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Which Photoshop? Starting out.
If you want to own a photo editing package, there are several on the market for less than 100 and once you have bought it, it is yours. But if you want the very best with every conceivable bell and whistle most of us will ever need, or wish to go into digital art, then it has to be Photoshop. But unless you manage to get a second-hand version from ebay for example (from CS6 downwards), Adobe will only let you rent it. Currently the combined Photoshop/Lightroom package costs me just under 9 a month. I will be interested to see what that rises to in 10 months time.

For the last 10 years I have also been using Photoshop Elements and the latest version I have is 12 (I bought it before the Photoshop deal was announced). Even with my Elements experience I have found the full Photoshop to be a steep learning curve and every time I find a new feature in Photoshop, more often than not it is there in Elements as well.

If Adobe put up the PS/LR package prices at the end of this year I will go back to Elements, which along with the NIK and Topaz filters I have bought seperately can do virtually everything I will ask it to do, but only in 8 bit, not 16 like PS.

Also investigate Lightroom which you can own.

14 03/04/2014 - 7:53 AM
By NikLG
UK - USA Price Differential
It just shows why the UK called "Treasure Island"! Manufacturers of all shapes and sizes have been doing this for years.

31 10/03/2014 - 8:51 PM
By LenShepherd
Sorry, I don't understand the question. If you could be more explicit about what you want to know, I may be able to help.

3 23/11/2013 - 10:41 AM
By sausage
Best website to get your photos printed?
DS Colour Labs

5 12/11/2013 - 8:18 AM
By Stillbase
D5100 upgrade?
Why do you feel you want to upgrade?

6 30/10/2013 - 8:25 PM
By johnmac
Nikon 35mm v 50mm for D7000
I have had the 18-135 for many years and used it on a D50, D300 and now a D5100. It's non-VR (Nikon have just produced an 18-140VR lens). The 18-135 is a lens that I have bought a replacement for many times, but in the end it finds its way back onto the camera because its sharp and the 18-135 range is great for a walkabout lens. At the moment it has been replaced by a Sigma 17-70, but I notice its found its way back into my camera bag and will once again probably end up on the camera. In other words its a very useful lens for the sort of shooting I do (landscapes, cityscapes etc).

16 09/10/2013 - 10:28 PM
By discreetphoton
photoshop elements 11 32.99 at amazon
At this time of year it usually means that the next version (PSE 12) is about to be released.

6 29/08/2013 - 8:43 AM
By Just Jas
RAW histogram?
Thanks redhed17 for a considered reply and also for the reference, which IMHO clarifies the whole histogram discussion.

14 26/08/2013 - 2:34 PM
By MichaelMelb_AU
how we like to see things
Convert No2 to B&W?

23 07/08/2013 - 6:49 AM
By lobsterboy
Nikon 1 V2
As long as you intend to enjoy it, as you clearly do, take no notice of what anyone else says.

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4 08/08/2013 - 6:52 PM
By Lynx08
"Adobe Creative Cloud."
Hi Jester I decided to "rent" CS6 from the Adobe creative cloud which was automatically upgraded to Photoshop CC in June. I decided to give it a try for the year to finally decide whether or not I needed all the bells and whistles or whether elements would be sufficient for me. I am now in the 5th month and the jury is still out, but I suspect that at the end of my trial I may well feel that Elements will do all I want. However, interestingly enough in spite of the upgrade CS6 has been left on my system so I have 2 versions of Photoshop. Hmmm I wonder if I copy CS6 to ...............

I've also tried Lightroom twice on the free monthly trial, and I must be the only person in the country who doesn't like it - its just camera raw with a few other bits added.

10 29/07/2013 - 5:45 PM
By Jestertheclown
Why Photoshop?
If you don't photoshop (or post process) your camera will.

61 04/10/2013 - 7:45 PM
By ade_mcfade
Help to many its confussing me
MichaelMelb you are so, so right.

Many years ago I bought a Nikon 18-135 lens. I've "upgraded" it three times and still it finds its way back onto my camera whilst the shiny new upgrade languishes in my bag.

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11 04/08/2013 - 2:48 PM
By Ptr_A
Yes. I started the Creative Cloud single app renting option 4 months ago as I had decided that I would give Photoshop an extended trial (for 12 months) and the upgrade to Photoshop CC is included in the deal. I had always wondered whether Photoshop was too complicated for me so I decided I would give it a thorough trial (the 30 free trial is not enough), and "get it out of my system". If I feel I need all the bells and whistles, I will continue renting after my 12 month contract is up. If not I will go back to Photoshop Elements for manipulation and perhaps Lightroom for basic editing depending on what I want to do with my photography in the future.

19 28/08/2013 - 12:51 PM
By teocali
Get It Right!
Quote : "It's meant to be the Church of England not Church of the Latter Day bloomin' Saints!"

There really is no need at all to be rude about other religions just to make your point.

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37 11/06/2013 - 11:06 PM
By nickthompson
Driving Me Nuts...
Quote: Who are these people that impose their crazy rules upon us?

The ones you elect.

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6 09/06/2013 - 6:10 PM
By keith selmes
Portable hard drive keeps updating
Have you set the backup scans so that it keeps scanning every day rather than, say, once a week.

19 09/06/2013 - 3:31 PM
By SlowSong
problems problems nothing but problems
In spite of all the adverse publicity of a week or so back I still feel that renting Photoshop directly is the better option considering how high the price has gone for purchasing it, which leaves the door open for (allegedly) trustworthy companies to offer deals. I've been caught out once by a dodgy internet software deal - never again.

49 25/07/2013 - 8:43 PM
NX2 - any users?
So do I - a very useful piece of software.

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18 17/08/2013 - 4:08 PM
By pluckyfilly
Adobe going subscription only.
For years I have wondered whether the full Photoshop program was too much for me. So a couple of months ago I decided to use the Adobe Creative Cloud system to trial the single program for 12 months after my 30 day trial proved inconclusive. It costs me 17.58 per month (around 200) for a full year and gives me lots of time to play with the program and make a final decision about whether or not it is worth the costs to me. The alternative was to spend 600+ for the boxed program.

As part of the deal, Adobe are supposed to let me have all upgrades free, so I will be interested to see whether I get access to the new Photoshop CC program in June. Meanwhile I will continue to experiment and learn with this complex tool.

81 15/05/2013 - 7:04 PM
By MrDennis
Hi Ann, I agree with Niknut about using the central focussing point only, but the problem is that the focussing point can periodically move to some of the outer positions (goodness only knows how or why). So to make sure it's in its central position before you take a shot press the OK button in the centre of the multi selector and it should move back to centre. It sounds a pain but after a while it becomes part of the pre-shot routine and saves taking a lot of out-of-focus pictures.

I also had a D300 and moved to the D5100 a year ago for exactly the same reason as you. I haven't regretted it one bit.

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8 06/05/2013 - 5:47 PM
By pluckyfilly
Nikon 18-105 or Nikon 18-135
I've had the 18-135 for about 6 years and have "replaced" it several times, but it always seems to find its way back onto my camera when I am wandering around (especially after my wife "stole" my 16-85). It does not have VR and I very rarely use it above 100mm - I don't like pushing lenses to their extreme - but its very sharp . Having said that I'm not convinced there is much difference between that and the 18-105 in terms of magnification at the high end - take a look at the lens comparator tool on the Nikon UK website and you will probably find the difference marginal. But if VR is important to you go for the 18-105.

7 29/04/2013 - 8:04 PM
By c7fnt
Backup Software
Once again, my thanks to all of you who have taken the time to try to help me.

16 18/03/2013 - 2:02 PM
By Pete
Backup Software
Thank you both for your comments. It looks to me as though I am going to have to pay to get suitable and reliable software - rather annoying. But on the other hand my 100 years or so of family photos are worth more to me than 40 or 50 for the backup program, so I'll have to bite the bullet.

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16 18/03/2013 - 2:02 PM
By Pete
Backup Software
I'm currently using the Windows 7 backup program for backing up all my Libraries only on a daily basis onto a 2 TB external hard disk. After just 2 days it has used up nearly 1TB of disk space, takes several hours, slows the computer down to a crawl (even with i7 processors and 6GB Ram) and seems to be backing up files that haven't been altered.

Can anyone recommend a good back up program?

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16 18/03/2013 - 2:02 PM
By Pete
belittling people
Compared to another site to which I contribute occasionally (F****r) I've always throught how moderate, helpful and reasoned the vast majority of people are on this site. On the other place, they can be vicious, hiding behind their anonymity, exhibiting extreme equipment snobbery (I have the latest FX camera and full set of lenses and yours is entry level and therefore rubbish) and also providing incomprehensible jargon-full technical answers to a simple question. This site is a breath of fresh air. Lets keep it that way.

73 20/02/2013 - 6:37 PM
By dcash29
Nikon D5100 question
The Flickr D5100 group has a comprehensive list of lenses (nikon & non-nikon) the camera will autofocus with.

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5 17/01/2013 - 8:10 PM
By don1
Reproducing Monitor image
Other than the colour management problem, I'm sure I read somewhere that another difference between a monitor and a print has something to do with the fact that monitors are backlit with a constant source of light, whereas prints are reflectively lit where the intensity varies?

13 23/01/2013 - 4:59 PM
By justin c
Need help please ! :)
There is a tremendous amount of free information on the internet about basic digital photography (including RAW shooting and processing). There is also probably a lot about using your model of camera. I think it's probably worth taking your time finding and studying this. Then you will be in a much better position to understand what's going on in your camera and how to get the best out of your photography.

9 08/01/2013 - 2:15 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Nikon D50 with kit lense whats it worth?
I bought a D50 in early 2006. But each time I've "upgraded" I've kept the D50. I now use it as a second camera with my Tamron 28-300 lens to save me changing lenses in the field. I also agree with other comments that the 18-55 is an excellent lens and that the combination is nice and light. After a while I have found that it can get a bit miserable lugging round a heavy camera/lens combination particularly on a bad day - in fact I got rid of my D300 primarily because of that.

15 07/02/2013 - 7:07 PM
Letting others have a copy of your file
Last week our photo club did "battle" with another fairly local camera club. As a result of this one of their members has now asked my wife if she would send him an electronic copy of one of her photos so he can "have it printed and hang it on his wall". At first sight, very flattering, but on thinking about it I feel that by letting somebody we don't know have the file - even if a modest payment is involved - she looses all control of all rights to the use of that photo.

Am I being too suspicious?

9 20/11/2012 - 5:32 PM
By Newdevonian
Day 20 November 2012: Frosty Photography

29 22/11/2012 - 4:58 AM
By howard11792
To Snap or not to Snap ?
Being called a photographer embarases me - I prefer "snapper".

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48 14/11/2012 - 9:24 PM
By pulsar69
Looking to upgrade from a Nikon d300 - any suggestions?
That's all very well providing you have no screw focus lenses, but more importantly doesn't help the OP in this case, due to his specific requirements.

Oh. Sorry I spoke!

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10 15/10/2012 - 11:41 AM
By LenShepherd
Looking to upgrade from a Nikon d300 - any suggestions?
Earlier this year I "upgraded" from my 4 year old D300 to a D5100. The D300 had all the bells and whistles a button pusher could want, but the D5100 is lighter and has all the facilities I want, produces superb pictures and I have not regretted the change one bit.

10 15/10/2012 - 11:41 AM
By LenShepherd
Day 26 September 2012: Autumn Landscapes

24 28/09/2012 - 5:57 PM
By DalesLass
Hello From Solihull
One thing I have found over the years is that, in photography as in life, never, ever be intimidated by what others have, whether it be their gear, their clothes or their attitudes. It doesn't mean they are any good or produce photographs with the "wow" factor, it just makes it look as if they are.

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8 28/09/2012 - 12:12 AM
By nikonphotographer
Where are cameras going?
Forgive me for writing this again, but I find it increasingly difficult to understand why people should continue to want "bigger and better" (and by implication, more expensive) cameras and lenses. Do they think that by going to full frame they will take "better" pictures? Don't they realise that after "full frame" will come the next sensor size (is it called medium format?), then after that "large format", then "huge format or whatever" and so on ad finitum as technology makes these things available at a higher and higher price. And the manufacturers will rub their hands with glee and continue to feed us gullible photographers with equipment we don't really need. I have recently read on another photo website that "I have had my camera for 12 months and now feel I have outgrown it!!!" Hmmmm! I'm old enough to accept that technology will move at a faster and faster pace, but am able to step back and think "will it help me", and the answer I come up with more and more is "no it won't" - if the photos aren't as I want them, the fault is with me not the equipment. All we need to do is to be honest with ourselves, and that costs nothing.

9 17/10/2012 - 4:24 PM
By Scottelly
Loose lens hood
I'd be a bit careful with silicone based products - in my experience the silicone creeps everywhere.

13 21/09/2012 - 9:26 AM
By Jestertheclown
Photographing Cornwall
We've just come back from there - Except for things like the Eden Project, I think your best bet is looking around the coast.

11 26/09/2013 - 4:01 PM
By collywobles
16:9 or 4:3

11 20/07/2012 - 2:37 PM
By User_Removed
D7000 or D300s
Can I add my two-penny worth based on my personal experience. Just because a camera has all of the wonderful up to date "bells and whistles", it may not necessarily be the camera for you. 4 years ago I bought a Nikon D300, at the time the star Nikon DX camera, so I thought "its got to be good and will improve my picture taking no end". Two weeks ago I got rid of it and bought a Nikon D5100 because the D300 was far too clever for me. There were too many settings I could choose and I got myself totally confused and as a result my pictures got worse and worse and I spent more and more time post processing to make them look presentable. So now I have opted for the more simple D5100 and the pictures are great plus the fact it is a lot lighter then the D300 to lug around everywhere.

So the moral of my story is to consider not only the camera's complexity and your ability/expertise to cope with it, but also its weight before laying out a great deal of hard earned 's. Just because we buy the most expensive camera it doesn't mean the quality of our shots will take a quantum leap forward.

11 05/06/2012 - 10:50 AM
By Nick_G
Nikon D5100

I suggest you reset all of the camera settings back to default mode, by turning the camera on and then holding down the "menu" and "information" buttons together for a few seconds - they are both on the back of the camera and both of them have green dots by them. This should reset all setting in the camera back to their default mode which means the camera should work OK. If that doesn't cure the problem it sounds as if you have a faulty camera, but lets hope not.

Best of luck


8 06/06/2012 - 3:07 PM
By iambigzeus
Birmingham Photo's from 1960's
I've been following this site for a number of years and Mark Norton has done a wonderful job with it. I'm sure that he would be interested to hear from anyone who has good photographs of the centre of Birmingham before it was destroyed by the "developers" in the 1960's.

6 01/06/2012 - 3:39 PM
By edtaylor
Diamond Jubilee Events and Photography - Advice Please
I agree with Scutter and kaybee - just go there, snap away and see if there are any complaints. We've all gone hysterical about whether or not we should take pictures of people. Just take them and let the politically correct get their knickers in a twist!

26 18/06/2012 - 10:41 AM
By Photo4x4
Collective photographers.
or even a "snapping"

31 28/05/2012 - 3:36 PM
By Paul Morgan
Collective photographers.
How about a "shooting" or even a "clicking"?

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31 28/05/2012 - 3:36 PM
By Paul Morgan
Scanning glass negatives
I did this several years ago on 90 year old quarter and half plate B/W negatives using a standard epson photo scanner. I used it in 35 mm transparency mode and blanked off the rest of the scanner base plate so I could position the plate accurately. I then scanned the first part of the plate, then the remainder on the next scan. For the half plate size it took 3 scans to cover the full plate. I then used the photoshop elements photomerge panorama to stitch them together to give me back the original photo. It is long winded, but it worked out very well - you can't see the joins.

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9 21/05/2012 - 9:03 PM
By LenShepherd
Amateur Photographer D800e, D800 and Hasselblad H4D-31 comparison
Photographers now seem to be split into 2 camps - there are those who are seeking technical perfection and those who are seeking artistic perfection. The tekkies will be forever looking for a new camera/lens with fantastic resolution in darker and darker conditions and good luck to them if they can afford it, whereas the artists will probably be satisfied with less of the ultimate in resolution and be more compositional/colour aware (there's not a lot of detail in Hockney's pictures for example, but the colours and composition are brilliant) . There is room for both.

34 17/06/2012 - 9:50 PM
By strawman
Elements +.
Send an email to the person who produces elements+ explaining your problem (sorry, I've lost his address). I have found in the past that he replies very quickly.

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3 16/05/2012 - 4:13 PM
By Niknut