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    Friday
    Dec182009

    Flower Pots

    Do any of you have an illogical aversion to tutorials? To training books? Perhaps I'm the only one. I'm learning Photoshop CS4 (my new toy) one googled tutorial at a time. Above you will find my first official editing project. I took the photograph (top: edited version) in Amsterdam this summer. It was a lovely urban scene of flower pots on weathered cement stairs. When you are editing a photograph, there are so many variables, an infinite number of changes. Just playing. One slider at a time.

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    Beautiful shot Tammy. Have you considered taking dj Pettitt's on-line course using Photoshop? You can check it out here: http://djpettitt.blogspot.com/

    The possibilities are endless with how you can alter an image, impressive.

    12.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBren

    Lovely shot - both before and after editing. Your photos are stunning anyway :-)

    Googling a tutorial, one step at a time seems a perfect way to absorb it all - then you are in control of it, rather than trying to remember "what's next?"

    12.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

    *Bren, Thank you for popping in! The Photoshop course definitely looks intriguing. Are you going to take it? The entire blog looks fun so I will go explore. Software training just isn't my thing; I guess it's my lack of patience ;>

    *Sam, Hi there! I like to learn how to do what I want to do rather than learn everything the software can do. It seems more flexible and no stress. Perhaps it's big people project based learning!

    ~ Tammy

    12.18.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Tammy I'm very much like you with tutorials, instructions, you name it!! I want to dive right in....but the way I learned photoshop ELEMENTS was by an online course, which made me do things, that I thought were mundane, but it helped me to learn more about the software.. I took an online course, which worked for me, cuz it didn't go too fast, but then gave me time each week to learn the task. Photoshop has a pretty steep learning curve, so you gotta be patient with yourself.

    Check out this link:
    http://www.ed2go.com/cgi-bin/oic3/newcrsdes.cgi?name=bellarmine&course=pd4&title=Photoshop%20CS4%20for%20the%20Digital%20Photographer&path=1

    Good luck,

    12.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    Eden, Thanks for the suggestion, I will check it out. I'm definitely not impatient in learning software (just the class itself!). Right now I am just enjoying playing around, making mistakes, trying again. It's how I learned everything from Excel to Publisher! Off to make dinner... ~ Tammy

    12.18.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Tammy, you and I seem to learn the same way. I, too, get frustrated with tutorials. I'm kind of a hands on girl who likes to tinker around, get frustrated and learn from my mistakes. I taught myself Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. and got to the point where I started to instruct others.

    Frankly, I like BOTH shots. You have a great "eye"! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years too! Holiday Hugs, Terri xoxo

    Terri, In Excel courses, folks learn what the s/w CAN do, which gives beginners a false sense of mastery. They leave class with little idea how to do what they need to do. Teaching project-based Excel would be fun and more productive...

    And regarding the before/after shots, I've seen books/sites that use PS to beautify crappy shots (as a challenge, sounds fun) but I like to start with a solid shot as a starting point and make it even better. It's kind of like... why continue reading a book you dislike or that bores you... when there are so many GOOD books out there (my mom's logic). ~Tammy

    12.19.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Tammy, I totally agree about using a solid shot as a starting point. As my grandmother always said, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!" LOL! Lots of wisdom in an old adage. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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