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Old 12 October 2012, 13:09   #1
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DSLR newby

I've just bought a Nikon D3100 and after having a couple of Memory cards delivered today have started to play with our toy.

Can anyone recommend a good but simple editing suite. My daughter uses an online one called Pic Monkey for editing photos for effects etc and uses them on Facebook and twitter.
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Old 12 October 2012, 13:16   #2
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Photo shop is really cool
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or GIMP which is a free open-source alternative to photoshop
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It depends on what you want to do.

Lightroom is very popular and enables you to process lots of photos quickly and is great if you shoot in RAW. You can sharpen, change contrast, crop and importantly straighten the horizon (for photos from your boat) and there are loads of filter effects. You then just export all the pictures as JPEGs in one go.

I have Lightroom and Photoshop Elements and now do most editing in Lightroom. You can do the same things in Photoshop as Lightroom but it takes much longer.

Gimp seems a popular free programme but I have never used it.

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It's been years since I used a SLR camera. Lots of memory is coming flooding back, but there's still loads to learn. I'm gonna save a fortune on Films and processing!

I've heard of Photoshop and dabbled with it on someone else's computer for 10 mins, I didn't remember it being too user friendly in the time I used it. It really has to be something simple to use.

Lightroom sounds easy to use from Neils description.
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You can download Lightroom for a free trial:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/i...shop_lightroom

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It's worth having a look at any discs which came with the camera. Although sometimes a bit simplistic, there is usually some free software which does the basics and gives you an understanding of the various processes before you go spending any hard earnt on proper suites.

There's a steep learning curve on any photo editing, but it is worth getting one of the recognised makes so that you can watch the various tutorials people have put on youtube.
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Lightroom is best for you right now, get Photoshop and play in between using Lightroom. PS is the only image editing suite worth using ultimately. As Erin says, YouTube has all the tutorials you need.
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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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.
Check out AlexP Photographer 99% in camera
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.
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shoot RAW /NEF , this means you will always get best quality!

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