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Okay LJ...I'm turning to you for help.

My friend Julie is a photographer who up until now has been dedicated to film cameras. Over New Years, I visited her and we had pretty much the following conversation:

Julie: *looking at college classes for digital photography* I should really consider getting into digital photography, but I don't want to learn all this stuff--"digital file management," or "using histograms for color correction." I don't want to have to know all that! I just want to take pictures!
Katie: *petting cat* I'd learn it.
*Pause*
Katie: No, I mean...I really would. I love stuff like that--messing around with pictures and doing computer stuff...I'd do it.
Julie: And I could just stand by your elbow and say "make that more blue" and you could do it! And not know how you did it, it would just happen!
Katie: Yes, exactly! I have no interest in taking photos...just making them look neat. I like this plan.
Julie:Me too!
*pause*
Julie: No, I mean...I REALLY like this plan!

So. Now we're emailing back and forth at length about what we'd need to actually make this work.

So far, I've contacted my cousin, a very talented and skilled sports photographer, to send him some questions Julie had about digital cameras. More information would be good, though, so--for those of you who are into Photography (yes, capital P), what would you recommend? Here's what Julie wrote to me:
I don't have an opinion yet on the Cannon vs. Nikon debate (I probably wouldn't buy any other brands as these two appear to be the top). My film camera is a Cannon but I hear that Nikon menus are easier to use. I would want a standard lens and a wide angle as that is what I use most on my film camera. I have a macro with life-size extender and a telephoto but don't use them much. I could see getting a macro in the future. I want to print big (20x30 range or even larger) without getting fuzzy. My style tend to be soft but also crisp and I love intense color (not to be confused with loud and obnoxious color).


So there's that. We've also arrived at the probably-fairly-obvious conclusion that Photoshop is the way to go for editing software, and I'm really feeling like we should probably have a mac to work on. Her family has one, which supposedly meets the (bare) minimum requirements to run Photoshop CS5. I'm assuming one of us (aka, me) will end up buying a mac at some point for this, but seeing as I'm a Microsoft/Windows gal...help?

So, any of you who use macs, what would you recommend? I already have my own little Dell laptop for personal use, so this would basically be a "work" computer...although I'm not quitting my day job to go in on this venture yet. ;) Educate the poor Microsoft luddite, O Mac Afficionados!!

And, thank you for even reading this. I know how it can be when a clueless person is like 'tell me what to do,' but right now we're getting as much information as possible so as to make informed choices.

Date: 2012-01-13 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] countess-rosina.livejournal.com
My little sister the film student bought a Nikon d7000 in the last year, but spent lots of time doing some comparison shopping with simiilar model Canons....she LOVES her Nikon, and purchased some lenses from the Tokina brand...I seem to remember them being cheaper than the Nikon branded lenses. I know she uses a wide angle lens and some others, but I can't remember what.

As for getting a mac, well, even as a dyed-in-the-wool PC user, I am seriously considering getting a mac once my laptop craps out. My dad and sis were converts after the first day of mac ownership, and now that I have an iPad, I'm pretty sure there's no going back.

Just my 2 cents...I'm sure some other folks will chime in!

Date: 2012-01-13 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poisoned-kitty.livejournal.com
I am kinda biased towards Nikon. When I got my Nikon digital SLR (about 6 years ago now) I had waited until a point where DSLR photography was able to be blown up well and not look crappy. So now, the newer cameras are even better. Back in the day though, Nikon always had the best reputation for film SLR cameras, and they have kept that up into digital, but then I also hear Cannon are good too. From my work with professional photographers (as a makeup artist), most tend to head towards Nikon. As for lenses, mine are Nikon brand. I know it is cheaper to get other brands, but the Nikon lenses are where the money is at. Quite frankly the lenses are what make a photograph. If anything, cheap out on the body and spend big on the lenses.

Mac or PC. I have both. I have a PC for all my storage and gaming needs, but my macbook air does everything else. I switched from a macbook pro to a macbook air about a year ago and am so glad that I did. So much lighter which is fantastic for travel and yet it still does everything that I need it to and more. And I have office for mac installed. You can get mac versions of a lot of programs so that they will work for you. But for laptops, I definitely go for mac over any other brand.
Edited Date: 2012-01-13 10:05 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-13 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mre-awiwench.livejournal.com
No idea on cameras but I have a PC laptop and a REALLLLY old mac desktop at home and work on macs all day at the office. Go with a MAC! IF you are going to be doing editing on the go, get a Macbook Air but if you will be doing it at home, I highly recommend a macmini with a good size monitor.
Photoshop is good. There are also some decent photo editing software that is open source... GIMP for Macs and PCs, Paint.net for PCs, That you may want to use to get your feet wet.

Just my 2 cents.

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