Learning Photoshop

Until two weekends ago it would be fair to say that I didn't have a clue about Photoshop (PS), maybe other than the Camera Raw. Thankfully that is no longer the case.

Whilst I do not claim to be anything other an a novice in PS, I do now know what I am doing when it comes to editing photographs although that doesn't mean that what I produce in PS is any good either.

As part of a recent photography course I was on there was a big chunk of time dedicated to PS. As the others on the course were also PS beginners it worked well for us all and Billy (the instructor) took us through the basics and a workflow that we could follow and adapt to suit us.

I personally found the PS tutorial very worthwhile (maybe more so than what I learnt out on the moors) and was surprised at the impact a little editing could have on my photographs.

We didn't go into great levels of detail, nor did we spend hour after hour editing a single photograph. What we did have was the opportunity to edit a number of photographs we had taken earlier in the day with the ability to see assistance and advice from Billy where required.

The added benefit of only having three on the course is that we were afforded plenty of 1-2-1 tuition to meet our own specific needs / levels of experience.

Below shows a photograph as shot (on the left) compared to the same image after spending a little bit of time in PS working on it (on the right). I'm not saying it's perfect but I'm pleased with the result as I believe the edited version more accurately represents what I saw through my own eyes.

At some point I think I will probably go back to the RAW file and rework it in a different way once I feel a little more comfortable with PS.

The course I participated in was organised and run by Billy Currie and was a three day course in Glencoe and the surrounding area.