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New to it all :D

Discussion in 'Introductions...' started by Cazde, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    Hi everyone
    I recently got my first REAL camera!!! :D I have been reading up on 'how to do' everything but I am working on the basics for now. Dose everyone use program's for editing on a pc or mac, or is there some of you out there that just use tablets?? Which program's do you use???

    thank you in advance

    caroline x
  2. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forums

    We all use something for editing, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom beeing the more popular ones. There are also pretty good freeware out there as well.

    I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 great program althogh it is few years old, but very hight price so when I upgrade I think Elements will be my choice. All the important bits at the fraction of the price.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013
  3. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    Thank you for your reply. I will look in to those program's and will just have to get back into the habit of using a desktop computer again ;D
  4. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    How do you put you Flickr account in your signature?? I have a few pic on there and would be nice to like it to here. Thanks x
  5. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Hello, Caroline, and welcome to the AP forums!

    I do most of my editing within the Corel AftershotPro raw converter, but I also use the GIMP for more detailed work, and sometimes specialised post production programs such as Luminance HDR and the Hugin panorama stitcher.

    What camera have you got?
  6. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    Hi thank you for the welcome

    i recently received a samsung nx1000. I know it's not a top of the range camera but for just starting out and getting the hang of things it's good enough for me :)

    corel looks like a good program too!! I'm thinking this is going to hard to decide which one will suit me!!
  7. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    You can change your signiture in Forum Actions->Edit Profile->Edit Signature.

    One thing would be to download the 30 day trial of Elements from Adobe. I think it is great but at the end of the day what you think is the only thing that matter, but with 30 days trial you don't need to spend money on something you don't like.
  8. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    When using elements do you need to work with raw or can you use jpeg files too?? Have not been taking any pics in raw format at the moment as I didn't have any program's that could edit them. To be compleatly honest the only editing program I have ever used is snapseed on my iPad :(
  9. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    There are quite a few free image editor programs, and many of the paid for ones have a free trial version (usually for a limited time), so at least you can get to try them out. Try typing "free photo editing software" into your favourite search engine.

    The GIMP that I use is free and quite powerful, though it does take a bit of getting used to. For more info, click here.
  10. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    It can do both, but jpeg are fine. I would suggest going to your local library and get a book on elements, any book will be fine althogh newer versions will be closer to the current one on the Adobe site.
    It may seem confusing at first but it realy is easy and powerfull program. Fine tuning levels, fixing red eyes, cloning out, croping and tilting all of this is very easy in this program. Plus all the other advanced features and filter you can play around with.
  11. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    Just had a look at GIMP but not at my computer so can't download anything at the moment but will soon. I think that any program will be hard for me to get used to as I have never used any editing software before but I am not too bad with tech and programs so I'm hoping it will not take me too long to get my head round it. I think the hard part will be taking a picture I like enough to edit!! :D
  12. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    Will set my camera to do both then I can see which is the better way. As I do take a few pics when I'm out and about but I'm not liking most of them at the mo ill not run out of memory for now. Thanks for that ill take some more pics tomorrow then have a play with a few program's hopefully one of them will click with me :D
  13. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Maybe the best thing for you to start with would be an online editor such as Pixlr (click here). You don't need to download or install anything, just upload your photo, edit it, then download the edited version. It has most of the basic editing functions that you can play around with to get a feel for want they do. And it's free! :) (Though it may get a bit slow for large images such as the 20Mpxl files from your nx1000! :()
  14. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    How did you know I have been taking photos a 20Mpxl :D ill have a look at that one too!!!

    thank you both for you suggestions :) much appreciated x
  15. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    I use Aperture 3 on an iMac.
  16. Cazde

    Cazde Active Member

    A mac is the next thing I will invest in!!! maybe for my birthday :D
  17. lisadb

    lisadb Well-Known Member

    Hi Caroline, welcome to the forum. :)
  18. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Welcome Caroline :)

    NX1000 is quite a good CSC.

    But shooting raw is not fun, it take 6 seconds to write a file. My bridge camera can doing it in less than 1 seconds. Ok, my bridge is half the res but still 6 seconds for the NX1000 is abit poor. :(
  19. George W Johnson

    George W Johnson Well-Known Member

    Hi there!

    A warm welcome.

    The first thing I tell novices, don't worry too much about the "knobs'n'dials" yet, spend a couple of weeks just having fun. Just enjoy using a camera to see what interesting things catch your eye. After a while natural curiosity will get the better of you and you'll start bugging people and reading up on how the good and great get such stunning shots. Before you know it you'll be like the rest of us, broke, going mad but out there, right in the thick of it, getting stuck into one of the best hobbys in the world!
  20. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    I had a look at the specs of the nx1000. :)

    It's seldom a good idea to set lower than maximum resolution for JPEGs - memory cards & disk space are pretty cheap these days, and you never know when you might grab a shot which you later want to print large.

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