Weekly Photo Challenge: New (ly) in love!

Weekly Photo Challenge: New (ly) in love!

Weekly Photo Challenge: New

This weeks photo challenge from WordPress is New, and I would like to announce that I am awestruck, so in love!

YUP, this is my gossip, I finally got a DSLR, wohhooo, I am so awestruck I have only just opened it since getting it at Christmas. Β Not because I didn’t appreciate it, simply because yus I was a little frightened, now I have this amazing thing to learn how to use, but I am very, very excited.

I am also trialling the Corel Paintshop Pro X7 which I uploaded today, this is my first experiment with it.

So I present to you here my very new, shiny, brand spanking new:-

Nikon D3300 Double Zoom Kit

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

So watch this space!

I have already found a days photography course at our local Wetlands Centre which I am going to ring up about tomorrow, so very excited indeedy.

I would also like to thank Cardinal Guzman who very kindly donated to anyone who wishes to use, a selection of fabulous images he made for the Weekly Photo Challenge insignia which is on my featured images, if you want to see the whole selection please click here – Cardinal Guzman

Also my tea-time extravaganza is this Tuesday coming, if you fancy joining me on this fun Tea Party blog hop make sure to pop by my blog then, if you wish to find out more about it, please click here – Tea Time with Justine.

PS you don’t have to be a wonderful cook to participate it can be photography, poetry, anything really one might bring to ‘Tea’

I would love to know what photo editing software and filing/storage system you use, and have used, and what your opinions are of them as I am in the process of trialling and trying to decide what to use.

Thank you for reading, Justine xxx

Β© Justine Nagaur



  67 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: New (ly) in love!

  1. January 4, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Filing system? What filing system?! Where’s the fun if you’re not feverishly trawling through mountains of folders listed by date that you don’t have a clue what they contain?! It’s all part of the fun and mystery lol πŸ˜‰ xx

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    • January 4, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      omg you sound like me lol, it’s driving me nuts!!!

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      • January 4, 2015 at 6:11 PM

        It would take days and days of effort to label all of them and designate them to folders and then I reckon I’d STILL have trouble finding them lol xx

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        • January 4, 2015 at 6:14 PM

          yes well me too, most are on an external drive now after my computer got wiped, so a sort of manageable amount now, x

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  2. January 4, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Congrats on the new camera. I aspire to get a Nikon DSLR, I also want a macro lens. The photography course should be great.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      ah yes the ultimate lens the macro hehe, yes me too, something i shall work up to and thank you πŸ™‚ Lots of studying to do hehe xx


  3. January 4, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Congrats on the new toy. You are going to have so much fun! Wise idea, taking a course. It will help speed up the learning curve by leaps and bounds.
    Looking forward to seeing your part of the world through your new lenses πŸ™‚

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    • January 4, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      thank you i am so excited about it πŸ™‚ I look forward to showing you some of my snaps, thank you for popping by, what do you use?

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      • January 4, 2015 at 7:10 PM

        I have a Nikon as well. An older D60 (10mp) that I bought in 2009 – ancient by today’s standards but it still serves me well.

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        • January 4, 2015 at 8:06 PM

          Yes ive heard many people with older Nikons with good things to say so i think that swayed me a lot

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    • January 5, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      ah the photography course is booked, not surprising really and next one in March we are away, but I will find one somewhere or somehow lol x

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  4. January 4, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Beautiful camera! One of these days… I use picmonkey now. As for filing, there is dropbox–oh the endless scrolling. πŸ™‚

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    • January 5, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      ah yes i like picmonkey and i just save on to my computer in to folders at present, getting a bit tidier than i was hehe xx

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  5. January 4, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Nice! I have the D7100 and love it. I use Lightroom and Photoshop CC. You can get both programs for $10 a month from Adobe. I don’t know what it would be in Britain however. But since I shoot RAW, they are the best programs. Lots to learn with a new camera. Take it off of what I call Dummy Mode, as soon as possible and start learning to shoot. Best of luck and have fun!

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    • January 5, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      Yes I think lightroom etc is around that price here. I loved the editing on lightroom but found the filing way over my head, i did find it confusing but prob need to spend more time on it, but my trial ran out before I had time to do so with everything being crazy during Xmas. I am trialling Corel right now so will enjoy the editing there and spend a bit more time before making the final decision. I will make a note about the dummy mode for sure, currently reading up on some photography thingsi found on an app which is quite good, the photography course i wanted is booked which is a bummer so shall have to find another xxx


  6. January 4, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    I got a nikon too, im still reading the manual, i little scared to start! I’ll check the tea party, since i love tea, you can see by my blog’s name!πŸ˜‰

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    • January 4, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Hah great i look forward to seeing you there hehe at the tea party thats fab πŸ™‚ did you get the same Nikon and deal? X


  7. January 4, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Congrats on the new toy, use it in good health 😊. I’m a Nikon shooter myself, I have 2 D300s with a full suite of fabulous lenses which are actually more important than the camera! The best advice I can give you as a professional is you DEFINITELY want to have a good filing system. The more you shoot the more you’ll need it. I’d recommend Lightroom for several reasons. It’s the most popular so there are lots of tutorials, it’s not in danger of being phased out (like Aperture is), and it’s very nicely integrated with Photoshop. You might think about a class on it also. Good luck!!

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      ah thank you for your good advice. I did trial lightroom but at the wrong time of year, ie Christmas, so didn’t get much time to set aside for it. I loved the editing side but the filing went way over my head, i found it terribly confusing and ended up losing photos etc etc… It would be great to have an ‘actual’ lesson in person on it lol, rather than trying to do it through you tube, i did try that for a couple of hours. Currently I file on my computer in folders and am learning to be more organized ie actually dating them and labels etc, before it was totally ad hoc and i learn’t my lesson when my hard drive went on my computer and i lost some pics. I am trialling corel photoshop X7 at the mo, just started yesterday, I know its only editing for them, unlike lightroom, so lots to consider πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your help too xx


    • January 5, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      ps just followed you, fab photos and yes I aim one day to have a nice collection like you once i have earned it skillwise hehe x


  8. January 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    I felt just like you when I got my new Camera last year. Happy photographing !

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  9. January 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Wow Justine! That fancy camera of yours looks awesome! I bet you and the camera are going to have so much fun together! πŸ˜€ oh and count me in for teatime! Xxx

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      oh yay great, so glad you are coming to tea, can’t wait. Just currenty trying to finish my post for it, is seeming to be like a snail today lol. I am excited yet nervous about the camera lol, currently doing a tutorial from an app, its already confusing me, i realized idon’t even use much on my automatic camera as i should x

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      • January 5, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        I know I don’t use all the things either :O there’s just so much!
        I’m already looking forward to your tea time! My post is almost finished ^^ x

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  10. January 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    I just got my first DSLR too and its also a nikon d3300!! πŸ™‚ have fun learning! πŸ™‚ I’m still looking for a class near me

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      oh yay we must keep in touch and compare notes. I would like to do a course but the one locally i foudn out today is booked up. I havn’t opened the instructions yet…oops I need to. Currently doing an online app tutorial course for basic info as i really have no kowledge whatsoever xxx


  11. January 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Woo hoo!! How exciting!! Congrats, you will love it. I am addicted to my camera and take it everywhere.
    As you know, i use Lightroom for editing and storage. I have over 22,000 pgotos all stored on a 4TB cloud drive. When i import the photos into LR, they go into folders arranged by month. I then export the edited photos to separate folders.
    I want to do a LR class sometime soon. X

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      oh yes i am excited and nervous lol. The course i wanted to do is booked up which is a shame, the next one we are away for so i shall have to see if there is something else around. Wow that is a lot of photos. So you use icloud for storage or how do you do it? You duplicate your storage on lightroom and off lightroom then too? xx

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      • January 5, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        I have a Western Digital Cloud Drive. It’s just an external hard drive with wifi. You plug it into your modem so that you can access it from multiple devices. My MacBookPro hard drive is too small for all my photos so I was forced to get organised.
        When I import photos off my camera, I import them straight into Lightroom which stores them on my cloud drive (in that month’s folder). Lightroom has a single library file on my Mac hard drive – this file keeps track of where all the photos are stored.
        Good point about duplication, I need to make sure I’ve backed everything up. What a disaster that would be!!

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        • January 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

          wow, that went over my head the Western Digital Cloud Drive, but it sounds good, wow you are sooo mega organized.

          It sounds really good though, being able to access it anywhere, makes total sense, I had not heard of it so maybe i should look it up.

          OMG thats amazing your camera downloads staright in to lightroom then in to the relevant month on your cloud, did that take up alot of setting up to do? I am so non techy, i don’t think I would know where to start.

          Gosh I just went cross eyed haha xx

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  12. January 4, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Okay, I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t know what DLSR stands for (other than the initals of my name lol) Diane, Linda, Susan R….. Diane

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      actually i dont either but ssshhh please dont tell anyone hehe xx


      • January 5, 2015 at 3:41 PM

        lol Well whatever it is, it sounds like you’re excited at having it… Diane

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        • January 5, 2015 at 6:11 PM

          I am..and it stands for digital something, lens something lol, i forgot already haha


  13. January 5, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Ooooh,nice! Congrats on your new camera – and what a camera! You’re going to have lots of fun, I can tell! Looking forward to your new adventures, Justine πŸ˜€ See you at tea.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      Oh i am excited, very excited. It has made me play more with my existing one and be braver lol, its like the calm before the storm hehe x

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  14. January 5, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Congrats on your new camera. I’m excited for you and can’t wait until you post some photos. My plan is to purchase a DLSR camera but am on information overload right now. Blessings.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      yes i think i am too, i tend to take on too much already breaking my resolution to pace, I need to scribble pace on a wall somewhere i look at regularly to remind myself x


  15. NotAPunkRocker
    January 5, 2015 at 2:23 AM

    Nice! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, you already do excellent photography without the cool camera! πŸ™‚

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      awe what a lovely thing to say…beams with delight ❀


  16. January 5, 2015 at 3:39 AM

    Cool! I got a dSLR a few years ago and used it for a while but never took the time to really learn it – then the iPhone and all its photo editing apps replaced it for me! I’ve been thinking of getting it out of my closet and seeing what it can do though… maybe you will inspire me!

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      ah yes the iPhone is addictive and its apps i use up all my storage on them hehe. Maybe you should get it out and come play with me x


  17. January 5, 2015 at 3:40 AM

    Congrats on the camera; lucky you. You’re going to love it. As far as editing software is concerned I use Photoshop Elements almost exclusively. Good luck and happy shooting πŸ™‚

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      Oh i dont know that one, is that Corel Photoshop? I must look that up. And thank you on the congrats πŸ˜‰ I am excited xx


  18. January 5, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    New camera! Hurrah! πŸ˜€

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  19. January 5, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Congrats Justine!! Look forward to your awesome pics πŸ˜€

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  20. January 5, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Ooooh really exciting…sadly a bit of my camera keeps dropping off but it hasn’t seemed to affect it! (Well I don’t think it has!!) Looking forward to your photos. BTW I found a 1:1 course was really good and most helpful. Happy New Year! xx

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    • January 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

      did the birds peck it off in rebellion at you snapping them all the time? hehe…glad it hasn’t affected it that would be dire. Unforrunately the course I found is booked, won’t be open again for some months, which is a bummer, i am on a waiting list incase anyone cancels x


      • January 6, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        Oh is it a long course? x

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        • January 7, 2015 at 12:16 PM

          the app course? That has loads of sections, quite a bit to go through the course at the Wetlands was just a day you would have loved it, tonnes of birds hehe


  21. January 5, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Congratulations and it’s a Nikon – great choice!

    I have 79,000 images in my main library in Aperture 3, dreading the point later this year when Apple abandon my favourite app. I also have a sub to Adobe Creative Cloud so use Photoshop cc. And I have the Nik (now Google) suite of filters including wonders such as Color Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro.

    And the best part, my Mac Book Pro which although heading towards five years old now is the best laptop I have ever owned

    And don’t even ask about my camera(s) or I will bore you and your readers to death….

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    • January 6, 2015 at 9:40 AM

      Oh go on please do share all your cameras with us as I am sure you have a few.

      Wow 79,000 images..omg…faints.

      Now what is a sub, sorry I just don’t know all this technical language, I guess I will get it in the end.

      So photoshop is just an editing extention that adobe makes, not a filing system right?

      The google filters are something you pay for I guess that only works with Adobe?

      I don’t have a Mac but wish I did πŸ™‚

      At the moment I just file my photos on my pics section on my computer but finally am labelling and dating them which I wasn’t doing before. xx

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      • January 6, 2015 at 6:09 PM

        Well, ok. I have two cameras, my oldest being my trusty analogue Olympus OM10, currently sitting here with a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 inside it and looking at me and making me feel guilty for not cherishing it more. It was my first real camera and I love it, I had it refurbished when I lived in Belgrade and there are a few shots on the belgradestreets.com that were taken on real film.

        And I can still, remember how disdainful I was of digital some years ago…

        My “real” camera is my Nikon D700 with which I am also totally in love. It is the fourth Nikon I have owned. I had film based F65 and F80 and then exchanged them for a D70. The D70 survives but I should never have PX’d the F80 it was a wonderful camera.

        I also use my iPhone a lot.

        The sub is the subscription that I pay to Adobe so I can install all their products on my Mac, point at them and say look, and then hardly ever use them. As my life changes I may need to reconsider such heinous acts of profligacy.

        The Nik Google package I bought when they were not part of Google, I don’t know what the price is now, but I use them all the time, they are plugins that work with Aperture, Photoshop and Lightroom.

        Photoshop is an editor and also a creative painting tool, it doesn’t organise but is linked to Abode Bridge which does,bt I don’t like it.

        I use Aperture to organise, label etc…and sometimes I organise well and other times not so.

        Hope that covers it all πŸ™‚

        Time for a glass of wine now.

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        • January 7, 2015 at 12:10 PM

          wow I think you deserve a glass of wine after all that hehe.

          i was clearing out a big old desk the other day and found the bottom drawer full of old cameras, video recording machines etc etc, its a shame we don’t use them anymore.

          I read a great article which i must post the other day on the first camera which was just a box, some people apparently still use them to this day ;D

          I am trialling corel at the moment and actually really enjoying it, it seems to be pretty comprehensive, still yet to work my way through it xx

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