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05/06/2018 08:22:24 PM · #1
I just bought the Nikon D3400 and I've been looking through a few websites and videos.

But, there are TONS of them. Could anyone recommend a couple of good articles or videos that will not overwhelm me?

Maybe even good book?

Thanx
Steve
05/06/2018 08:59:45 PM · #2
What software are you going to use...that's usually a good starting point...did you decide to go with the Adobe $10 pkg? It's totally worth every single cent!!!

I think you can still get NIK software for free...that's a top shelf pkg as well...
05/06/2018 09:46:59 PM · #3
I have to give the $10 a month at least a try.

I'm talking more about the camera and dp as a whole

BTW, since the program now use the cloud are there any minimum computer requirements?

Message edited by author 2018-05-06 21:57:41.
05/06/2018 11:51:42 PM · #4
I would have to say the best way is to get involved as much as time allows...comment, enter and vote. It wasn’t until I got really involved trying to enter as offen as I could that I really got a better feel for what the voters were looking for. Remember that changes as the active group revolves....we are hardly getting votes these days so looking at the entries and deciding who met the challenge the best...then go back and comment. This is where I grew the most. Once I started to put words to what I was seeing, liking or not liking (politely)...that was when I started to emulate what I liked best.

Connect or reconnect with some members that will give you their honest critiques about your entries. Thick skin really helps in this area!!! Lol

As for your camera...use it!!! Start playing around with your f/stops, speed, light, macro. Go to your local gardens n take a boatload of pictures I donated mine to a local botanical garden. They used them for the “What’s Blooming” this month....I was able to “give back”, I got free access to the gardens (and clippings of the plants), they got good photos and I got to practice getting razor sharp macro photos!!! It was a win, win for everyone.
05/07/2018 09:12:25 AM · #5
Originally posted by shoff:

I have to give the $10 a month at least a try.

I'm talking more about the camera and dp as a whole

BTW, since the program now use the cloud are there any minimum computer requirements?


The cloud is used for storage but the processing still takes place locally, so yes, the computer still matters. That said, you don't need a monster machine. I run Lr Classic and Ps on a Lenovo Yoga 710 laptop, which has a lot of RAM but a slightly anemic processor (two-core i7). The important things in a computer are:
- Lots of RAM. 8GB minimum, 16GB is better if you are working on large, multi-layer projects.
- Fast storage. A solid state drive should be used for boot/apps/page file, rotating disk can still be used for bulk storage
- Discrete graphics; a GPU will accelerate both Ps and Lr
- A good decently calibrated monitor. Most good monitors are pretty well calibrated out of the box these days.
05/07/2018 09:48:46 AM · #6
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by shoff:

I have to give the $10 a month at least a try.

I'm talking more about the camera and dp as a whole

BTW, since the program now use the cloud are there any minimum computer requirements?


The cloud is used for storage but the processing still takes place locally, so yes, the computer still matters. That said, you don't need a monster machine. I run Lr Classic and Ps on a Lenovo Yoga 710 laptop, which has a lot of RAM but a slightly anemic processor (two-core i7). The important things in a computer are:
- Lots of RAM. 8GB minimum, 16GB is better if you are working on large, multi-layer projects.
- Fast storage. A solid state drive should be used for boot/apps/page file, rotating disk can still be used for bulk storage
- Discrete graphics; a GPU will accelerate both Ps and Lr
- A good decently calibrated monitor. Most good monitors are pretty well calibrated out of the box these days.


External Hard Drive!!! To keep the monster files off your HD!!!
05/07/2018 09:58:47 AM · #7
Free advice is the only kind I ever listen to, or give. It's a treat to follow your first steps back into photography. From me to you: there's more to photography than the technical details. I recommend that you read all the photographer interviews posted on this website. Then, ready or not, take a picture for the next free study & enter it. Vote on each entry & think of something to say in a comment for each one. After voting is over, post your entry in a thread & ask for comments. Next, read all the How I Did That threads posted on this site. Take a picture for the next Free study & enter it...& so on. Don't try to be perfect, just be you.
05/07/2018 04:44:46 PM · #8
Great advice.

Thanx everyone
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