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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 share with you a couple of tips or a couple of thoughts in regards to your workspace and also in regards to how you work. Well, here we have this photograph of my office in Santa Barbara, California. This is one block off of State Street, which is the main street in Santa Barbara, if you have ever been there. All right. Well, one of the things that's important to me, and I think should be important to you, is creating a workspace that's creative, creating a workspace that's inspiring. Sometimes that means something as simple as putting some photographs on the wall. You notice I have some photo publications right behind my desk there. I also have some art; this sculpture here that was created by my cousin Steve.
So my question for you is what do you need to do with your own workspace to make it more creative, to make it more inspiring? Now, you can take really simple steps or you can take some pretty profound steps, but do whatever you need to do to make your workspace a place that you are excited to go into. Now, how about once you start working in that context? Well, one of the things that I noticed is what happens to me as I'm working, I'm really excited about the images I'm working on and I lose track of time, and I find it's critical to take a break at least every 30 minutes. So make sure you do that. The other thing that's really important is to blink. You know one of the main reasons why people have eye problems while they are working on a computer is because they forget to blink. I see this happening all the time in the digital labs where I teach. Students have their eyes wide open, they are staring at the screen, and then they get closer to the screen and they are staring at it, and they forget to blink, and again, the eyes aren't lubricated, so you end up having some eye problems, so there is extra eyestrain. If you have extra eyestrain, you are not going to be able to create as compelling of images.
So again, it's important to take breaks, it's important to blink. The other thing that's kind of important is to stretch. Now, here I have this funny little stretching chart here, which just shows some stretches that you can do, and maybe you can even do those now. Even just putting your hands above your head, gets the blood flowing, it helps you stay creative, it helps you stay alive, it helps you stay focused, and ultimately, it helps you create more compelling photographs. Now, the next one is kind of funny. This is one of my all-time favorite stretches, and it says up top, this stretch may cause people around you to think you are very strange, but lot of time what happens is you find a lot of tension in your face. By relieving that tension you would be amazed at how it can help you notice little details. You would be amazed at how it can help you enjoy the process of working on photographs so much more.
Now, you have got to try this one; I know it's really goofy, but basically you stick your tongue out, and then again what it does is it just releases the tension from your face. Now, if you don't like this one, no big deal, yet my hope is that these few thoughts will help you get more out of your workspace. One, what do you need to do to transform your workspace into a greenhouse of creativity? Two, make sure you are taking breaks pretty frequently, and you are blinking, and also don't forget to stretch, stay vital, stay alive, stay fresh, so that you can create amazing photographs.
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