Nikon 1 J1 vs. J2

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Posted 12/1/2012 by Jjmikrut143 in General Photography
 

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Posted: 12/1/2012 5:00:34 PM
I'm thinking about getting one but I'm not sure which one? I really like the J2 because of the creative mode and you can edit photos from the camera.. What really caught my eye is that you can use selective color on the J2 does anyone know if your able to do the same with the J1 camera? Weither it be on the camera or with the nikon software that comes with it! Photoshop to me is the most confusing program out there so that's why I want the J2 because it basically has everything I need & want in a camera! Anyways does the J1 have creative mode & can you edit using selective color mode on the camera or software????


Ps. The J1 is $350 & the J2 is $550 so it's a bit of a difference in price that's why I wanted the J1 for the good price but it needs to have that selective color mode... Ugh!

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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:47:18 PM
I'm not sure why in the world you'd want selective color. That technique is pretty out of style/favor, but if you really want it, it's pretty easy to do with PS or PSE.



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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:30:32 PM
I love the look of a black and white photo with just a pop of bright color somewhere in the picture like a picture of a little girl in all white and black and then her hair bow would be red or pink.. I see it done all the time I'm not sure it's out dated maybe its easy for others but I don't know anything at all about ps or pse I'm lucky if I can figure out the crop button lol ok maybe not that bad but I had a free trial of the photoshop CSS I believe it's called and I was completely lost.. I even watched YouTube tutorials and I was still lost I don't know any of the options let alone any of the photo lango they speak.. It's a whole other world to me! Granted I am a fast leaner but I'm not so sure I would have the time to fully learn that software at least not now.. Hopefully one day in the future! I absolutely love the Nikon 1 cameras and I love the j2 because of its editing abilities right on the camera and i would like to take professional looking photos but I was hoping the j1 had the same creative editing feature because the price is in my budget!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:26:53 AM
You can do the technique with your free trial version. You create a duplicate layer or copy of the image and convert the new one to black and white. If youre using layers, just use the erase tool to erase back yhe part of the image you want in color. It's a 5-minute or less thing, so not something I'd spend lots of extra $$ to get in camera. You might want to look at taking a class in photoshop or looking at some online tutorials. It's amazing what that program can do. (If you don't want to spend the money for the full version of CS after your free trial ends, you can purchase Photoshop Elements for less than $100 and really do a lot with it.)

As far as taking professional-looking photos, so much of that is skill and nowledge rather than just the camera. Look into the free 12-weeks to better photos class here on the photography message boards.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:13:51 PM
One of the problems with in camera editing/special effects it the permanancy of it. If you decide later you don't like it you can't undo it.

Or if you use it for one photo and forget to reset your camera then you end up with images you didn't want treated that way having the effect.

Learning to edit does take time but is really the best way in the long run, less heart ache over not being able to undo it.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:07:34 PM
Thank you for the advice I was looking I to buy photoshop elements a few weeks ago the had it at 40% off I think I will pick it up since its a good price and I know the program is worth every penny, i guess there's just no way around it I'm gonna have to just learn the features i will be looking into that class you mentioned thanks for the info! I think I will just stick with the j1 better price & besides i just discovered an app on my iPhone that does the selective color thing pretty awesome! & if you get the right apps to go with your camera on the iPhone 4S the camera is actually not that bad! I'm still gonna get the j1 I'm just gonna take some lessons first lol.. Thanks again!


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