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Offline annaiso

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« on: June 27, 2005, 10:55:11 AM »
i know nothing about digital but am about to buy 7D, can someone please recommend what software is the best and is there a good book out that teaches novices about digital?
i need all the help i can get, been a film user for too long!! :oops:

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2005, 12:42:17 PM »
paint shop pro is cheap and easy but not so great if you want to use raw.
raw shooter is great if you shoot raw and its free.
Photoshop is the best but expensive.

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2005, 01:12:19 PM »
I would think that RAWShooter to convert raw images to TIFFs and then Photoshop Elements (the little brother to Photoshop) it's relatively cheap. I don't use it myself but it's one of the ones that the magazines cover with lots of tutorials etc.. and there are a lot of books out there covering elements.

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2005, 03:39:22 PM »
i have no idea what 'RAW' is or means.
there is so much info to take in about digital. Just bought a book of ebay called the complete guide to digital photography and tonight the phone is getting turned off while i tackle it.
went into dixons to have a look at software and was shocked to see how much choice there was!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2005, 04:41:38 PM »
Not the simplest of explanations but have a look at this site it will explain RAW and it's benefits and down sides.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/u-raw-files.shtml

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http://www.thetechzone.com/?m=show&id=269

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2005, 11:36:10 AM »
i have ordered 7D today and can't wait to get my hands on it :D found the cheapest deal at warehouse express over £100 cheaper than jessops and everywhere else i looked.
i tackled my digital photography book and iam slowly getting my head around it.
what is the best memory card to get?

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2005, 11:57:29 AM »
lexar or sandisk ultra III

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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2005, 01:53:46 PM »
I would suggest getting a couple of 512mb, or a couple of 1gb cards if your budget stretches that far. Better to have a backup incase one fails. Have a look at www.7dayshop.com for some good prices.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2005, 06:53:23 PM »
got a phone call from warehouse express today and my 7D should be here on friday, thanks for the advice on memory cards just ordered a sandisk 512. been looking at software and was thinking about adobe photoshop elements is this any good?

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2005, 07:26:58 PM »
I have never used it (I use Coral PhotoPaint) but I have considered Elements 1. because of the price 2. the fact that so many magazines do tutorials and tips for elements would suggest that it is very popular and presumably pretty good

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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2005, 07:36:58 PM »
just had a look in jessops cat what is that makes adobe photoshop CS2 so special that they can charge £508.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2005, 10:52:09 PM »
that's because photoshop cs is a full professional level piece of software. The tools and things used for photo editing are a small part of what the program can do.

elements is a cut down version of photoshop and if you can get a copy then it serve you well. You might also want to consider Paint Shop Pro.

You might also want to see if you can find a copy of photoshop 7, or even cs 1 for a decent price. Now cs2 is out there might be a bargain to be had. If you are going to use RAW format then cs would be better than 7.

It also depends on how much you intend doing to your images, as to whether you really need a full blown editing software package. There are quite a few more specialist software packages designed more for photographers.

i use photoshop nearly every day at work for web graphics, creating mock ups of websites and things.... very rarely do I use it at work for photo editing. At home I use it for web graphics, mock ups.... do you see a pattern here.... oh, and photo editing..
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2005, 04:01:40 PM »
just tried uploading pic to album but computer telling me file to large how do i make it smaller?

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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2005, 04:16:15 PM »
no need for a reply, ive cracked it. :lol:

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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2005, 12:09:13 PM »
cracked what... your computer!!!! please be gentle with your computers if they tell you that you can't do something.... it's not their fault, they have feelings you know

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