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Self Taught: Photoshop

If you happen to have Photoshop on your computer don't be intimidated by the buttons, tools etc. It's not as hard as it seems. And remember you don't need to learn how to do everything, just the things you are interested in learning. Professional photographers won't show you their straight out of the camera shot, of course they are happy to show you the finished photoshoped picture. They don't want you to see the before. But I think that if you are trying to learn photoshop you need to see the before. I've been lucky to know a professinal photographer, Ryan Benyi, he didn't teach me photoshop but he has been so helpful in answering my random questions. How was I taught??...searching on google! I simply type the kind of photoshop I have and the tutorial I am interested in learning, for example: Photoshop CS3 lighting tutorial. There are some amazing tutorials and videos out there like this one. Of course with learning anything it involves lots of practice and lots of really bad processed pictures. But as I go I learn more and more of the things I'm interested in learning. Here is my before:

This is the after:It's never too late to learn!


Anonymous said...

What a difference in the two pictures. Photoshopping really enhances the already beautifully composed photo.

Gretchen said...

Thank Anna. I'm still learning but I'm pretty proud of myself. :)

Anonymous said...

Heck, yes.

Anonymous said...

Wow Gretchen. I didn't know that you can do that or that it could be done.


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