I wasn't much into photography until we got a digital camera. Sure, I used our film SLR to take photos, but the camera was always left in P mode, and I had no idea about exposure compensation and stuff like that. Fast forward a decade or more and I've managed to actually learn a thing or two about handling a camera. I've even learned a bit about composition in the process so I have actually managed to take the occasional decent photograph. I reckon that since 2001, I've taken probably at least 50,000 photos, most of which still reside on our hard drive...

Organizing and processing

Keeping track of all those photos needs a System™ which we delegate to ACD See 19. It's mostly pretty good - lots of rating, filtering, and tagging capabilities - though it segfaults often enough to irritate me. (These occur when it tries to read files before they're fully written - not a problem with small files, but with 20-24 MP JPGs and slow spinning hard drives, it takes a finite time to write the file and ACDSee likes to get in there pretty quick to read it.)

We process our photos from raw when possible, and while most of the world uses Adobe Lightroom, we've got attached to DxO OpticsPro 9. It's not perfect but it does have some great features.

Photos online

For photo sharing we use:

Camera roll call

It's hard to believe but we've had 7 digital cameras now, starting with only 2 megapixels (or less if you count the VGA-resolution webcam we had in 2000) and ending up with 20-24 megapixels in our newest cameras. Some were good, some not so good, but they all served a purpose and they helped us document our adventures. I've put short reviews/thoughts of our cameras on my hiking blog at Being. Outdoors.

Compact digital cameras:

Digital SLRs:

The less said about my tablet and phone camera the better. They are cameras of last resort for sure.