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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
A few years ago I was at a conference. And one of my friends, Brendan Dawes, used this quote in one of his presentations, and here it is. It's by Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe writes, "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." And when I heard that quote I thought, oh, that is brilliant. It kind of validates this idea of daydreaming, and it reiterates this idea that we need to dream more. So immediately after I heard it, I shared that quote with someone else. And then I created this little slide, and here I am verbalizing this quote one more time.
And one of the things that I have discovered is that if we verbalize something or say something out loud, like I have done with this quote, it then becomes ingrained into how we think and into who we are. And I see this happen all the time in my classroom. Say, for example, some of my students will come into the classroom, and they will simply watch. And then they will leave thinking they know something. Go home and try it out, and realize I don't really know how this works. On the other hand, if those same students come to the class, watch something, and then if they have to explain what they have watched to someone else, and say, hey, here is what I just learned.
Here is what just happened. They learn it so much more effectively. So one of the things that I encourage you to do throughout this training title is to come up with ways to verbalize what you are learning. This may mean meeting up with a friend or with a colleague and discussing what you are learning. Or if you are by yourself, it may mean simply just opening up your mouth and saying, hey, I learned this shortcut, which means this and this. And simply by articulating it, again, it can become ingrained into how we think and ultimately into our overall workflow. The other thing that I think is pretty important is that as we become more and more technical, we have to keep things human.
We have to keep in mind that what we are about is creating compelling photographs. And compelling photographs aren't evaluated by how we did our Photoshop work. Rather they are evaluated by how they impact the viewer, how they impact another human. So as we gain technical skill, let's keep that human. One of the ways to do that is to have fun. This is a photograph of my daughter Sophia wearing her grandma's glasses. And I found that the more fun we can have with Photoshop, the more we will learn, and ultimately, this will lead to better practices and better workflow and better productivity and more compelling photographs.
Another thing that I think is pretty important is to have a particular attitude. I have some students who come into my classroom and say I already know Photoshop. Well, they don't then learn very much. I have other students who come in and say, hey I already know Photoshop, but I am not really sure if I know everything about it. And I am not sure if I am really doing this correctly. And I really want to get as much out of this class as possible. And those students learn so much more. And I was really reminded of how important it is to become a beginner. One day when I was at Douglas Kirkland's house, you can see him pictured here.
He was working in Photoshop. And he is a really famous and celebrate photographer. And I said, Douglas, do you do your own Photoshop work? He said, oh yeah, of course, it's so much fun. There's always so much to learn. And he had this enthusiasm, which was so contagious. It was that beginner enthusiasm, which was open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. And I think if we approach Photoshop with that openness, we can glean and we can gain so much more. Another thing that Douglas reminded me of is the value of sharing what we know.
Here you can see Douglas in his living room and in the background there is a coffee table stacked with photography books. And one of the things that he and his friends do is they share those books. For example, a friend could bring one over and then take one of his. They swap or they share these books. I thought, wow, what kind of a beautiful picture of a different way to grow and to expand your photographic knowledge and actual visual stimulation of these different books. It reminded me again of the value of sharing what we know and sharing what we are doing.
So here is one of the things I encourage you to do is to not only share the content that you are learning, but share the content that you are creating. If you create something, e-mail it or post it or get it out there, because sometimes by sharing that with others, it can expand what we are learning and help us to grow even more.
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