Scott was so thoughtful for my birthday and bought me Photoshop CS5.
I was floored because I didn't expect to be able to afford this amazing piece of software for quite some time (and yes, he pretty much made up for Mother's Day by surprising me with this).
I have a lot on my plate right now: work, summer vacations/activities, Etsy orders, potty-training, being a momma and a wife, and now my newest hobby of photography.
I really do thrive when I have a lot on my plate, but right now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.
I think part of it stems from the fact that I'm so new to a lot of this that I don't even know where to start!
With Etsy I've just kind of muddled my way through, and I think, slowly but surely, I'm figuring it out.
I know it will never be my main source of income, but it is so fun that I really want to stick with it. I'm having a blast making special orders for people, and just being creative and thinking up new stuff to sell!
With photography and photo editing, though, I just don't even know where to start! My dad is helping me with the principles and science and mathematics behind the camera, and I try to put those principles into practice every day.
But by the time I finish the day and get some photo-taking in, I'm too exhausted to try and figure out Photoshop!
Like I've said before, I want my pictures to speak for themselves.
However, I know how powerful Photoshop is, and I would love to use it to the best of it's abilities....even if I'm just making minor touch-ups.
So this is where you come in.....if you use Photoshop at all, please leave me a comment and/or shoot me an email (uwmomma at gmail dot com) answering one (or all) of the following, and include anything else that could help me learn about the program:
~What's the first thing you do when you open up a photo in Photoshop?
~What tools do you find yourself using most often?
~Any "secret weapons" regarding Photoshop that you would care to share?
~What free or cheap online tutorials have you found to be helpful for learning all that Photoshop has to offer?
I seriously appreciate any feedback!
It's quite intimidating, and I just need to know where to start :)
My first Photoshop edit....and linking up for Show Off Your Shot at And Then, She Snapped.
Here's a before and after of one of my new favorites of Ellie.