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Old 08-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #106
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Just to add to C Dog's post -- I prefer curves to levels, more control. In addition to Kelby search you tube and consider a subscription to Lynda.com.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #107
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Thanks Casey,

Yup, Lightroom (although Lightshop would have made sense).
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #108
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Just to add to C Dog's post -- I prefer curves to levels, more control. In addition to Kelby search you tube and consider a subscription to Lynda.com.
Curves does offer more control, but I don't think I'd recommend it for a beginner. I only use curves when I need to. I wouldn't recommend someone try curves until they understand a histogram, and work with levels to see how the histogram relates to the image.

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Old 08-29-2012, 12:37 PM   #109
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... consider a subscription to Lynda.com.
Interesting. That's EXACTLY why I love this place. Lots of good info. So you recommend the courses there. Seems reasonable for a monthly rate. Any preference for the two levels? Looks like the main difference is access to the Instructors Files. For something like PS is that helpful? Guess I'll look and try for a month and see.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:28 PM   #110
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If you can watch and learn then you won't need the files. If you're a hands on learner then I'd give the file option a try.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:40 PM   #111
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You can get Kelby training for $199 per year. I don't have experience with Lynda.com but their best deal is $250 a year. Look them both over, carefully.

I'm a professional, and I have a subscription. I use the more advanced courses, but they have plenty of beginner level courses.

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:58 PM   #112
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I just found this thread

I'm doing sooooo much wrong, and Im only on the second page !
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:43 AM   #113
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So I've looked into the training. Kelby looks great for Photo training and some software. Lynda is software training, but not for just Photo stuff, but more.

The choices... the choices. I'll probably do a month and compare, I'll report back.

Thanks guys for the help.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:38 AM   #114
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My wife has been storing up anything I make from cooking/blogging, etc., and I have enough for one of these now:



I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on that... then I get a bit for another deal in early November, where I'm getting one of these (or its successor if it's out by then):



What would you all think about picking a simple subject, getting one of the pros to talk about how to set up a shoot, then people trying it out?
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:50 AM   #115
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That's a big ass piece of glass you're looking at there and if you're thinking of doing food photography, family pics and/or landscapes you're not going to be using the telephoto end of the zoom much. Now if you've got kids who play sports, that's another story. If it was me I'd look for a good lens in the wide angle to moderate telephoto range. I shoot Canon and use my 24-105 90% of the time.
Youtube is your friend. Search food photography and you'll find a lot of good videos that beat the chit out of what we can describe here. That said you'll certainly have all your specific questions answered here and if you wish, your work critiqued.

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Old 09-22-2012, 10:03 AM   #116
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Cameraman, I'm not new here, don't worry. The 70-200 isn't for food; I use a 30mm prime for that mostly, though I'm thinking some macro work with en extension tube might be interesting down the road.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:57 AM   #117
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I just picked up this little gem up. A used Panasonic LX3. I read it has very good glass, a short focal length, and great in low light. However this has more options that modern fighter aircraft. Any help or advice is welcome. Thanks
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #118
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I got a great deal today on a new Nikon body, d7000, for about $900 new, along with a 5 in 1 reflector kit with a stand I can set up by the grill, too. I decided to wait on a lens... Tamron announced a new one coming out, and a few experts recommended waiting on that instead of going with the sigma. I'm also going to find a 50mm f/1.2 now that I've upgraded the body.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:46 PM   #119
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Lookin' for advice... Ready to buy a new camera for the fam. Budget tops out at about $300 bucks.

Seriously considering the


but I'm wondering if there are others that I should be looking at that are in the same ballpark... Looked at the


and while the wife would love the red one, I thought the thing was slow, the HS25 however seemed to be very responsive and quick to focus sharply even on fully zoomed shots.

Just looking for other opinions before I buy in the next day or two.

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Here's one of my first d7000 shts:

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