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Photoshop is undoubtedly an incredibly powerful tool. Yet one of the problems with Photoshop is that sometimes it's too powerful. When we're working on our photographs, we have to keep this in mind: the goal isn't perfection. Rather, the goal is connection. That's really important to keep in mind, because what happens is if we push things too far, we can easily overdo it. Maybe it's like spices in cooking. One of my friends recently took a cooking class and his teacher instructed him and said, you know what, you want to use spices in a way that they complement the food.
Then if you're eating the main dish, and if you can identify the spices, you've gone too far. If we could only keep that in mind as we use Photoshop, or perhaps here's another analogy. In food photography, it's really common to style the food and make the food look just perfect. If it's too perfect, it won't be appetizing. So what typically they do is they style the food and then they add a few crumbs. So as you work in Photoshop, keep that in mind. Of course, work for creating an image that looks really interesting and engaging and close to perfect, but then perhaps just back it off just a little bit, add a few little imperfections, and in that way you can make photographs that are even more appetizing or engaging.
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