Paul Davies, owner and Managing Director of a Destinations @ Saltburn, looks at how Picasa helped them make image files more managable.
Tell us a bit about yourself. (Your job, organisation, and your technical ability!)
I am the owner and Managing Director of Destinations @ Saltburn, a Community Learning Centre in Teesside, North East England. I suppose I have a good range of skills but wouldn't class myself as expert in many. We are involved in a wide variety of projects and all need different tools to help things along.
Why did you look for this tool in the first place? What did you need help with?
We take a lot of pictures to support what we do. None here claim to be the David Bailey of Saltburn but we get by. We try and put some of these pictures onto our own website or sites we create for particular projects. Now of course there is also social media to think about. What we wanted in the first instance was a simple way of taking photos that were big in size and making them more manageable to upload with losing too much detail. We use Wordpress a lot and it has limits to the size of media files it can handle, so we could have found ourselves running out of space.
What is this tool mainly used for?
Picasa can do a lot of the fundamental image manipulation stuff: cropping, fixing small issues, brightness, sharpening and things like that. It has some preset filters as well which can make things look cool.
What do YOU use it for?
We mainly use the Export tool which allows you to change the image size (pixels) while retaining much of the quality. You can even vary how much of this quaiity is kept. With 6 size opions it is easy to gt the optimum size for waht you want, whether a Wordpress site or social media.
What have been the benefits of using this tool?
It's an easy tool to get the basics right and so much more friendly than big packages like Photoshop. Our Wordpress sites have lots of space for even more pictures of happy learners and successful results.
Is there any cost attached to using this tool?
It's a free download and will update itself too if you set it to.
Did this tool need much of your or a colleague’s time to set up at the beginning?
The download is quick and it doesn't need big PCs to run. Like most installations however make sure you have the right level of permissions at your centre or group as it will need full access to discs / registry etc.
Do you have any top tips for using this tool?
Have a play around with its, take backup copies of any photos you are altering, just in case....