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p.2 #1 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


jim allison wrote:
I'm no expert at PS but I feel that there is so much there that it will be a life long learning experience. I compare mastering PS to learning to read music AND mastering a musical instrument (not including the drums, which I played many years ago)



Diggin' the analogy ... kinda like the game Othello ... a minute to learn, a lifetime to master.



Dec 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
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p.2 #2 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


Practice :-)

Go and do some courses in photoshop that relates to what you like to shoot

You will be having more errors then winners, but as long as you learn from it then its ok.

It's been 10-15 years now and I am still learning, and we are not going to know every thing.

Best of luck - remember to have fun doing it

Henrik



Dec 06, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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p.2 #3 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


Most photographers hate retouching since they have been misled to falsely assume they could get it right in camera if they just keep shooting with newer and fancier gear. The Kosher way of doing it for some of the world's most successful professional photographers has been hiring the world's best professional retouchers. Here is an eye-opening piece for those who are really interested in the topic.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/12/080512fa_fact_collins

In other words, you just can't simply get it right in camera, I am afraid.



Dec 06, 2012 at 03:48 AM
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p.2 #4 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


Here is one of the best on-line sources of video tutorials on Photoshop:

http://www.lynda.com/Photography-training-tutorials/70-0.html



Dec 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
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p.2 #5 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


Amen!

Well said :-)

Henrik

mshi wrote:
Most photographers hate retouching since they have been misled to falsely assume they could get it right in camera if they just keep shooting with newer and fancier gear. The Kosher way of doing it for some of the world's most successful professional photographers has been hiring the world's best professional retouchers. Here is an eye-opening piece for those who are really interested in the topic.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/12/080512fa_fact_collins

In other words, you just can't simply get it right in camera, I am afraid.




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mshi wrote:
Most photographers hate retouching since they have been misled to falsely assume they could get it right in camera if they just keep shooting with newer and fancier gear. The Kosher way of doing it for some of the world's most successful professional photographers has been hiring the world's best professional retouchers. Here is an eye-opening piece for those who are really interested in the topic.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/12/080512fa_fact_collins

In other words, you just can't simply get it right in camera, I am afraid.


+1 ... i.e. It ain't finished, till it's been finished.

I think that's why they once called it Photo Finishing ... my preferred way to think about it rather than photo-shopping or retouching. There's a similar corollary in woodworking that goes (crudely remembered) something like this:


"A great finisher can make a mediocre carpenter look good ... whereas, a mediocre finisher can make a great carpenter look not so good."


I really need to find the correct reference someday, but with a little thought, you get the gist.



Dec 06, 2012 at 04:52 AM
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p.2 #7 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


NAPP....check them out <a href="http://www.photoshopuser.com/?aid=aywron" title="My link to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals"><img src="http://media.kelbymediagroup.com/photoshopuser/images/napp-referral-banners/728x90-rocketman.jpg" alt="Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals" /></a>


Dec 06, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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p.2 #8 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


I would encourage you to give Lightroom a shot again if you haven't tried it in years. LR4 is pretty powerful and the cataloging is built in vice needing bridge or other software. Was on sale for $99 recently.


Dec 08, 2012 at 02:15 PM
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p.2 #9 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


I have used LR 1 through 4 and find it powerful, easy, intuitive and suitable for 99% of what I want to do.
More recently I have been trying to teach myself PS and struggling. the quality of the (free) video tutorials available on the net ranges from just about acceptable to utterly risible. If someone can point me to some good, comprehensive and free video tutorials, I'd be grateful, otherwise I'm considering coughing up some cash for 'proper' ones.



Dec 17, 2012 at 06:45 AM
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p.2 #10 · Need some help learning how to be GOOD at Photoshop


Chrissearle wrote:
I have used LR 1 through 4 and find it powerful, easy, intuitive and suitable for 99% of what I want to do.
More recently I have been trying to teach myself PS and struggling. the quality of the (free) video tutorials available on the net ranges from just about acceptable to utterly risible. If someone can point me to some good, comprehensive and free video tutorials, I'd be grateful, otherwise I'm considering coughing up some cash for 'proper' ones.


http://www.lynda.com/



Dec 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
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