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So what does it mean to approach Photoshop from a photographic perspective? Well, one of the things I think it means is that what we want to do is we want to gain technical skill in order to become more creative. In other words, technique is at the service of creativity. As a photographer, what I want to do is create a compelling photograph, a good photograph. Well, what is a good photograph? I love how the fine art photographer Keith Carter puts it. He says, "a good photograph is visceral." It makes you feel something.
In other words, when someone looks at our photographs we don't want them to think Photoshop. Perhaps here is another way to think of it. Ansel Adams was really integral and instrumental in pushing forward this idea that a sharp image is a good image. Yet, what would happen is if someone would look at his photograph and say, "wow, that image is so sharp," he would be a little bit disappointed because that wasn't the point. Rather what he wanted someone to say is "wow, that image is engaging." It's compelling. I can't get that out of my mind.
It's really drawing me in. So as we approach Photoshop, what we want to do is we want to use this tool well. We want to gain a lot of technical skills, and we want to use this tool so well that we can hide our tracks, so that we can create good and compelling photographs.
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