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Old Jun 21, 2006, 7:53 PM   #11
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everyone has summed it up, especially the advice about a graphics card. no photo processing program that i know of uses a graphics card for processing photos. as BK said, you'll need hd space and lots of dram memory or it's equivalent. i'm using a amd64, 3200, and 756m of memory. i really need twice the memory.

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Old Jun 21, 2006, 8:10 PM   #12
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Welcome to the forum! Regarding the PC darkroom, I tend to shoot in RAW and JPEG using the same memory card. I use Picasa (free from Google) which can open and edit both types of images without any change in settings. Typically a RAW editor will not recognize JPEG images and vice versa. Overall, Picasa is very intuitive and user friendly andvery versatile. Jay
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 10:23 PM   #13
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Thanks for all your feedback. very, very helpful. looking forward to posting some pics but got to admit fill a bit intimidated after looking at all your work.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 10:33 PM   #14
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oh crap!!!
we scared another one off.. gawd, another sleepless night!!!:G LOL,
looking forward to your images 'bowenp'. have you a name?????

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I feel the same way - thesefolks are excellent photographers. However, I've been studying their work and am getting better. Hang in there, and remember - all this is fun!
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 12:30 AM   #16
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Yea name: Bowen Phelps.

I will post, but give me a little time. My current skills are very weak. Take lots of Kodak moments perfect for the family and those that love us but, not so great from an art perspective.
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 11:02 AM   #17
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Bowenp, as I have mentioned previously here... if you don't have a card reader or a computer that will except any type of memory cards, purchase a SanDisk SD Ultra II Plus. The card can be folded over and it becomes a USB plug in. I got a 512meg at TigerDirect.com for $37.00 plus shipping... the 1 Gig is just a few bucks more and it is a lot better then using your camera to download and edit. JMHO:-)
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 11:21 AM   #18
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As for the graphics card, if you are using a Mac a faster card will make Apples program Aperture run much, much faster with a better graphics card, since it does so much image processing all the time.

I realize this was a PC question, but just a bit of info in case anyone is interested.

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I'm a new DL owner as well, moving up from the venerable Canon G2.

As far as software goes, the free and open source Gimp is a decent Photoshop alternative. A bit of a learning curve, but fairly intuitive with plenty of web help to get one going. Gimp will also work with Pentax raw files with the UFRaw program/plugin.

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