Thought of the Day: Photoshop Alone Does Not Make a Good Photographer
I consider myself a professional when it comes to Photoshop. I teach Photoshop and develop products that work inside Photoshop. And yes, occasionally I use Photoshop to fix a problem on a less that perfect photo. Photoshop is a powerful tool for photographers. But your camera paired with experience are way more important in getting the best results.
By learning to use your camera and your surroundings to their fullest, you can control light, get great composition and have better color in your photos. This is the #1 best way to spend less time in post-processing. If you find you spend 30 minutes, instead of 3, editing each image, you probably need to figure out why. It could be lack of Photoshop knowledge, in which case an online Photoshop training class might be in order. But if you see your exposure is off, colors look bad, objects are growing out of people’s heads, backgrounds are cluttered, etc – you may want to revisit your camera and work on your skills in that department. And even if you feel you have mastered your skills, it cannot hurt to get back to basics every once in a while.
Answer these questions of yourself:
Using just your camera, or other equipment, not in post processing, can you:
- Achieve proper exposure and control of light?
- Get subjects to pop and backgrounds to fall out of focus?
- Identify what times of day to shoot and where to find better light?
- White balance and adjust color temperature in camera?
- Achieve exciting compositions?
- Getting your subject(s) in flattering poses?
- Avoid distracting backgrounds, clutter, and objects that may hit the subject(s) in an odd way?
Sometimes, in an attempt not to rely on Photoshop and other post-processing tools so much, I recommend photographers go out and shooting just for the practice getting the shot and experience. Take your camera outside without any expectations of coming home and having any use-able photos. Just practice. Work on nailing exposure. Work on setting a custom white balance. Work solely one day on getting better compositions. Work on your creativity. This is also a great exercise for getting out of a rut!
All the photography forums, photo related books, and photography and Photoshop training in the world will not make you a better photographer if you do not get out and take pictures, make mistakes and then learn from those mistakes so you are more experienced the next time.Previous Post: Watch Me Work: Photoshop Actions & Workflow Online Class
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