There are so many different kinds of photography editing software, and I’ve been checking some out.
First, there’s the really old software that came with my little Olympus point-and-shoot camera – that’s always been my go-to software because it’s so very easy to use and has all the basic features – adjustments for color, saturation, contrast, etc., and tools for tilting and cropping.
One of the on-line photography websites I belong to has offered a 90-day free trial of Adobe PhotoShop, so I downloaded it. But really, I don’t need all that extra crap since I’m not into adjusting each photo pixel by pixel, nor doing all that fancy creative stuff. I just want photos that are presentable enough for this blog and good enough so other photographers won’t actually laugh at me. After playing with PhotoShop for awhile, I decided it’s not right for me – too many confusing features, most of which I would never use anyway, and it’s costly. (My camera software was free.)
The Nikon Coolpix B700 came with free software too, which I’ve never previously used. Today I tried it. While it’s not as complicated as PhotoShop, it still has much more stuff than I need and I find the editing process too difficult. BTW, the Nikon Capture software can, in fact, be purchased on Amazon, and I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for it.
After taking one picture and editing it in all three programs, I’ve decided to simply stay with the old Olympus software. It does what I need, and it’s supremely easy to us. I don’t expect to ever win any photographic awards, and my WP readers seem to enjoy my photos even if they’re not always, well, picture-perfect.
I’ve also decided to use the newer Nikon Coolpix A1000 as my go-to camera. Like the older Olympus, it has all the features I need, an extremely easy menu to negotiate, is easy to carry around in a purse or pocket, and takes photos plenty good enough for me. The one feature it has that the Olympus does not, is the 35X zoom – and the A1000 seems to do a little better on cloudy days.
Please enjoy this week’s offerings, all taken with the Nikon Coolpix A1000 and all edited with the Olympus software:
I couldn’t resist that last shot – they look like little solders, don’t they? Maybe they’re in charge of guarding that poor bison.
Happy Weekend, Everyone.
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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio