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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie I want to briefly talk about getting your photos out there, beginning to share you photos online. There are a wide range of sites you can use to do this. Probably the most popular is Flickr. Flickr is a pretty phenomenal site. What you can do is upload your files and then share them with others. It's a real neat way to post images and get feedback from others in regards to what they think about your photographs. Now if you go to Flickr's site, one of the things that's kind of interesting you can scroll down and view some of the images that are most interesting from the last seven days and in this case where we just happened upon this image which is really fascinating. So not only can you go here in order to share your images but you can go here for some real inspiration.
Another site that you may want to look into this photo.net, here I simply clicked on the gallery and I have few featured photos and again it's just a nice way to be able to post your files, get some comments from others and share them. You can also browse in some really interesting ways; you can look at the top photos of the year or you can browse by Category. So I'll go ahead and browse by Architecture and we will be able to look at some actually really interesting architecture photographs. You get the gist, the idea here is begin to explore a little bit and also begin to share some of your own work. Another relatively popular site for sharing photos is smugmug.com. Again another place where you can become a member, post your images and share them.
Now the last site that I want to point out is istockphoto.com and the reason why I want to point this out is because I have number of people who have gone through this training title and have gotten kind of excited about photography and have begun to post their files on istockphoto and they have started to make some money off of them. It's kind of helped them gain some confidence with regards to the photography and it's helped them to get their work out there. It's just been a simple little starting point. So if you are interested in starting to see if you can sell some of your photos, istockphoto maybe a good place to begin to experiment with. If you are going to go there, the one of the things you will probably want to do is click on their Most Popular Files link and then take a look at what the other files are that are assigned and get a feel for those and then begin to think, okay I get a gist for what they are looking for. You can also go ahead and do some searches and get a feel for the type of files they have and then give it a shot because you never know what will happen. Yet most importantly I recommend that you begin to get your work out there and here is the deal with photography, here is the skew, photographers never feel like their work is good enough and that's a good thing, right? It drives you to keep shooting; it drives you to create the better image.
If you ever feel like yeah my images are perfect, you know what, you should probably get out of photograph because you are kind of done with it, you are over, you are not really into it but if you are passionate, you are interested and you are intrigued, you are going to realize that your images will never be good enough, they will be good but you can always make them better. So if you feel like your work isn't good enough don't let that hold you back. Begin to get your work out there, share your photos and once again feel free to send me a link to your photos; I'll be glad to check them out.
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