GFF's Guide to selecting and using the right software
Please notice that this article series was started in 2002! By Martin Joergensen (supported by Steve Schweitzer)
Back then digital cameras were few and far between, and film cameras, macrom lenses and scanning your flies in a flat bed scanner was the order of the day.
Today most people have a digital camera (or even a phone), which can do decent macro shots, and much of what you can read here is very out of date. But the general methods and advice still holds, and the articles should still be worth reading.
Having the right software can get you even better results when editing photos for the web.
GFF Author Martin Joergensen uses only two programs, which come in both Mac and PC-versions.
Programs like Photoshop have som extremely useful - and advanced - facilities.
Adobe's photo-editing battle ship, which is expensive but hard to be without, once you have tried it. It is the de facto standard for professional work, and has e huge number of facilities including the best editing, adjustment tools, automation and filters in the business. It can be expanded with plug in filters and different other tools including GIF and JPEG exports.
It is expensive, but man, it is nice!
This is also an Adobe Program. It can be bought separately, but is boxed with Photoshop in that program's latest version. Image Ready has some state-of-the-art GIF and JPEG facilities and an interactive preview function, which makes producing properly compressed pictures a piece of cake.