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Photo Management

Feb 8, 2012, 02:00
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Photo Management
Looking for a Photo Management tool. I’ve never used one before, so I’m sorry, but I may be looking for something outside the realm of possibility or may be unclear of my needs.

My photography management needs have grown exponentially over the last year and I am beginning to run into an issue keeping track of everything. The sheer volume of photos is beginning to become unwieldy.

Right now I run Win7 Pro, have a Cannon T2i, and run Gimp for my post work. As such from within this tool I’d like to be able to see a thumbnail preview of my Cannon raw data .cr2, as well as the Gimp .xcf if possible.

Also, aside from simple rotation of images & editing EXIF data, I do not intend to do any manipulation from within the management tool itself, so all the bells and whistles it can do in regard to photo editing will not weigh heavily.

I’d like to be able to launch the Gimp from within the tool from the .jpg, the cr2, or the .xcf.

Suggestions as well as discussion of the needs I might have missed would be appreciated.

FYI, I am dual posting this message to both a Cannon & Gimp related forum.

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Feb 8, 2012, 07:42
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RE: Photo Management
Picasa is really well done. You just have to fight the urge to give the name, address, email, phone number and blood type to Google when you'll be asked if you enable face recognition.

The fact that you camera is a Canon is fairly irrelevant (most apps that support raw files will support NEF and CR2) .

Given Gimp's current limitation to 8 bits/channel, I would use an app that can do fairly advanced editing (at least the global stuff: levels/colors/brightness/contrast) if it's done in 16-bit if floating point, and keep Gimp for the finishing touches.

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