Both of these come with pretty extensive, but painfully dry documentation that, although exceedingly thorough, wasn't very insightful. For example, it will describe how to adjust the RGB levels in a photo, but never would it talk about why you might want to do that.
I did find a very good 140 minute tutorial on all the workings of the D80, and I actually learned alot. Its amazing how many features get packed into that device, and I'm sure that most of them are never used. Second, I upgraded to the new Apple Aperture software for organizing and retouching photographs. The change was a good one and the results have been stellar. The system is much faster, but that could be attributed to my 8 processor, 10 GB of RAM Mac Pro. The tuning instruments are much more subtle and precise, and the RAW processing is far greater. Where Apple has done a great job is through their website posting hours of video tutorials that take you step-by-step through how to get the most out of their software and your pictures.
The nice thing about all of this, even if its meaningless to non-photographers, is it allows me to go back and re-process many of my favorite photos so I can take them to the next level. Who knows, I might actually print a few and hang them in my place... In case you were wondering, I do have a lot of photos. In fact, there are 13,115 live photos on kriskoeller.com. In fact, the whole reason I created the original version of this website was so I could organize and share photos. It grew from there...
In the coming weeks I'll be re-touching and posting some photos on this blog, so check back often, or simply subscribe to the RSS feed below.