Pretty much any picture that you see on the internet has been put through post production. I shoot my photos in a RAW format, which means they usually come out bland and uninteresting (like 'raw' meat), and they still need to be "cooked" in post production.
If you shoot in JPEG, then the camera will apply it's own form of post processing, which is fine but I prefer to do my own.
As far as recommending a DSLR, I am a hard core Nikon fan. I believe that their camera's are physically better looking and simpler to use, Canon's have a million "unnecessary" buttons. But it's kinda like Mac vs PC, Nikon Being the Mac.
I have a Nikon D90, Which so far, has been awesome! It's the first DSLR to shoot HD Video, although it's a secondary feature it does it quite well. You can get Nikon DSLR's for as cheap as $400 (D40), but the problem with that is there is no autofocus motor in the camera, and you will have to buy more expensive lenses that contain the AF motor in itself. I would recommend anything from the D80 and up. I actually think they just retired the D80, you can still get them used in about the $700+ range. My camera was $1400 when I bought it, You can get it for $1155 now. For the Movie feature is a big plus, and if you are starting a family then it may be beneficial to you as well. Check out some of
videos that he shot with the D90. Pretty Amazing, huh? Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks for the details and links. I had a feeling you'd recommend the D90, and that's what I'm aiming for.
And please don't think I'm judging you by asking about the post-production. I work in audio and spend entire days tuning vocals and editing rhythm sections for timing. I know how it goes. If the source is crap, no amount of post will save it. Much respect for quality output!
Also, be careful buying a camera online, as there are many fakes/non-warranty scams out there... especially from "shops" in NY.
You would be better off going to Ritz/Wolf/etc. and getting a camera at an actual store in case there were any problems. You may pay a bit more, but you will thank yourself later should any problems arise.
Yeah, RAW is pretty much useless to people who do not intend on doing any PP, as the file extension is .NEF, Myspace doesn't recognize that (sarcasm). The nice thing about the D90 is you can set it up so that it takes a RAW and a JPEG at the same time, just incase you find a picture you want to do some PP to yourself. But its nice to have JPEG for quick snapshots, just for the ease of uploading to third party sites. RAW's are typically about 10 megabytes each, so they take up space...QUICK!
The nice thing about the D90 is you can set it up so that it takes a RAW and a JPEG at the same time, just incase you find a picture you want to do some PP to yourself. But its nice to have JPEG for quick snapshots, just for the ease of uploading to third party sites. RAW's are typically about 10 megabytes each, so they take up space...QUICK!
I'll also go on record stating my wife does 90% of our post. She's quite adept at cleaning up and uploading our photos to Kodak. Red-eyes, zits, bad backgrounds... gone. Our friends love our compilations. Again, kudos to the post team.
+1 on the D90 recommendation. I just upgraded from an old Olympus E-1 and it's amazing. One thing you'll enjoy about DSLR is the lack of red eye. My Canon point and shoot is a red eye magnet. Portable and takes great photos, but very susceptible to red eye.
I got mine from B&H. Get yourself a filter to protect your lens.