View Full Version : FREE programs to help with your Photography

Chris Cool
20-04-12, 01:49 PM
FILE COMPRESSION & image manipulation programs

PIXLR - recommended if you want a Photoshop type experience for Free!
Great on-line photo editor...... (http://www.pixlr.com/)
When you 'Save' your image, a 'Save Image' dialogue box opens with a compression slider which shows you in real time the size of the file you are saving.
See my tutorial on how to Resize, Crop and Save (http://www.siuya.plus.com/pics/pixlrtutorial.jpg) ------ How to create a border (http://www.siuya.plus.com/pics/pixlr-border-tut.jpg)
There are 30+Video tutorials as well------See complete list Click me... (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/)

How to straighten Horizons etc using Pixlr Express
Pixlr Express prog. (http://pixlr.com/express/)-------Tutorial (http://www.siuya.plus.com/pics/Express.jpg)

Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Elements
"Save for Web” used in Adobe PhotoShop and Elements is an easy way to watch in real time what size your image will be when posted. Do all the necessary adjustments then reduce and sharpen your image before using Save For Web Tutorial (http://www.siuya.plus.com/pics/save-for-web.jpg)

PaintShop Pro users
Paint Shop Pro resize and compression tutorial (http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com/university/tutorials/psp_resizewebep.shtml)

GIMP - takes some getting use to
Gimp - similar to Adobe PhotoShop (http://www.gimp.org/) but takes some getting used to.
Search "Google" for tutorials

Irfanview plus Plug-ins (http://www.irfanview.com/) Make sure you download the Plug-ins as well as it has a "Save for Web" feature which strips all unnecessary info from the file, thereby making it smaller for the web.
Search "Google" for tutorials

Seriff PhotoPlus SE (http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/photoplus/)

Simple to use image editor (http://picasa.google.com/)
Has a Straighten tool for horizons etc.


FREE PROGRAMS - noise reduction

Neat Image
Download the Demo version (no time out) (http://www.neatimage.com/win/standalone/download.html)

Denoiser info page and download (http://absolutedenoiser.free.fr/)

Noiseware Community Edition Standalone 2.6
Noiseware info page and download (http://www.imagenomic.com/download_nwsa.aspx)



Hugin Panorama photo stitcher - recommended by Alex Monro
With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more. Have a look around the site and when you're ready, click the Download tab Click me... (http://hugin.sourceforge.net/)

Scanning tutorial
Scantips by Wayne Fulton... (http://www.scantips.com/)

PhotoShop tutorials
Click for tips! (http://www.russellbrown.com/tips_tech.html)

Photoshop Actions
All the 'actions' you'll ever need (http://www.atncentral.com/) Select the Actions Tab at top of page.

Focus stacking plus other macro photography techniques
Click me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJiEw4VCcYU)

Exif Reader
Is an image file analysis software for Windows. It shows all the information in the Exif file and is easy to use by all.
Exif download click (http://www.takenet.or.jp/%7Eryuuji/minisoft/exifread/english/)

ExifTool by Phil Harvey - recommended by Alex Monro
ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files.
Click me for more info. (http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/)

Pandora file recovery program
Click me (http://www.pandorarecovery.com/download/)

Photography tutorials for the beginner

Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use them. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form – this applies to all makes of camera.
Click for tutorial (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)

Quicky Photo tutorials - Bear in mind that today's compacts and bridge cameras take same quality pictures.
Click me (http://www.gcflearnfree.org/digitalphotography)

Over 70 bite size Photography Tips, Techniques, and Tutorials
Click to start (http://www.photographymad.com/)

Photography tutorials in layman's terms
When you’ve mastered the very basic, then you can move onto these simple tutorials
Click me (http://www.photoxels.com/digital-photography-tutorials.html)

Ron Bigelow's fabulous articles
All you'd ever want to know Click me (http://ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm)

Cambridge in Colour...
Learn how to take and edit digital photographs using visual tutorials that emphasize concept over procedure, independent of specific digital camera or lens. Topics range from basic camera tips to advanced techniques.
Click me (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm)

All about flash
Wow! If you want to learn about flash, then look no further!. As you know, light is what makes stunning images - without it your doomed so, if you wanna know all about it, bookmark this site. Click me (http://neilvn.com/tangents/flash-photography-techniques/1-natural-looking-flash/)

HELP STOP YOUR PRINTER FROM CLOGGING - Printer test images (http://www.printer-tech.net/printer-test-page/)
Run a Print Test Image at least once a week (A5 size will do) and you should never have a clogged cartridge/ printer.
Open one of the printer test images and then right click on it and choose "Save Image As..."

If you'd like to add a Free program to this list that you think is a must have! Send me a private message (PM) with the link and your comments, and I will give you a credit for your trouble - thanks!