I’ve been an avid amateur photographer for many years, but I’ve never been a big fan of Photoshop. It is a big, expensive, slow program with a steep learning curve. But I’ve gotten to the point where my photos just don’t have much room for improvement without digital manipulation. So, I finally broke down and decided to study Photoshop.
It began with signing up for a college course called “Photoshop for Photographers”, though my travel has kept me out of class for a couple of weeks. So I’ve been studying my book, The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers, and practicing with my new Adobe CS4 Suite.
Well, I’ve been posting some Photoshopped images recently of my travels, however I thought I would demonstrate the power of the tool by sharing a couple of photos that I took of people, to illustrate the difference it can make…
First of all, thanks very much to my two brave SuperModels! Jennifer Conley and Cali Lewis both kindly consented to allow me to post before and after photos to demonstrate my new found powers. Here we go.
For those of you who don’t know her, Jennifer is the mastermind behind ILiveInDallas.com, where she catalogs all of the city’s goings-ons so that the rest of us mere mortals can have something to do on the weekends! Well, the evening of our big WordCamp Dallas party I handed her my camera with a fisheye lens on it and asked her to take the following self portrait.
Well, here is the “after” image:
Now, we all know Cali… Well, one evening after getting a new lens I was over at the house snapping photos of her and Neal. I snagged this one in her kitchen, which she was none too pleased about I’m sure. However, she did tell me I could post it here for like 1 million people to see, so it couldn’t have been too bad!
However, if you ask me, this “after” image is pretty darn cool:
So, that’s about it. I will tell you that the camera also makes a difference. Images shot with higher end equipment can be manipulated to a greater extent. And they need to be shot in RAW for maximum editing flexibility.