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Old 02-07-2018, 10:36 AM   #2801
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DrRoy, I noticed a huge difference when I bought a Dell IPS 24" display several years ago. Not only did it make a big difference in photo processing, but even web browsing and simply writing was a lot easier on the eyes because of the sharper clarity. And color calibrating helps too, when we order stuff online we don't see a color difference between what we saw on the screen and what actually arrives.
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Old 02-07-2018, 10:57 AM   #2802
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DrRoy, I noticed a huge difference when I bought a Dell IPS 24" display several years ago. Not only did it make a big difference in photo processing, but even web browsing and simply writing was a lot easier on the eyes because of the sharper clarity. And color calibrating helps too, when we order stuff online we don't see a color difference between what we saw on the screen and what actually arrives.
Definitely, what you see when you are processing is most important. I have two EIZO monitors (Premium Computer Displays and LCD Monitors | EIZO USA) and a Spyder 5 for calibration (Datacolor Spyder5 Family). What I see on the monitor is exactly what I see in the print with an Epson SP Pro 3880 (https://epson.com/For-Work/Printers/...r/p/CA61201-VM) -- discontinued and replaced by the P800 (https://epson.com/For-Work/Printers/...ter/p/SCP800SE).
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:17 PM   #2803
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Those photos are spectacular! You have quite the eye. What type of camera do you use? I recently got into the Sony mirrorless. Do you store your photos on the new computer? Thanks for the update!
I mostly shoot with a Canon 6D/Canon 16-35 F4. I also have a Nikon D7200/Nikon 18-200. I back up photos to a Seagate 4T HDD.
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Love looking at everyone else's photos but rarely have something to share. I was out last night experimenting with the astrophotography rig. After processing today, looks like it's worth sharing.
Very nice, I use a video camera in my telescope as well since the eyes don't work so well anymore. Nice job on Orion.
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Very nice, I use a video camera in my telescope as well since the eyes don't work so well anymore. Nice job on Orion.
I've been using a video camera for "live" viewing and some captures. DW is so excited that SHE can actually see the things that I've been looking at for years. I think that video really has been a game changer for amateur astronomy - more so than CCD cameras/DSLR. However, the video approach just doesn't provide the same quality final product for deep sky photography as DSLR (at least not at my level of investment), but it sure is fun on nights that I just want to go on a tour of the sky. The video approach can also yield some exquisite planetary images when stacking several hundred images.
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I just found this thread. Photography is a great hobby. These are some pictures I took in 1977. I was 18 then. I started photography and cinematography (super 8) at age 11. The camera was an Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR. The shooting and work flow was a lot different in those days. It was pretty primitive compared to what can be accomplished today.
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Took this shot in Las Vegas a few days ago.
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Took this shot in Las Vegas a few days ago.
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Here are some I took last summer at about 6100 feet elevation in Switzerland. My wife and I hiked to the peak of Dent de Jaman near Montreux. The last 1200 feet was almost vertical. It was easier going up than coming down but it keeps us in shape. But the views from up there were mezmorizing.

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Looking for ideas on what photo viewing/editing software you folks use. Trying to get a little more serious about the photography hobby with FIRE quickly approaching.
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I use Lightroom and Photoshop, but I started with Photoshop Elements and many people find Elements is sufficient for their needs. There are a lot more books on Lightroom and Photoshop but the interface for all three is very similar so once you've learned Elements you won't have any trouble with the other two.

I like Scott Kelby's books and highly recommend him, although his books are not the cheapest. https://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Ele...40_&dpSrc=srch
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Looking for ideas on what photo viewing/editing software you folks use. Trying to get a little more serious about the photography hobby with FIRE quickly approaching.
I am, almost exclusively, using Lightroom with my images... almost in that I sometimes add Photoshop to the workflow. Lightroom does so much to keep things organized... from Post Processing to Metadata, Folders, Searches, Keywords, Mapping, Slideshows, Printing, etc. No other program does all this. Well, not exactly true (On1 and a few others come close) but I am too old to learn new tricks it seems.
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I use Lightroom and a very little bit of photoshop in a creative cloud subscription. Lightroom primarily for organizing photos with a little bit of editing. I need to get up to speed with photoshop. Also use the nik collection - mainly silver Efex pro for further editing. Also use snapseed and darkroom for editing iPhone photos.
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Thanks for the feedback. I was hunting around on amazon and found lightroom 6 for sale @$149. Is this a decent version?

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Thanks for the feedback. I was hunting around on amazon and found lightroom 6 for sale @$149. Is this a decent version?

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I think (but am not sure) that is the latest version you can buy outright. Anything later requires the subscription model, which costs $9.99/month for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC.

Yes, it is a decent version. Later ones do have some more enhancements but they're more evolutionary than revolutionary.
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I'm not sure I'm ready for the subscription model yet for my software. I did see the CC version listed.
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I have used PS Elements for years. Don’t want to pay monthly and have not seen arguments that push me to add Lightroom.
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I'm not sure I'm ready for the subscription model yet for my software. I did see the CC version listed.
In that case I'd suggest starting with Elements and get Kelby's book on it. Or at least one of the other books. There is a learning curve that can be steep if you're just starting out. We also took a local community college 4-week class in Elements. That did help a lot. Some of it still seems somewhat magical to me.

Lightroom and Photoshop did have a 30-day free trial and probably still does, but that's not really enough time to learn the software. It will give you a good idea of what it's capable of though.

Another point: If you buy and register Elements, Adobe will send you discounts on the purchased versions of Photoshop and maybe Lightroom. Or at least they did, but the CC versions were not out at that time.
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I'm not sure I'm ready for the subscription model yet for my software. I did see the CC version listed.
FWIW, I have used Photoshop for about twenty years and Lightroom for maybe ten. I have been a "subscription" kind of guy for maybe five years. For me, one who upgraded each version, the subscription model has cost considerably less than before... and I always have the newest innovations.
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