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So you want to get better at Photoshop? Well, we all do, of course, right? Well, what we can do in order to really step up our game, I mean to take our Photoshop skills not to the next level, but two levels higher than that? Well, here is what I think you need to do. If you really want to get good at Photoshop, you need to take more valuable and more interesting photographs. Let me explain. I've this with my students, and I know this from personal experience. If I take a photograph that doesn't mean much to me, when I bring it into Photoshop, well, my work is going to be mediocre.
But let's say, on the other hand, there's someone that I've admired for 20 years. It's one of my heroes, and I take a portrait of that person. When I bring that image into Photoshop, it demands my best work. It demands that I really step up my game. So if you want to get better at Photoshop, what I think you need to do is to go out with your camera, and you need to start photographing things that are even more interesting and valuable to you. So where do you start? Well, Jay Maisel says if you want to take more interesting photographs, become a more interesting person. It's a great way to put it.
One of the best places to start, I think, is to begin to write down lists: what interest you, really, what you have at the top of the list? Maybe you love literature. Maybe there's one author that incredibly inspires you. Well, set a goal to take a portrait of that person, or maybe there's that one landscape, which is 3000 miles away, that you've always want to photograph. Well, put that on your list. And whatever it is that interests you most, start to take pictures of those things. And what you'll see is that as you begin to work on those photos in Photoshop, your skills will improve by leaps and bounds.
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