A Photoshop Taster

This Thursday saw my starting my first official Photoshop lesson through Shaw Academy – An Online course provider.

The course came up as part of an O2 Priority freebie and means that I can work through the entirety of the Beginners guide to Photoshop for free.
It’s an 8 week course complete with live presentations, quizzes and assignments.

My first lesson consisted of an introduction to the visuals of Photoshop, a piece on spot healing, selective healing, layers and hue\saturation for both colour\ black & white pictures.

I expected things to be pretty tough but was surprised by the ease at which you can do many of the professional looking changes in less than 30 seconds.
Even better is that I’m already digging out some of my older and unappealing photos in order to make some changes – The results speak for themselves.

This example is a landscape photo that I took in Romilly Park, Barry.
Whilst it looks pleasing to the eye, the washed out lighting and colouration meant that it wasn’t ideal as a photograph in its own right.

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But with a little tweaking of the hues, I was able to change an ordinary autumnal photograph into something that really stands, offering some gloomy and unusual colour.

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The first lesson alone was enough to really get the creative juices flowing, but just seeing what I was able to produce so quickly after the new lesson has given me a new-found confidence not only in the photography field but now in the world of Photoshop.

Lets see what the next couple of weeks bring to the table.

 

Thanks To My New Followers

Thanks to everyone who accepted my cheeky request to pop by and give my page a like.

Photography was something that I studied in University and I always had big plans to get out there in the hope of making a career out of my hobby and education.
Unfortunately it was around this time that my anxiety & depression issues stepped in.
I found it impossible taking my (then) camera out due to what I thought people would think of me as a person and the photos that I have taken.
This led to a total photographers block and that hobby was game-over.

Now that I’m older, wiser and more in control of my anxieties, I feel like I’m better equipped to take on the challenge again.
One of the biggest changes being that I’ve learnt not to worry about what other people think and just to get on with the things that I love doing – period!

Getting back into photography allows me to work on something personal to me and creative.
I’m really into the nature, landscape and abstract side of things so expect to see copious amounts of greenery, experimentation and more of my favourite subjects.

I’ve started adding photos from my much, much earlier days and aim to bring this up to date with my current trend of ideas and photos.

Your support alone, by liking the page, is hugely appreciated and helps me to confirm that I am making the right choice about getting back into photography!

You can support me by sharing and liking my photos – generally helping me get these likes up and my name out there.

Thanks again everyone, let’s see what this project brings!