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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.
One of the best ways to learn and grow as a photographer is to share your work. There are so many different ways that you can share your work online. What I want to do is simply highlight a few different places where you can share your photos, where you can get some interesting feedback from other photographers. The first one, of course, is Flickr, and if you know of a Flickr account you may consider picking one up because it doesn't cost anything. Again, there's a huge photographer community that revolves around Flickr. It is a really interesting way to share your work and to get other people's input on your images, and also to see some really phenomenal photography.
The next site that I want to highlight is called thebestcamera.com. Now this is for those of you who have an iPhone. There's an iPhone app that you can use in order to upload photos directly to this particular site. It is just kind of an interesting way to share those photos that you can capture on a day-to-day basis. Another site that I want to highlight is called photo.net. Here, they have different types of galleries of photographs and again, a wonderful place to share images in different groups. Some of the other sites are a little bit more general.
I mean they have everything on them. This particular site you can go in different specific types of galleries, and it could be an interesting way to show your work there, on photo.net. The next site that I want to highlight is called SmugMug. It is smugmug.com, another really popular place to share photos, and then the last site that I want to highlight here is photobucket.com, yet another place where you can go and share your photos. Now I am not recommending that you share photos in all of these different contexts; yet, perhaps you start with one that's more popular like Flickr, and then you experiment and take a look at some of the other places.
One of the things that I've found is that by going to these different places, you can start to see your friend's photographs. It can also help you to create your images in a way that it's intended for other people to see. For example, here on my Flickr account, you can see some photographs that I captured while I was in Sayulita Mexico. Well, I capture all of these images with the mindset of creating a set of really color-based and colorful photographs. Well, because I had this final intent in mind, it kind of shifted, or changed, or helped me as I captured the images.
So again, what my hope is here that by using some of these photo sharing sites, it can ultimately help you become a more creative and vibrant photographer.
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