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Jan 5, 2022 08:38:23   #
Sue67 Loc: Uk
 
Hi everyone , I have a d500 Nikon camera bought a few years ago with a few lenses, I would really love to master it. I am going to get a new computer mainly for photography - any suggestions welcome, also can anyone suggest a good processing easy to use program - not photoshop . Looking forward to being a member of this forum.

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Jan 5, 2022 08:47:38   #
Toment Loc: FL, IL
 
Welcome, you will Lear a lot here.

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Jan 5, 2022 08:57:32   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
Welcome. The new M1 macs are good for photo processing. Lightroom seems pretty easy to use & a lot of features &, a lot of video tutorials. Although I haven't used them, (watched videos) Topaz Studio2 or Luminar if you're looking for something simpler or more automated.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:00:20   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
First, make sure you’re computer savvy. Second, I would recommend Photoshop Elements for editing, about $70, no subscription, easy to learn.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:00:41   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Welcome to the forum.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:06:14   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Welcome to UHH, Sue. Looks like you have a good start. Without knowing your budget limitations, it is very difficult to recommend a computer. I personally lean towards a 27" iMac with 32G of RAM.
--Bob
Sue67 wrote:
Hi everyone , I have a d500 Nikon camera bought a few years ago with a few lenses, I would really love to master it. I am going to get a new computer mainly for photography - any suggestions welcome, also can anyone suggest a good processing easy to use program - not photoshop . Looking forward to being a member of this forum.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:10:22   #
Gabyto
 
Sue67 wrote:
Hi everyone , I have a d500 Nikon camera bought a few years ago with a few lenses, I would really love to master it. I am going to get a new computer mainly for photography - any suggestions welcome, also can anyone suggest a good processing easy to use program - not photoshop . Looking forward to being a member of this forum.


I have this camera plus the 200-500 lens and is the perfect combination for wildlife.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxbDFYxGHkM

Check this guy very good and plenty tips for the D500. I followed him to help me master the D500. Welcome to the forum.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:17:56   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
I suppose it depends on one's processing requirements for the computer.

Me, I just get one (Windows) with a bunch of memory and a large hard drive, of the shelf. (but not $200)
My two are about ten years old..... They work well for me.

But some here will have no problem spending your money for the super best stuff,
in their opinion, for their desires.

I don't get caught up with super neato, gee-whiz-bang stuff, or the need for speed,
and have been programming/working with computers since 1972.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:22:01   #
RoswellAlien
 
Welcome.
Have D500, several lenses that cover my needs, a 2020 Mac Book Pro (pre M1) w/ 16 gigs and 21” external monitor, use PS Essentials and Nikon’s freeby processor. This does it for me.
Again, welcome and enjoy the ride.

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Jan 5, 2022 09:23:41   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
gvarner wrote:
First, make sure you’re computer savvy. Second, I would recommend Photoshop Elements for editing, about $70, no subscription, easy to learn.


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Jan 5, 2022 09:30:41   #
jpwa Loc: Inland NorthWest
 
Not sure how much photo editing you want to do but you can download NX Studio from the Nikon website and it's free. You can learn how to use it with youtube videos.
https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/software/

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Jan 5, 2022 10:37:43   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Red Wing, MN
 
Welcome to UHH Sue.

I use Elements as well

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Jan 5, 2022 11:01:32   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Welcome. Post and have fun. Lots of info here and on the web. I like On1 for processing my images. You might want to look at Steve Perry's ebooks and videos. He is a member here.

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Jan 5, 2022 13:55:45   #
Blenheim Orange Loc: Michigan
 
jpwa wrote:
Not sure how much photo editing you want to do but you can download NX Studio from the Nikon website and it's free. You can learn how to use it with youtube videos.
https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/software/


There is a good review of NX Studio here:

https://reviews.andychuaphotography.com/nx-studio-review/

There must be some Nikon folks here who use this software.

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Jan 5, 2022 15:26:47   #
Sue67 Loc: Uk
 
Thank you everyone, lots to ponder over .

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