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Windows Live Photo Gallery

If you’ve not downloaded the latest beta of Live Photo Gallery, do so (at http://get.live.com/betas/photogallery_betas). It’s a really good photo management app, that integrates with your Live Space (you do have a Live Space, don’t you?).

Assuming you’ve got the patience (and it doesn’t take long with this interface…) to tag your photos as you upload them it’ll search through everything instantly – I’ve got 4.3gb in my library at the moment and it filters as I type. There are also some really good, easy to use image enhancements (red-eye removal, contrast / colour balance etc.). Sure, it’s not as powerful as Photoshop’s filters but a) it’s free and b) it’s much easier to use.

My favourite feature is the photo stitching tool, which I’ve used in my blogs here before. You just select the photos that you’ve taken in a panorama and hit the button. It adjusts exposure, lens angle etc. and blurs the photos together into a bigger one. Simple and really effective, especially with a crappy phone camera like mine 🙂 Here are my examples…

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