"Originally Posted by carregwen:
I know CS5 is a big outlay, but consider it an investment. You might be happy to pay £600 for a new lens, so why pull back at spending the same on a processing system that will do everything?
Reply by Colin:
I agree. I think the same logic needs to be applied to training too; so many will spend thousands on equipment, but won't invest hundreds in learning how to use it.
The above is an extract from a thread on DxO optics, which made me think (a) what did I spend on my kit and (b) how much would it cost to significantly upgrade it and to what effect
Item costs in GBP
Nikon D80 with 18-135 kit lens £400 2nd hand as new condition
Nikkor 80-400VR tele lens £830 direct import 1 year guarantee
Canon 500D 77mm close up ring £ 100 poor mans macro
Lowepro holster bag £ 30 can carry up mountains
sub-total camera etc £1360
Nikon Capture NX2 £130
(DxO optics for non- Nikon cameras) £100 current Amazon price, I paid about £70
Supplementary prog for a few things not in NX2 £60 eg GraphicConverter (mac) or PSE4/5 ebay
sub total software £290
MacBook pro 15” (1440x900) £900 2nd hand as new condition
extra RAM to fill 4GB £90
subtotal computer £990
To improve on that lot:
Nikon D7000 £930 - increase 10MP to 16MP better high ISO, same size extra 100g
Nikkor 17-55 VR £1000 professional standard
Nikkor 70-200 VRII £1600 professional standard & much faster than 80-400VR
2x converter £230
camera etc sub-total £3760
CS4 £200-600 ebay buy now - I don't think this gains ANY improvement on photographic work except possible blending and stitching which I don't find necessary but can 'work-around' with what I have
CS5 £550-650 amazon UK - i assume this is full 64bit, but have all your plug-ins caught up with 64 bit, cos if not you have to operate it in 32 bit mode anyway
I am a basic rate pensioner so anything like this comes out of savings & is also removed from pool for the 1001 important charities I would like to support. So an extra £4000± to upgrade my pics say 5% would be madness. I can already print A3, win some club comps and sell a few. I think all my kit is still available for anyone else wanting a 'budget bag'.
As far as spending on training is concerned, my budget has always been zero. This included learning Microstation 3D computer aided design with 8 windows/file and even more tools than PS. No training fee as it came with carefully designed tutorials which take you through 90% of common operations quite quickly and online hypertext version of the manuals (about 800 pages) with auto-tracking each time a new tool is opened in window 9 with all tools still 100% functional, not like a web tutorial. I was also able to learn the competitor Archicad in about 3 weeks.
There is no excuse for making something as simple and intuitive as photo editing any more difficult to learn & the spadework of 'how to' supply built-in training has already been done