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Old     (tymorlang)      Join Date: Jul 2009       07-30-2009, 9:35 AM Reply   
I am a photo noob. I have both programs and would like to get more into photography. Which program should i focus on learning?

Old     (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-30-2009, 11:10 AM Reply   
You should just go out and shoot as many photos as you can because neither app will fix crappy photos. ;-)

Check out Lynda or Kelby Training for tutorials (both are paid services.) You can also do a search on google for free tutorials for both of those apps.

Personally I would start with Photoshop because you can use it for other media like web graphics, video graphics, etc..
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-30-2009, 4:58 PM Reply   
They serve 2 different purposes, try and learn them both.
Old     (rson)      Join Date: Jun 2002       07-31-2009, 12:40 AM Reply   
So true Kung Fu, if your picture is properly setup, exposed, and focused, the program you use is inconsequential.

may I recommend a book first. it is only 18$ and will save you.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-31-2009, 6:53 AM Reply   
I disagree, I've played with the picture styles on my 1D3 and tried every setting it offers and have yet to see a single jpeg come directly out of the cam that looks as good as the default RAW conversion Aperture offers. This goes for properly exposed shots taken in perfect light as well as shots where things weren't perfect.

I agree that a properly exposed/focused shot is more important than whether you're shooting jpeg or RAW but I wouldn't call the benefits of a great RAW convertor and the PPing options it offers "inconsequential".
Old     (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       08-01-2009, 9:23 PM Reply   
I would get lightroom or aperture well before Photoshop. You can do 90 percent plus of everything you do with these. That being said I have both and think if you stick around photography you will as well

just take lots of pics and process them. You learn a lot during the post processing process
Old     (jay_g)      Join Date: Apr 2006       08-01-2009, 9:32 PM Reply   
What about gimp??? Anyone here use it? It's free (open source) and personally I think it's great


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