mark schafer , Sep 24, 2005; 10:35 a.m.
I come from the same background, shooting RZ the last couple of years and finally got a 1DS Mark II (Which I love, but you have to be in control of the scene and contrast). For your library i highly recommend: Photoshop Artistery (General, Retouching, Effects) and The Photoshop book for Digital Photographers (Workflow, Retouching, Effects, Presentation). I do like pretty much all the pixelgenius.com plug ins. You can download and test them for free and see if you like them. Then check Kodak?s digital filters, I just recently discovered the airbrush tool and love it (with good measure and partial selections). For the RAW workflow I?m using Adobe's solution with PS/CS2, which is great (Recom. Reading: Fraser: Real World Camera RAW), I tried CS1, did like it and didn't see the urge to spend another $500 for conversions only. And Wacom, no question, if you retouch or select get one, even the cheapest will change your world. Best ms