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Welcome to the latest edition of “Ask the MACist", the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up!

And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo or anything, send it to me, The MACist, at: themacist at gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to the question. Yes, only one this week as the MACist was busy working on his Macintosh costume for Halloween.

Our question for today comes from Vicki in Santa Monica. She asks: "I have a digital camera and take quite a few pictures. What's the best way to get them on my Mac, organize them and work with them?"

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Good one. I've worked with quite a few photographers in the past and I have also taken some pictures myself. So, over the years, I have developed a simple workflow that seems to do the trick. On the software front, I think most people would agree that the top photo program for the Mac is Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop is the king of photo manipulation programs for the Mac and is also very, very complicated so we won't go into it here (at least today). However, for most people, Apple's own program called iPhoto, which ships with new Macs and is also available separately as part of the iLife Suite, does the job well enough to satisfy all but the most demanding user.