Saturday, August 2, 2008

a week's work

I've just finished taking a week-long intensive: Photoshop for Nature Photographers w/Ellen Anon at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She's an excellent teacher and the class exceeded my expectations. I learned more than I thought possible, although I confess, my head is about ready to explode. There's been no time for anything else; we've been in the lab from 8 am to 9 pm every day.

Here are some before and afters; some are dramatically different, others, not so much:


7 Comments:

At August 3, 2008 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Shibaguyz said...

I'm going to have to show this to Jason. He's the photographer in the family and really loves those types of classes. Gotta show him your pics...

 
At August 3, 2008 at 7:54 PM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Nice work! Your photos were already good, but this takes them to the next level.

 
At August 3, 2008 at 8:00 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

WOW! That's a lot to learn in a week, good for you. A great class is such a headstart - and since you already had the photography skills and eye, I bet this will open a whole new world of gorgeous. Congrats.

 
At August 3, 2008 at 8:02 PM , Blogger molly said...

they're all beautiful, and changes are obvious...but that last shot is really spectacular in it's second life. one more talent to add to your already long list.

 
At August 3, 2008 at 9:57 PM , Blogger Ellen said...

Thanks, all of you! The challenge now will be finding time to cement these skills so I don't lose them! In mid-summer when there's so much to do in the garden, not to mention canning and preserving, it's not going to be easy to make myself sit in front of a computer screen. But I sure had fun.

 
At August 5, 2008 at 7:07 AM , Anonymous Craig at Ellis Hollow said...

After years of fiddling, I still don't know what all the buttons do in PS -- or have the eye to know how to use them best. But one thing I have learned: It really does help to start with a good image. Not much you can do with PS if your original is out of focus or has too much shake. And if you want to isolate something with shallow depth of field, it's easier to do it in the camera than on the screen.

 
At August 5, 2008 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Ellen said...

I agree 100%, Craig. I always try to make the best image possible in camera. But it sure is nice to know you can take out that telephone wire if you want!

 

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