in one straight process than it is to go
    through the images and rank them. That's the next step.

    I run through the remainder with a star ranking (if your software will
    let you do it). I then work with the highest rankings first, next
    lower ranking next, etc., with an eye towards the final production.

    I find something along this workflow let's me produce what I have to
    in the shortest amount of time.

    Vance, Sep 6, 2008
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    ray Guest

    'gwenview' allows me to view photos in order simply with a 'down arrow' or
    a wheel roll. From there a right click allows me to do whatever: copy,
    rename, delete, etc.
    ray, Sep 6, 2008
  10. For a down and dirty free option, set your folder view options in windows to
    "filmstrip" (assuming you're using windows).
    This will give you a full-screen (not necesarilly full size) preview of all
    images, one at a time.
    To move them, right click and use the "send to" option.

    If you want to buy a 3rd party software soloution, ACDSee is brilliant.
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Sep 7, 2008
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    Pat Guest

    You really don't need anything except Windows Explorer for so few
    photos. That's really now worth learning a new program for.
    Pat, Sep 7, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    Iview Media Pro
    Guest, Sep 7, 2008
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