I want to start... Please help a Newbie

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sukanas, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    i really love the concept of photoediting and etc... my friend is actually a photographer and takes awesome pictures which is how i got inspired.

    i want to go further than just using iPhoto
    and editing color balance, exposure, contrast etc...

    so i was wondering if u guys could give me a tip on how/where to start. any specific boos or etc?
    i picked up a couple of mag. Advanced Photoshop (ironic how i got the advanced one...) and i tried some of the tutorials (even the easy ones) but even when i DO follow directions, i dont know WTF theyre talking about! haha

    and also, i only have a point and shooter (canon sd1000 7mp)
    is it really necessary for me to get an SLR to use my photos for fancy editing?

    oh yeah as you can see in my sig i have a dell 24"
    its not a great monitor cause its a TN... and the viewing angles not that great either
    i use the ADOBE 1998 color setting in my color calibration thingy...
    but with me having a dell monitor, doesn't kinda kill the whole purpose of the color calibration/sync cause i could still change my RGB settings on my monitor (and i am connected DVI)

    thanks so much
    and this forum rocks!
  2. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Short answer: No.

    I don't know anything about your specific camera, but with ANY camera you can learn to think about your shots before taking them. That's really the single most important component, in my opinion, of a great photo. There are technical limitations with a point and shoot that aren't such a big deal with an SLR; but composition, lighting, etc. are parts of every photograph taken with any camera (and I've seen some amazing photos that've come out of point and shoot cameras).

    If you start learning to take better photos with your point and shoot, you'll have a much better idea of what sort of photos you like to take when/if the time comes to get an SLR. That will help you make more intelligent purchasing decisions at that point.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Do you have $25 per month to spend on this? Take a look a www.lynda.com you can subscribe for $25 and for that you can watch all the training videos you can. stay on-line 24x7 if you want. I think that is the least painless why to learn. Start with this one: http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=414 Notice that Chapter One and part of Two are free. Just click the link the Table on Contants. If you like it. Subscribe to see the rest.

    If you have a hardware colorimeter (or "color calibration thingy" just do not toutch anything after to run the calibration routine and yu will b fine. The cheap Dell LCD is no worse then the truly horrible screens on the new 20" iMac and MB. Apple really went cheap on those.

    You do not need a DSR to learn photo editing.
  4. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    Thanks for the info on this thread. My wife and I recently purchased a Canon IS S5 and would like to start doing some nice stuff with it. Hopefully the suggestions here can help.
  5. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    When your ready to edit your photos I suggest getting Photoshop Elements, it is a very powerful program for the money. The first step before doing any editing is to get a handle of your camera and learn ways to take good photographs (light, composition, depth of field) which can all be done well with your new camera. I agree with Chris A.'s advice to join lynda.com for tutorials on everything from digital photography to editing.
  6. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    I began playing with photoshop 7 long before I ever picked up a digital camera, like nine or ten years ago... it really helped to begin using my own images for editing, but the only equipment necessary is a computer, some software, and some media to play with! Truthfully, I just played with everything and clicked every effect, which is how I learned how to edit photos lol! Now it's second nature, which is a good thing since I take alot of photos myself these days. If you are having fun, that's all that matters so experiment and see what happens. I would recommend Elements as it is very inexpensive and yet powerful with more editing abilities than you need at your present stage... you could 'grow into it'.;)
  7. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    The first part of learning how to edit photos, is to learn how photoshop works at editing photos.

    Stick with the "image" tab if you want to learn image editing. Then move toward everything else if you want to work on photo manipulation and illustrations.

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