What is a good photo program

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by proscape lawncare, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. proscape lawncare

    proscape lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    We have just updated our computers and I no longer have the photo program that I used.
    I need to get a new one and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations.
    I need the program that will do the following

    *download form digital camera
    *be able to print photos
    *easily sort and organize photos
    * add text to photos
    *simple editing would be nice
    *Email photos (re-size them so the file isn't't to large for email)
    *Easy to use (I'm not a computer wiz)
    Any suggestions would be helpful I am running out of memory cards and have a ton of photos to download from camera cards that I have been putting off so I file them right the first time on the new computer system.
    I already have to refile and sort the photos from the the old computers and just want to do it right and only once.

    Thank you for your input

  2. Humble Earth Mover

    Humble Earth Mover LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Two good free programs -

    Gimp - www.gimp.org
    Irfanview - www.irfanview.com

    I use Irfanview all the time for quick resizing and cropping. It has some settings for brightness and contrast...but it's not really a photoeditor. I will open and read like 50 different file types, including .dwg.

    Gimp is like a free version of photoshop and works with similar filters and layers.

    Both programs give you a lot for zero money.

    Not sure if you can directly download from a digital camera though. Windows should handle that automatically.
  3. hackalot

    hackalot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I would suggest Adobe Photoshop elements, fairly easy to use and one of the leaders in photo software.
  4. Inspira

    Inspira Banned
    Messages: 19

    I second Photoshop Elements. Though if you have Office, the Microsoft Office Picture Manager doesn't do too bad of a job either.
  5. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    I third the Photoshop Elements, easy to use, perfect for the casual or amateur photog.
  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    Photoshop Elements is awesome! Some people dont know this but www.Photobucket.com actually allows you to do a lot of what you want to do. Its pretty cool. You should try the photobucket editor before spending any money. Although those links posted in the first response seem worthwhile.
  7. Wallman

    Wallman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Another vote for Photoshop Elements. I do photo restoration as a sideline on a Mac with the full version photoshop, but many people give me photos on PC based media and I use a PC laptop with "Elements" to convert and resize the images.

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