Originally Posted by mister p
One bit of advice, you can only make something good better, sh*t pics are unrecoverable.
Concentrate on composition and being as close as you can to you subject, forget zooms, use one lens and get good with that.
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Yes you're right. Crap shots will always be crap.
Many years ago I owned an SLR I must have spent a fortune on film over the years practicing. This taught me to take my time and the importance to properly compose and frame my shots. Of course the composer is always the worst critic and there where never that many shots I liked that much. Others always commented that the pictures I took were much better than I thought. I did however excel at portrait shots, probably because I could spend my time setting the shot and I had a knack of getting the field of view just how I wanted it.
DSLR's gives me a chance of experimenting and of course improving my photography skills without costing me a fortune and of course the results are instantly viewable on the PC. I can't wait to get stuck in! My daughter is also champing at the bit, so it'll be nice to learn alongside her.
I've had a chance to look at your recommendations (except for GIMP) but I don't want to be spending a lot of money (if any) in the short term looking for complicated Editing suites, I'd just be happy with something simple to experiment with in the first instance. I'm sure I'll upgrade to the full version of Photoshop or Lightroom further down the line.
So I guess what I'm saying is that I'd like to fine tune my first post to reflect the fact that I am looking for some freeware/open sourced software.
One thing I would like to ask is, what's the difference between all the different file formats that you can work in? I would have thought JPEG was the standard.