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Posted 1/12/2013 by mford12 in General Photography

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PeaNut 541,143
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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:20:10 AM
Hello, I have a silly question. I have a Nikon coolpix camera. It came with software. I already have Photoshop Elements. Is it better to transfer photos with Photoshop Elements or with the software that came with the camera? I appreciate your input. Thank you in advance! Michele

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PeaNut 26,273
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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:36:12 AM
I dunno if there is a better way - but I use Elements - I have 3 cameras I download from so using the same software for all makes sense. Windows also has a decent downloading function built in.

I personally don't use any of the software that comes with my camera - not with elements already in use.



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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:56:29 AM
I'd use what ever program works for you. To me using the camera software just adds extra steps to the whole process. If transferring via Elements is working for you then that is your best way.

The camera software, imo, is more for people who have no other options. By coming with the camera it is ensured they can enjoy the benefits of owning a digital camera from its first use instead of discovering they need to immediately invest in software.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:00:31 PM
I import using Canon's software Zoombrowser because I like the file naming I can do and that I can bring in my raw files. For file cataloging I add them to Lightroom which I also would not do without in my process.

Use whatever workflow works for you ... That is, does what you feel should be getting done. Each person is comfortable with different solutions. Once you find one that works go with it and look for new solutions as your needs change. However, using something like Lightroom also helps if you need to change some of your steps and keep some of your old. It is difficult to move between cataloging software so always be aware of the future and that you want to start building towards a solid workflow.


PeaNut 272,462
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:38:43 AM
Very good post.. I read all the info just incase there was something I
I have never used my camera software.. I am a Photoshop girl 100%.. I ahve really been thinking of attending the photoshop world in Orlando Fla


PeaNut 65,138
January 2003
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:56:54 AM
I don't even use software to import my files. I used to but now I just pop my memory card in the reader and manually copy the files over.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:15:07 AM

I don't even use software to import my files. I used to but now I just pop my memory card in the reader and manually copy the files over.
I do the same thing.
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