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I Hate Technology [Jan. 27th, 2007|05:06 pm]
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I've been spending most of my computer time trying to get to where I can edit the pictures from the camera. I can see them on the Mac, but not edit them. I can get them on the PC and view them. But the file format is proprietary, and the Nikon software allows me to view the image, but it won't allow me to edit the file or convert it to a jpeg file.

Most of the pictures aren't very good, but that doesn't matter. I want to post them to flickr and here, but it's a huge hassle to do it, and I could only post the basic image.

I hate this. Plus, or maybe because of this, I've had a low grade headache for the past two days.

I did get one picture that looks good. I'll post it soon.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2007-01-28 05:48 am (UTC)

You need software!

The camera should have come with some free photo editing software. If not, there's one (free) for download on Nikon's site, Picture Project http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=276&productNr=nkp2
Also, it looks like Nikon sells a suped - up version, if the free one does not do enough.

And on the Mac download site, there's a link to photo editing software LightZone - there's a free demo version, but it's only good for 30 days, then you'd need to buy it. http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/imaging_3d/

And of course, there's PhotoShop.

I'd try the free one from Nikon first!
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-01-28 06:32 am (UTC)

Re: You need software!

I have the free Nikon software. It claims to be compatible with my computer. I can view the pictures with it. But I can't transfer them to jpeg or modify them in any way.

I'm running an old version of Windows. I don't like the new versions because they report back to Microsoft without your permission. But I like my PC, so I stick with my old version of Windows. The free software says it is compatible, but it's not acting that way.

I don't know if the pay software will run any better. I might try the free demo. But all I want to do is to transfer from the Nikon version of a RAW file to a jpeg file. That's all I need. The free software is supposed to do it. It does it on the Mac. But my good photo editing software is on the PC. And the free Nikon software won't work right on the PC.

Instead, I have to download my pictures to the Mac, change the format of the ones I like to jpeg, then transfer them to the PC (by e-mail thumb drive or via flickr), edit them and then upload them to Flickr. That is too many steps. And the files are large so each step takes fffoooooorrrrrreeeevvvveeeerrrr. It can take over an hour to get one picture the way I want it.

That is too long. It takes the fun out of it. I might as well be shooting with film.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2007-01-28 06:43 am (UTC)

Re: You need software!

If the free software works on the Mac, and has some minor editing abilities, I'd stick with the Mac. You can always get better software for more editing later (but of course, not for an old Windows OS). That's my two cents. It's supposed to be fun!
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-01-28 06:52 am (UTC)

Re: You need software!

It works on the Mac, but it's too basic. I also prefer the monitor on the PC.

I want the free software to work as advertised.

I'll figure it out.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-01-29 02:43 am (UTC)

Re: You need software!

I know you will.

Good to hear from you. I hope all is well!
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[User Picture]From: viverra2
2007-01-29 12:22 am (UTC)
I've heard good things about Total Image Coverter. It converts just about anything to anything, including RAW. It's not free, but it's like $20 (and I think you can download and try it out). Here's the list of supported cameras:
http://www.coolutils.com/CameraList

Once its a jpeg (or tiff) you should be able to use just about any image editor.

I use photoshop (Mac version), which will also do Nikon RAW. It has no problems with pics from my Nikon v1. (If you email me a pic, I'll send it back as a jpeg).
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