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As a young kid, I had the privilege of growing up in a house that was designed and built by my dad in Northern California. It was a beautiful home. What that taught me as a young guy was that space matters. I can remember those days when I was having just a horrible day, and then I would come home, and I would look up at the exposed wood beam ceilings and also at this one wall, an entire wall of windows, which looked out on creeks and oak trees and rolling hills, and somehow that affected my spirits. As a creative professional, I have come to believe even more so that space matters, whether it's your studio, or your office, somehow the space that we have and the space that we create affects us.
Well, here we are at my office. What I want to do is talk a little bit more about space. So let's go ahead and head-on in. Come on. Let's go. Have you ever walked into someone's home, studio, or workspace and just felt like the environment was kind of stifling, or worse, depressing? On the other hand, have you ever gone to someone's workspace or home and been invigorated, been excited, been intrigued by all the little details? One of the things that I have come to discover is that space matters. Now, a lot of times when we are working in Photoshop we have tunnel vision.
We think it's all about the computer. But it's also about what surrounds us and our computer. Because if we are in a creative environment, that will show up in our photographs. Now, another thing that's really important about you space is light. What kind of light source do you have? Is it something that's neutral, like a daylight balanced light source, so you are seeing really good and accurate color? Also, you want to watch out for reflective color. Like if you have a bright red wall right next to your computer, the light is going to bounce off of that then bounce right back onto your monitor, so that you are not seeing very accurate or very good color.
So I have two questions for you. First question, what do you need to do to transform your space into a creative greenhouse? Second question, what do you need to do to improve the overall lighting where you work?
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