"I've Taken Great Pictures, Now What?" Digital Photography Podcast 176

You can easily amass thousands of digital images, then one day realize that your computer has become more cluttered than the hallway closet. You need to get organized, but you're not sure where to begin.

I designed the photography workshop, "I've Taken Great Pictures, Now What?" to solve that exact problem. In the workshop, I cover the five basic steps for an efficient photography workflow: Acquire, Organize, Edit, Share, and Save. I show how you can take control of your pictures using tools that are on your computer right now. Then I introduce some of the amazing workflow software that's available right now (Aperture, Lightroon, Photoshop CS4), so you can begin to upgrade you post production tools -- all the while keeping in mind your specific needs.

An Organized Pictures Folder

If this scenario sounds like something that can help you, then I suggest you download the class notes (1.3 MB PDF file), then listen to this podcast, I've Taken Great Pictures, Now What?. Soon, you will be on the road to organization, efficiency, and enjoying your pictures more than ever.

If you'd like to attend the 4-hour workshop in person, the next session will be on June 20, 2009 at the Santa Rosa JC in Northern California. For more information, call 707-527-4372. The course fee is $63.

Monthly Photo Assignment

Rim Lighting is the May 2009 Photo Assignment. This portrait technique puts the light source behind the subject (creating the rim light effect) then uses a fill light for the front. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2009.

Listen to the Podcast

Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "I've Taken Great Pictures, Now What?" You can download the podcast here (28 minutes). You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

The Digital Story podcasts are available for direct download from Apple iPhones. I've created a special mobile download page here. Just load the page in Safari, browse the podcast line-up, and click on the one you want to listen to.

Want to share photos and talk with other members in our virtual camera club? Check out our new Flickr Public Group. It's a blast!

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First let me say that I love your podcasts and articles. They have motivated me to do more and improve my photography. I have a suggestion for an upcoming Podcast or an article.

Ever since podcast 176 about workflow I have been adjusting my workflow and trying to streamline and improve it.
Since my entire budget for photography is spent on my DSLR and hardware, I typically use free software.
I have been comparing several and started putting together an extensive Excel file listing their capabilities.
I think a podcast about free photo software would be very interesting to many of your listeners.
Not all of us are pros with a big budget for Lightroom or Aperature (which I would love to have).

There are some great products out there, but none of them do everything.
I have been looking at all areas of my workflow:
Download - I really like FastStone Image Viewer and Picasa, create folders by date
Manage folders/sort images - XnView and FastStone Image viewer.
Auto Convert RAW to jpg - FastStone and XnView, auto adjust colors, highlights, add watermark, ...
RAW image processing - Pentax Photo Lab (free for me) and Gimp only for best images due to time
JPEG image editing - Gimp and Picassa
Inkjet Printing - Canon Easy Print and Picasa - crop control, use of paper, quality
Sharing online - Picasa and Flickr
Slideshows - Microsoft Photo Story 3 and Picasa
Backing up to DVD - Nero or whatever comes with your burner

Other free software I have not looked at but is recommended by others:
Paint.net (Photoshop like - layers, curves, ...)
Photo Filtre

Interesting, very nice pictures