Following on from last month’s post where we encouraged our readers to experiment with different photo post-processing packages and apps, we wanted to do a follow-up today specifically dealing with Adobe Photoshop. We understand that many people still do not like to use it as they feel it alters or changes their original image. And perhaps if your photo is a standard landscape image where everything was perfectly done in-camera before taking the shot, then that is fine, and you may never want to use it.
But what if you have an idea in your mind of an artistic composition that would be difficult to achieve without taking several photos, across various locations, utilising different effects? Then instead of complaining that you can’t do it, or that it is not ‘true photography‘, why don’t you give it a try and see what you can create in a program like Photoshop?
The above photo is one of our grandson’s small plastic toys. Standing all of 3 inches high in a boring plastic box with many other toys, we decided to have a go at photographing it with our macro lens and see what we could do with it in Photoshop. It was pouring down rain outside, so it seemed like a good opportunity to try it out.
The following points very briefly state why we LOVE Photoshop.
- you want to do more with your image than can easily be achieved in-camera
- you love the idea of being able to create some artwork, totally unique to your style
- you need to cut the image out of a boring background
- you want to save money once you learn how to do many tasks yourself and won’t need to hire a professional
- you want to add some effects to the image to make to more realistic
- you have taken the photo in poor light and need to remove excess noise or colour
- you want to create high-quality HDR or panoramic images
- you need to retouch an image or remove distracting objects
- you need to professionally and quickly edit a large number of images as part of your own photography business, or
- you want to combine multiple images, textures, smoke, fire, movement or other effects, AND have total control over every single step of the process.
So, PLEASE, if you have never tried using Photoshop before, give it a try and see for yourself what a professional program it is of use to all photographers. It will take some time to learn but there is no time like the present!
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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