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    Question My Newbie Questions (round 1)

    • Do I have to take the lens off of the camera when I put it away? Or can I keep it together?
    • What format should I choose for the images? (raw, jpeg etc)
    • I'm installing View NX2 that came with the camera, is that what I will edit pictures with? Is there something else I shoudl be using? (free or low cost options pls)
    • How do I know what settings I used to shoot the picture in? (so that I can figure out what the heck I did when I got it right!)
    • Any particular camera bags that you all are in love with? I was so excited to get the camera I couldn't be bothered with looking at all the different kinds of bags, but obviously I need one!


    Think that's it for now..... but I'm sure there will be a round 2. THanks in advance and watch out... my first shots will be going up for CC soon!
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    Kristy! good to see you over here.
    I always leave a lens on. I Used to shoot in jpeg unless I was doing a "shoot". But, I've really gotten into photoshop lately, and like the options I have for editing in RAW, so now I use that. It's a memory hog though! I know there are a cpl really good options for free editing, but I've never used them, and can't remember the names right now, lol... As far as a camera bag, I had an ugly one that came free with my camera. I ripped it apart last month, and recovered the pads, and inserted them in my new purse, so I have a 'custom camera bag'! I love it!! It's similar to this one: http://penniesonaplatter.com/2011/12...-camera-purse/

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    Hey there, welcome!!

    1) I always leave a lens on my camera...even if it's traveling in my bag. I suppose it's a personal preference.

    2) You choose what's most comfortable to you, but RAW images will always have more flexibility to edit. BUT, the down side is they are a lot larger file size and MUST have some form of editing done to them (unlike jpeg, where the camera decides the basic edit info for you).

    3) You can choose a free program, like GIMP or Photoscape (two programs I used in the beginning) or you can get Photoshop Elements, which is fairly inexpensive.

    4) Depending on the editing program you use, it might show your settings. But, I usually get my exif info from Flickr once it's uploaded.

    5) Oh camera bags!!! My weakness!! You can spend anywhere from $10 to $300 on a bag. So really (a lot like a camera) it all depends on your budget. I just got a Kelly Moore B-Hobo which I absolutely LLLOOOOVVVEEE!! But, for most people, they aren't going to spend that kind of money on a bag. I do love my Lowepro Passport Sling (~ $60). My brother has Lowepro Messenger Exchange. It's a great little bag for a camera with lens attached and an additional lens (~ $25). And of course there are backpacks and sling bags, but those aren't my style
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    1 - I always leave a lens on my camera.

    2 - I was so opposed to RAW for the longest time. Probably because I hated editing. I now shoot in RAW+Jpeg. That way, if I don't feel like processing a snapshot, I don't have to, but if I get a nice one, I have the option for the flexibility of RAW. Oh, and I know I would forget to set it back to RAW if I'm doing a shoot with the kids

    3 - You could use either of the free programs that Jennifer mentioned, or you could go with a paid program. I see most people using one of the Photoshop programs. I personally use Photoshop Elements 8. I also downloaded the free beta version of Lightroom (by the same people who put out Photoshop), and LOVE it. I will be buying it. You don't get a lot of the creative tools as you do in one of the Photoshop programs, but it processes RAW images like magic.

    4 - I responded to this one in your CC thread. But I suggest a Flickr account. It's free (unless you upgrade to pro).

    5 - I got a Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home for Christmas. I like it, but I almost wish I would have got the 6 Million. It holds my stuff right now (Camera with lens attached, and 2 other lenses). I don't exactly have the room for my speedlite, but I make it work.
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    • Do I have to take the lens off of the camera when I put it away? Or can I keep it together?
    • I keep mine together. I never take mine off.
    • What format should I choose for the images? (raw, jpeg etc)
    • I shoot RAW. Sometimes I wish I would do RAW+JPEG b/c I don't always want to mess with it, but it's easier to just do RAW.
    • I'm installing View NX2 that came with the camera, is that what I will edit pictures with? Is there something else I shoudl be using? (free or low cost options pls)
    • I am on a low budget so I understand. I have the NX2 (I think) but I have never used it. I use PhotoShop Elements and it cost anywhere from $75-100 I believe. It was a gift. Also, Tracy uses GIMP (free) and she uses it well!
    • How do I know what settings I used to shoot the picture in? (so that I can figure out what the heck I did when I got it right!)
    • You should be able to push the down arrow on your camera when viewing the picture and it should show you. But, you should be aware of your settings BEFORE you shoot the photo. You should see your aperature and your shutterspeed and maybe your ISO in your viewfinder at the bottom.
    • Any particular camera bags that you all are in love with? I was so excited to get the camera I couldn't be bothered with looking at all the different kinds of bags, but obviously I need one!
    • I got a bag, but I am not happy with it, so I am not the person to ask here. I know there are TONS of options out there though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadieruth View Post
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    you should be aware of your settings BEFORE you shoot the photo.
    lol. got it and have managed to figure out how to do this. I even managed to learn how to set my function button to adjust my ISO instead of going into the menu. Now it's just figuring out what setting to use when!!!
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    Do I have to take the lens off of the camera when I put it away? Or can I keep it together?
    I asked the same question when I got my camera, the consesus was that it was OK to leave the lens on.

    What format should I choose for the images? (raw, jpeg etc)
    I've heard Raw is the best it allows you to modify and touch up pictures far easier. I persoanlly use jpg cause it's a nice size of file. It's really a personal choice.

    I'm installing View NX2 that came with the camera, is that what I will edit pictures with?
    Is there something else I shoudl be using? (free or low cost options pls)
    I'm not sure if that software will do the trick, so can't really say if it's any good for editing. I use Gimp, it's free just do a google search for it and you'll find it.

    How do I know what settings I used to shoot the picture in? (so that I can figure out what the heck I did when I got it right!)
    Right click the picture, click on properties, click on details. yes it's that simple.

    Any particular camera bags that you all are in love with? I was so excited to get the camera
    I couldn't be bothered with looking at all the different kinds of bags, but obviously I need one!
    DH and I just got a very basic bag, it's by Golla Lifestyle, not over happy since the zipper pull broke on one of the zippers and the bag isn't even a year old. I think next time we pick up a bag I may go with a back pack style one so we can leave our hands free, but we'll see when the time comes.


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