As usual Melody spent way too much on my for Valentines day, she bought me an Olympus Evolt 520 Digital SLR camera. Even though she spent more than me I have to say that I would prefer my camera to the jewelery that I got her. To each is own I suppose. Anyway after ordering the other required pieces from Amazon (compact flash card and a carrying bag) I went out this morning with Roy and took a ton of pictures. We went to Seaport Village which is right on San Diego Bay and is quite nice. With the combination of the beautiful weather and the scenery/atmosphere I got some nice shots.
All in all I was very happy with the 100 or so photos I took. It was my first time using a digital SLR so I have a lot to learn.
One of the more troubling issues was converting the images from .orf (olympus raw format) to .jpeg so I could upload them to flickr. After much research and a couple failded downloads I found a .orf to .dng (digital negative) converter and once I had them in .dng (lossless quality conversion) I could open them with Adobe Browser. From there I selected the .dng photograhps and right clicked on them to open them in Adobe Camera Raw. Adobe Camera Raw then allowed me to modify the lights/darks etc and then batch save them as .jpg.
Apparantly this situation can be remedied by upgrading to Adobe Photoshop CS3+ which supports the new Adobe Camera Raw 5.7 (CS2 only supports up to ACR 3.7 which doesn’t support .orf).