Which would you choose?

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  1. mdith4him

    mdith4him TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone!

    I've been practicing with my camera for a few months now--really trying to focus on composition and getting interesting shots of everyday objects. I downloaded a trial version of Elements 8 for Macs and have been playing around with that, too. My trial is almost up and I found I can buy it for about $60 on ebay (instead of the $100ish retail price). I'm also interested in the 50mm f/1.8 II lens which goes for around $90 (cheapest I've found online, not counting ebay).

    For a beginning photographer, which do you think would be the best for me to get first? I can't afford both at the same time and it will probably take me another couple months to save up for whichever I don't get now. Anyway, just wondering what you all think :)

    Thanks!

    ~Meredith
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    the lens. PP takes a while to get the hang of, imo.
     
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    I would buy the lens first, as you can always work on the saved photos later in Elements.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    +1 A photo can always be edited later -but you can't always go back to take a shot if you miss it. Go for the glass and then the editing software.

    Also the CD that the camera came with should have a RAW processing software program on it should you delve into the world of RAW before getting and editing program

    Finally there is Gimp (google it :)) which is a freeware editingprogram. Its powerfull, but its user interface is not as refined as photoshops and thus whilst it can do a lot of stuff it can be a nightmare to navitage- but it would give you something to work with.
     
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    I would go with the glass too as the other posts mention. I use photoscape which is also freeware and gets the job done :)
     
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    +1 Glass, then PSE8
     
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    Definately the lens.
     
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    IMO the lens.....there is a lot of freeware software available: GMIP, Windowslive, etc which are really good.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies :) I guess I'll go ahead and get the lens since that seems to be the unanimous consensus! I played around with GIMP and the free software the camera came with, but Elements is a lot easier to understand and use. I can go back to the free stuff for awhile, though ;)
     
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    cnutco No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    +1 lens
     
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    I would also get the lens but I would look on ebay for software when you are ready to buy the software. If the software is unopened and it is cheap, I say buy it (one of the few things I buy on ebay). Apple has it's own version of photo software (think it's called Aperture). Gimp is difficult to use especially to a newbie, I've used photoscape and Picasa as well. When the time comes look for Adobe products but I've read that Corel is pretty good and I am playing around with Serif Photoplus X3 got it on Ebay for a great price (not sure if either works on Mac).
     

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