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We all came to RetouchPro.com because we are interested in editing photos -- retouching new or old images, restoring damaged images, or creating painterly impressions from a photo.

Everything we do here starts with the photographic image.

The image came first. That is where my fascination still lies.
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Didn't ever buy the D7000, but did buy a second-hand D90 a few months ago and am happy that I did. It allows more custom settings than the D40, auto-focuses the 50mm lens I kept from film days, and delivers images that are at least as good as the D40. I can now bracket shots for HDR - but I haven't done any yet. (!!??) I helped the economy a little bit, but not as much as if I'd bought the D7000 -- which means I hurt my budget less! Now if I can just avoid buying one of those lenses that I keep drooling over...
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    Posted 11-07-2011 at 10:36 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    D7000 Review by Thom Hogan, noted Nikon authority.

    Excerpt:
    "Bottom line: the D7000 an excellent consumer camera. Nikon has upped the ante with the D7000 and produced a real winner. It's very hard not to like the camera, and it takes images that ought to be good enough for just about anyone."

    He writes about the photo forum fears about over-exposure and hot pixels - worth a read if you are considering, or bought the camera.
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    Posted 12-20-2010 at 10:15 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Doug - I'll be looking forward to hearing your opinion of the camera (I'm not getting it anytime soon ). There will be firmware upgrade very soon to address some complaints about hot pixels during video usage... if you ever use the video. Hope you love it. I'm waiting to see how some other expenses work out, and it there's money left next year - I'll consider it again.
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    Posted 12-03-2010 at 10:41 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Doug Nelson's Avatar

    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    I just got an email that my D7000 shipped today. I'd never heard of it before your blog post here. Thanks.
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    Posted 12-03-2010 at 07:10 PM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Janet, I love your enthusiastic reasoning for the upgrade, and will look into your suggestions re: the wrist brace and strap.

    Nancy, I love the retro styling - I have an old film rangefinder that I love just for its looks...
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    Posted 09-25-2010 at 01:35 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    I had quite a chuckle when I read these articles. Camera envy is not isolated to either of you. I admit to having it as well. Sigh!!! Always bigger, better, yada, yada, yada. Oh, and of course, more expensive. Again, sigh!

    On the other hand...

    We only live once. Having just upgraded my Canon for a bigger, better Canon, I can tell you that it was worth the upgrade. I can now crop without too much worry about image degradation, don't have to carry a movie camera as well as a regular camera, and when I need the extra ISO, it is there with better image quality. Did I NEED another camera? No, absolutely not. On the other hand, I'm only going to enjoy my hobby once. I might as well get the most out of it. I'm learning as well as having fun. I'm getting out and about (read-exercising ) and I'm socializing with others who share the same passions about pictures. Upgrading was a stretch for me. The camera is heavier and used to be more difficult to manage without a tripod until I hit upon a couple of helps. I went to the local Wal-Mart and bought a wrist brace, which helps me hold steadier. And I bought a camera strap that looks dorky but has taken all of the weight off my neck and allows me to walk without the camera flopping around on the strap and having to be held all the time.

    Go for it CJ. You won't regret having all of the bells and whistles. Your photography will be happier; you will learn more; you will experiment more; and you will expand your horizons.

    Janet
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    Posted 09-23-2010 at 08:59 AM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    Nasturtium's Avatar

    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Another busy week;

    this looks like a fun innovative idea;
    Fujifilm X100

    I'm currently lusting after a 4/3rds. This is a new one;

    Samsung NX100


    But I'm sure even if I got absolutely everything on my wish list, that something new would come out the next day. And besides it's takes me ages to learn how anything like this actually works.
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    Posted 09-22-2010 at 04:46 AM by Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
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    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Well i thought my fuji finepix s5800 would be it, etc but when i had a look around the new fuji's have more zoom so i got to thinking how that would get closer wildlife shots, also you can shoot in raw (which it seems lots are using) etc you know just trying to justify wanting a new camera lol
    for me i think the fuji's are as far as i want to go. and i still dont use it to its full capabilities
    I did look at other similar cameras but when i thought about it i like the fuji, so will continue to wish down that road ( and just noticed they are coming down in price, thank goodness for progress it sure brings the prices down when the next model comes out !)
    but still need to win the lottery and i didnt even come close this week as usual
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    Posted 09-19-2010 at 06:30 AM by palms palms is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Palms - what are you looking at in a new camera? We have the lottery here also, but I'm lousy at number choices...

    Well, I've pretty well talked myself out of saving for the D7000 (as yummy as it is) because of the cost, and the weight. It's not much heavier than the d90, but I have always thought the D90 was a bit too heavy for me. After reading about the D7000, I went to look at the D90 again, and it is really at the limit (or probably over the limit) of what I can easily hand-hold. My preference is hand-holding (at higher ISOs if necessary to reduce motion blur) rather than using my tripod whenever possible.
    The class I've been taking is showing me how much physical effort would be involved in on-location pet portraiture (I knew it, but actually working on assignments presses the point deep into my brain!), and reinforces my belief that hand-holding is necessary. There's always a chance that Nikon might upgrade the D5000 in ways that would meet my desires, and in a lighter body - so I'll wait until spring and see what happens next.
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    Posted 09-18-2010 at 04:28 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    Well C.J. it is nearly christmas lol
    oh and you are not on your own I too have spotted another camera ( not quite the same league mind you )
    Now all we need to do is win the lottery ( or the equivalent for you )
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    Posted 09-16-2010 at 01:46 PM by palms palms is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    My attention had been riveted on the Nikon, so I hadn't even heard about the Dell hybrid - that looks pretty cool, depending on how good the screen display works. I'm glad to see some innovation happening here in the U.S. Now I have to go search info on the Samsung...
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    Posted 09-16-2010 at 10:52 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

    This has been quite a week so far with the announcement of Dell's 10" hybrid and Samsung's NX100, and now this. :-)
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    Posted 09-16-2010 at 12:33 AM by Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
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    Color perception - interesting illusion

    Thank you, OB !! I think I fixed it now. I think that the original link probably worked for a while until Mr. Nack added more entries - which might explain why no one complained about the wrong link - no one was looking at it after the first few days.
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    Posted 09-15-2010 at 12:57 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Adobe Camera Raw does even more than I knew

    Lightroom is based on ACR, just a nicer UI. For those who missed my class with Lightroom during one of my RetouchPro Webinars look it up. ACR and LR have come a long way towards realizing their own workflows and each offers quite astonishing local area corrections as well. The benefit of these being that they can all be undone at any point as they are related to recorded brushstrokes.

    Glad to see you diving into ACR Janet!

    Chris
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    Posted 08-26-2010 at 07:36 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    Color perception - interesting illusion

    I am suprised no one else has mentioned that the link is wrong...and you get a page not found error....
    there is an A_ missing after the 12/... the right address is...:
    http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/12..._illusion.html
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    Posted 08-24-2010 at 03:31 PM by 0lBaldy 0lBaldy is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Adobe Camera Raw does even more than I knew

    Lightroom has most of the same features as Camera Raw in Bridge, and many people will be able to process their images without ever having to use Photoshop. As I understand it, global corrections and adjustments can and probably should be done in Camera Raw/Lightroom while adjustments that affect particular areas of an image still benefit from Photoshop. I am still learning to use the adjustment brush and graduated filter tools to their fullest, but it feels less strange to stay in ACR rather than immediately opening Photoshop after only a bit of noise reduction/brightening etc.

    Boneappetit, you call ACR user friendly - which is a very good thing, and that probably will be a big reason for people to want to work with it instead of having to learn all of Photoshop just to "develop" their photos.
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    Posted 08-03-2010 at 10:49 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Adobe Camera Raw does even more than I knew

    Real nice tutorial for anyone who don't know how to start working with Camera Raw. CR is a great tool, and very user friendly, for people like myself who don't know much about adjustment layers and color correction, or anyone that uses Ps, Thanx for the link.
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    Posted 07-28-2010 at 03:15 PM by Boneappetit Boneappetit is offline
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    Adobe Camera Raw does even more than I knew

    I keep finding 'new' old stuff as I watch the tutorials on Lynda.com. And when I was showing a friend a few things in PS I found out there is a 'duplicate' button on the history palette! How useful is that? Waaaaay useful to me.

    I think ACR has so much functionality as a sort of bleed over from the Lightroom version. Sometimes it's hard to decide where you're going to do what.

    In ACR it's going to save me heaps of time to save from there and never even open up PS. I'm a bit confused on the snapshots menu though...managing all my variations and combining bits of them for the final image...and managing all the different version for web..print..etc. Anyway the clearer it is in my head the more organized my workflow can be.
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    Posted 06-12-2010 at 12:32 AM by Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Photojojo, Horst on Flickr, & creating connections

    mjimages - do you have any examples of yours to add?
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    Posted 11-30-2008 at 12:10 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Photojojo, Horst on Flickr, & creating connections

    Great idea, it shows you are a great lover of photography... I have been fascination with clouds and their formation for years....
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    Posted 11-29-2008 at 06:18 PM by mjimages mjimages is offline

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