It depends on what kind of photo editing you’re making for the first time. You need the right software to get the most out of your camera. One easy way that I use for newbies is to use the D700 which offers a ton of editing options, which will help you edit almost anything, without getting into the technical level. You can make a great image, but a crappy one, which is definitely a lot of work to use. You can edit a single photo, or make a good one, and then you’ll probably want to go into the settings and take the best photos on the lowest settings first. Another option is to use Photoshop because it’s a great program for beginners. If you want to make a quick transition into the advanced features of the D700, you can get started by shooting in Lightroom. The best part of Photoshop is that it has all the editing features, and you can export the images to the camera right away. Some other software, like Lightroom, can help you to learn more advanced features, but if you just want to start, use the camera. Another nice thing about Lightroom is how great the support is! You can post a question on the Lightroom forums for people who know the basics of image editing so you can get advice and help.
What is the best way to learn how to use the camera and learn how everything works?
Learning the settings like shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, and focus before you actually shoot the photo, in the best possible place, is a good way to work on your skills. You just have to watch your fingers while you focus the camera, and do it without taking your finger off the shutter button. As a beginner in photography, you might even have a hard time focusing with some things like a lens cap on. Try to do it with a hood or something to protect your camera’s sensor (there are some really fancy camera hoods, you should check it out!), or try to do it with your hand. Another great thing to learn how to do this really quickly is to shoot with a wide angle lens. Wide angle lenses are the best when you want a wide angle shot, but this means you might just want to put the sensor away into the camera to edit later (I don’t suggest that you do this as it could be too difficult). A great resource for new photographers is CameraReference.com. This is an online library of all the available camera settings so you can look up stuff to try