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December 14, 2006

Photo Manipulation Software — Help!

Filed under: Photography,Software,Technology,Tools — Rob @ 12:12 am

For about 2-1/2 years now, I’ve been using Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX to download photos from my Canon PowerShot S500 camera to my computer. This would basically happen automatically whenever I’d stick my Compact Flash (CF) card into the multi-card reader. The photos would automatically be grouped in folders that were automatically named with the date on which they were taken. It was all very nice and neat and even I was able to follow what was happening and, more importantly, locate the photos later on.

About a year later, I bought and installed Adobe’s Photoshop Elements (PSE) 2.0. This had no effect on the previously described download process. But, after downloading images, I was now able to open them in PSE and do minor manipulations. One thing that was hard to do, however, was to remove red-eye from photos. Then I heard that PSE 5.0 has an automated red-eye corection feature, so I bought and installed the upgrade.

Well, things haven’t been the same since. Now when I install either a MicroSD card (from my LG VX8300 camera-phone) or a CF card into my multi-card reader, both Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX and PSE 5.0 simultaneously, it appears, prompt me to allow them to automatically load the pictures to my computer. I basically say “yes” to both prompts because I prefer the way the ZoomBrowser EX organizes the photos into new folders and, at the same time, want to be able to edit the photos in PSE 5.0. Only now the photos are not going into new folders. Instead, it appears they’re being appended to the last folder that was created before I downloaded PSE 5.0. Either that, or they go to a new folder I recently created expressly for camera-phone photos.

Now I’ll admit I haven’t RTFM yet. Just no time and I also find some of it hard to comprehend. But it seems to me that I should be able to designate one of these programs as the default program for downloading photos, right? If so, then, in simple language, how is it accomplished? Any advice, suggestions, etc., would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Update (1/23/08): I finally figured this out — sometime ago, actually. The programs use different file naming schemes and that’s what caused the confusion. Turns out I had duplicates of all my photos. So now I just use the Adobe Elements scheme to simplify photo-editing — though I still prefer Canon’s naming scheme for organizing files.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’ve finally figured things out — and all by myself, I might add.

    Previously, I was under the assumption that new photos would be downloaded by both the Canon and PSE programs into the same folder, i.e., one or the other simply overwriting one or the other. But, as it turns out, each has its own convention for naming folders. In my case, the images downloaded by Canon would go into a folder named, e.g., 02_01_2007 and the images downloaded by PSE 5.0 would go into a folder named, e.g., Feb 01 2007.

    So, in effect, I had two sets of all my images. To add to my confusion, I’d edit the photos in the PSE folder and then when I went to upload the edited images to Flickr I’d try to do so from the Canon folders, still not realizing I had two copies of each image. Of course, it soon became evident that something wasn’t right when I noticed the pictures uploaded to Flickr were not the edited versions. I finally discovered the duplicate folders while slowly scrolling through all the folders in the My Pictures folder.

    I hope this helps save somebody out there a lot of grief.

    Comment by Rob — February 1, 2007 @ 5:31 pm | Reply


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