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What are the differences between Picasa and Lightroom, other than price?

I've heard about Adobe Lightroom before, but never really understood what's so great about it, or why you'd pay for it when you can get Picasa for free. I know Lightroom probably has more ...
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How do I move my post-processing beyond Picasa?

Over time I've become fairly skilled in using Picasa to do post-processing starting with NEF files, but I'm thinking it's time to step it up a notch, and explore what I can do with a more ...
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How does Picasa process RAW photos?

How does Picasa decide how to process RAW photos? When I shoot in RAW+JPEG the two pictures can look dramatically different. Is it just converting the RAW files upon import, or is post-processing ...
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How can you write/convert Picasa's People tags to the EXIF data?

I use Lightroom for my workflow, and I tag photos with people's names so that I can find them faster. Since Lightroom doesn't have the "Faces" feature, I want to use Picasa's People feature for this ...
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Any good alternatives to Lightroom for PC users?

I'm currently using Picasa for simple organise/tag/crop/tune tasks. I've downloaded and tried the evaluation copy of Lightroom, and I'm impressed. However as an amateur I find the UK price a little ...
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Why does Picasa open RAW images correctly then desaturate them? [duplicate]

I have an Olympus E-PL2 and am taking photos in raw. I have the codec downloaded from Olympus, so I can view the photo with Picasa in Windows, and it looks fine but a few seconds after loading the ...
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Can the effects of a polarizer be replicated in post-processing?

According to my knowledge Polarizing filters are mainly used to make sky appear more bluish in the day sunlight which gives more dramatic effect to your pictures. I don't have polarizing filters yet ...
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Best way to import and save when shooting in both RAW and JPEG?

I currently use Picasa to manage my photos and when I import my photos I see "doubles" because I'm shooting in both RAW and JPEG. I'm currently moving my raw photos manually to a folder outside of ...
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Is Lightroom overkill for a JPG-oriented workflow?

I am a passionate not a professional, I shoot most of the time in jpg because: I usually don't have the time to process raw raw takes a lot more space (and I feel my D700 jpgs are huge already!) ...
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Which is best as part of a fast workflow: Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop or other?

Im looking to expand on my workflow after a shoot. Today my workflow consists of moving images from my SD card to my computer, using Picasa in a very basic d way... (Crop, im feeling lucky and maybe ...
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Is there any Flickr/Picasa Web service to store and share RAW files?

I have RAW files I would like to store in the cloud. Which are my options?
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What does the “I'm feeling lucky” function in Picasa 3 do?

I took a bunch of pictures this weekend and then ran them through Picasa's "I'm feeling lucky" function. As always, I was pretty impressed with the differences. Here's an example: Unprocessed ...
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Is there an Aperture equivalent for Windows, or do I need to use both Picasa and Lightroom?

As much as I'd like to work with Aperture, my main machine runs Windows (I only have a Macbook, no desktop Mac). For now, I have been using jointly Picasa and Lightroom for my photo management and ...
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What can Aperture or Lightroom do that Picasa or iPhoto can't?

I just upgraded from a point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera. I was wondering if I should also consider Aperture or Lightroom rather than Picasa, but I don't have a good idea of what ...
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How can I import 2 photos from my 7D that have the same filename?

Canon use only 4 digits in the filename (eg: IMG_1234.jpg) My camera has wrapped around the file numbering so that I now have 2 photos on the memory card with the same name. Picasa fails to import ...
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Does Picasa for Linux support RAW from a Canon 7D?

I'm running Ubuntu (Lucid) and have installed Google Picasa using the Synaptic Package Manager. The current version of Picasa for Linux is 3.0.0 Build 57.4402. Currently, it renders my RAW images as ...
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What photo management software to use on local network with NAS and both Mac and Windows clients? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Suggestions for shared cross-platform photo management? I am looking for photo management software that will work in the following environment: Photos all stored in a ...
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Software for editing exposure mode exif data

Can someone please recommend software that enables editing for exposure mode exif data? I have tried with Picasa, but it doesn't support editing of this specific property. Thanks.
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Is there any Linux software that can import picasa.ini edits?

I accumulated years of edits over my photographs in Picasa. Picasa works as a non-destructive editor, so it doesn't change the original files but saves all modifications in its database and in ...
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How to do the same crop on a batch of photos?

I've got a batch of photos (an owl coughing up a pellet in case you're curious). I want to make an animated GIF out of them, but the result would be improved if they were all given an identical crop ...
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How to print a square photo on standard paper?

I have a picture frame which is square but I don't understand how to print a cropped (square) photo out, say on A4 paper, so that I can cut away the excess, leaving a perfectly sized photo for my ...
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How do I add watermark for photos already in Picasa web?

Is it possible to add visible/invisible watermark to photos already uploaded to Picasa Web/500px/Flickr? Do they preserve EXIF(metadata) of the image? I am looking for free tools/services. If ...
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Is Picasa or iPhoto better for publishing hierarchical sets to Flickr?

I used to use iMatch, then I moved to my own database for various reasons, but I've never had the time to get the GUI front-end working well.... now that I have my Mac, I figured I'd try out iPhoto (I ...
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Why do Canon 6d raw photos have a red tint across the entire image in Windows preview?

When I try to preview RAW Canon 6D photos in my several Windows 7 and Windows xp laptops, most photos have a red "shadow" across the whole picture. How to solve this problem? On Mac, photos looks ok. ...
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How to make Lightroom recognize geotags in NEF files?

I usually geotag my pictures with Picasa + Google Earth, while using Lightroom 3.4 for everything else. While this works fine with JPEG pictures, I've discovered that apparently LR doesn't recognize ...
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How to reorganize folders into dated folders for picasa

I have photos in DCIM\g343asdfj Folders that have been indexed in picasa and facetagged. Now I want to move them to photos\2013-02-23 or as required by the date taken of the picture. How do I do that ...
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Is it possible to re-focus (recover) an intentionally blurred image?

I have an image which I have modified through Picasa ( using Soft Focus - essentially I am making the faces blurred ). Question is : If I upload that photo to Facebook, and a user downloads it from ...
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Why does Picasa change the RAW preview after a second? [duplicate]

I love viewing RAW images through Picasa, as it's a free viewer and works for all RAW files. But there's sometihng I don't like — the auto adjust/enhance feature. After opening a RAW file, the preview ...
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RAW photo preview

I used to take photos in the largest file option before the RAW option and never had problems opening or previewing the pix. Now I'm shooting in RAW. My photos look great in my camera viewfinder. ...
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Import tags/keywords into picasa

I am uploading images onto picasa and I was wondering if there's a way to show the image's tags/keywords on picasa?
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How do I synchronize local Picasa with an online folder?

I have a lot of pictures stored online using Picasa (some times ago). Is there any way to create the identical local copy of those folders (i.e., the same tags, albums, picture size, etc.)? In other ...
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What does “Unique Id” in Picasa map to in EXIF?

In Picasa, in the Properties List, there is a property labeled "Unique Id". In the Exif spec, there is a field called ImageUniqueId. However, I have tried several Exif libraries/command line tools ...
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Learning from one's blurred photos: where was the focus point set?

After some shooting, I inevitably find that some photos (and by Murphy, often the best ones) have a blurred subject. Even if the shots are spontaneous and hence the subject is hardly static, I ...
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Do iPhoto and Picasa let me view photos at a 1:1 pixel ratio?

I need to compare photos at a 1:1 pixel ratio (not downscaled to fit the monitor). For this, I need to set the view to 1:1 and then go through the photos using the arrow keys. As you can guess, I need ...
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What photo storage should I use if I want 'private' photo tagging and easy backup? [closed]

I'm only a casual photographer, but I've got kids and therefore have built up a library of many pictures that I'd love to have tagged with their names. I use Android devices, but a Mac laptop. I ...
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Lossless export from Picasa?

Is there any way to losslessly export from Picasa? Even when there are no edits there are differences in exported files vs the original - when exported with automatic (ie, original) quality and ...
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How to deduplicate and centralize pictures from multiple cameras? [duplicate]

I have several cameras, some retired and/or broken, some working, some not. Their pictures are scattered across several computers, possibly with duplicates, and the original SD cards. The naming ...
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What is a Picasa alternative for posting to a website?

My love/hate relationship with Picasa just permanently tipped to hate I'm afraid. For no reason I can discern Picasa decided I didn't really mean to add yesterday's photos to an album and right in ...