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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 the next few movies, just for the fun of it, I want to share with you a few more thoughts, a few more strategies that will help you get even more out of this training. Now, a while back I was at a conference where Brendan Dawes was speaking. The amazing interactive designer, Brendan Dawes, and he said they who dream by day are cognizant of many things, which escape those who only dream by night. He recited that quote by Edgar Allen Poe. I thought, wow, that's a really interesting quote. It kind of validates this idea that we need to daydream, we need to dream big during the day. So I wrote the quote down, then I created this little collage in Photoshop, and then I shared that quote with a few of my friends. I said it out loud. By verbalizing something I learned, what I was doing was learning it more thoroughly and I was integrated it into who I'm and how I think.
So as you learn things throughout this training, here's my tip for you, verbalize what you are learning, share it with others, it will help you learn it more thoroughly. Now, another thing that's really important is to keep this whole learning process human. Keep in mind that when someone looks at your photographs or my photographs, then don't say wow, you applied a really amazing and technical and curves adjustment. No. They say look at those blues eyes; those blue eyes are so beautiful. Also, keep in mind that the reason we take pictures and the reason that we are working in photography is to have a little bit of fun. This whole thing is all about having some fun, and I hope that you pick that up throughout this training.
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