I said I was going to process one photo each evening this week from our trip to the zoo last weekend. Tonight it has been a challenge. At 7PM, I got to my computer and decided that I was going to purchase and download the newest version of my photo editing software, Paint Shop Pro. The upgrade was available online for $69.99, so I fired up the Vaio and settled in, but first I plugged in my iPod so that it could recharge and sync up. Mistake. I got a notification that a new version of iTunes had been released, so I thought, “Why not? Let’s just upgrade everything.”
Three hours later, I finally completed all the downloads and installations. I have a new version of iTunes, new version of the software on my iPod Touch, Corel’s Paintshop Photo Pro X3, and the bonus software from Corel called Painter Photo Essentials 4 (which I’ll probably never use). Since it was already so late, I decided “what the heck, I’ll just stay up and play with the new PSP!”
I selected another photo from our trip to Wildlife World Zoo last Saturday. This one was shot through the glass in the reptile exhibit. Here’s the original JPG:
For this shot, I didn’t want to use flash since it would have reflected off the glass. I used the aperture-priority setting, ISO 200, using my telephoto zoom set to 70mm, F/5.0, giving me a shutter speed of 1/60s.
I pulled the photo into my newly upgraded version of PaintShop Pro (I see that they’ve now combined “Paint Shop” into one word), and I immediately fell in love with the new user interface in this version. The Organizer feature is much faster and provides a filmstrip view of the photos that was missing in X2. The options in the editing menu are also richer, and even include some Tone Mapping. I played with several of the options just to get a feel for them, and came up with this:
I think it looks much better. I was able to reveal more of the fine details in the photo, and adjust the color balance which was a little off in the original, due to the type of lighting they were using in the exhibit. I didn’t spend too much time on this, since it was so late, but already I can tell I’m going to like the X3 version of PSP!
Let me know what you think!