Hi Folks, first post in the photography subforum. (Didn't know we had one! Really need to get out more.)
Over this past Christmas, I received a Panasonic ZS7 digital camera. So far so good... still learning how to use its various features, but the picture quality seems quite good, especially given its price point.
That said, it does present a small dilemma. In the past I'd gotten accustomed to using Canon's proprietary software to load photos from the camera into a folder in Windows, from which I would set about choosing the photos I wanted to post, then using Photoshop to crop, composite, resize, and otherwise clean up the photos as needed. Afterward, I'd upload the photos to a server I keep on the Internet. Simple workflow but it was fine for my very limited needs.
Now I'm at a loss. Panasonic doesn't have comparable software, and even if they did, I can't help thinking there's a better way for me to be handling the overall workflow. My goal is to take some photos of a particular flashlight, do some minor editing, and get the photos online as quickly and painlessly as possible... with the quality of the resulting photos good enough for a decent presentation in a thread here on the forums. What is the best workflow to accomplish that?
Bonus points for keeping my local copy of the photos eminently MANAGEABLE: meaning they're not lost in some proprietary format that may or may not disappear down the road... and I can easily keep them on my home server for easy backup and referral as needed.
I know what I've been doing is not the best way. What IS the best way?
Many thanks in advance, all! I have no doubt there are a great number of folks more knowledgeable in these matters than I. Thank you in advance for helping me improve on where I'm at!