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Old Jul 14, 2003, 8:13 AM   #1
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I currently own a Olympus D-490, (which I have been advised to upgrade). I am interested in digital photography, and the use of photoshop (I currently have Photoshop 6), and need some basic pointers on both. What camera should I upgrade to? Do I need to upgrade to Photoshop 7?

I really dont want to start on the wrong foot, so I thought that this was the perfect place to start.

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Old Jul 16, 2003, 12:25 PM   #2
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Bigwigg, without a doubt, a digicam with a higher resolution (at least 4mp IMHO) will provide you with better quality pictures, but it's tough to make any suggestions without knowing your budget and your intended use of the camera.
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 4:13 AM   #3
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I'm sorry, I didn't really give you much to go on did I!

The budget that I have is around the 500-600 mark and the shots that I have taken so far are outdoor/countryside based, but I will primarily be looking at wildlife shots.

My D-490 has 2.1 MP......
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 1:39 PM   #4
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but I will primarily be looking at wildlife shots.
Then a long lens will be helpful. Consider the Oly C750uz with 10x optical.
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I really don't see a need to upgrade to photoshop 7. 7 only has a few more features than 6 and it costs more than many consumer digital cameras.
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Looking at PS6, it's going to take me forever to master it...
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Old Jul 21, 2003, 1:35 PM   #7
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IMHO, you need to upgrade when your current camera and current software won't do something you want to do. If you find yourself saying, "Gee, I wish I could print bigger prints," or "Darn, I wish I could set the shutter speed and aperture," or "Boy, I wish I could zoom in more on that nefarious warbler," then you probably need a new camera. If you want to do something with Photoshop that it won't do and the latest version does, upgrade.

Or, if like most of us, you just really want something new, that's fair, too.
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Looking at PS6, it's going to take me forever to master it...
I think that might be a slight underestimate. But you really don't have to master it, just figure out the bits that apply to photography.
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Thanks, I think that I can manage that..
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Old Jul 23, 2003, 7:03 AM   #10
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Only if you buy Photoshop 7 as a new customer. If your are ungrading from 6 , I think it cost me just over a 100 from Amazon. But I would advise you to stay with six. It will do any thing you will ever need. Most magazines carry articles and even CDs on how to use Photoshop.
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