A lot of software exists to deal with photographs. Here are my favourites:
Importing the images to your computer is easy; the camera can function as a USB stick or disk drive. Or you can take out the card (Compact Flash, SD etc) and use a card reader to get the images. I have found the latter to be much faster on my Canon EOS 350D, although it seems to help very much if your memory card is fast.
Then, the application of choice is Adobe Photoshop (CS2 or CS3). Photographs coming directly from your camera often need processing:
Sometimes you need to help Photoshop a bit to get things working:
This is a photograph libray management tool. You can download the program (which isn't free) here. I use it to handle over 20,000 photographs in a convenient, flexible database. It allows you to sort photographs based on a large number of fields, and quickly select groups so you can find the shots you want easily.
This relatively small piece of software is a gem to reduce noise without sacrificing sharpness (it can even add sharpness while reducing noise). You take an image and a noise profile (which can be taken from the photograph itself, provided you have a clear smooth 200x200 pixel area to indicate the noise) and you smooth out the noise. A 100% zoom example is displayed below:
The software can be downloaded and purchased from neatimage.com; for best effect you'll need the Pro+ version (16-bit image support). For other applications (Home/Home+) you'll probably won't even bother denoising.
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