My Photography Skills Are Improving…But Not As Quickly As My Photoshopping Skills

I’ve been spending a lot of time behind my camera lately. It’s an introspective art form for something who’s more used to making funny faces in FRONT of the camera. But lately, it’s been the outlet for my creativity.

With photography comes editing–which, depending on each individual photographer is either the fun part, or the daunting part. For me, it has always been the daunting part. Especially when I take 400 pictures that I have to wade through to find the perfect shot before I even start messing with it in Photoshop.

The truth is, despite what my friends and family think, I really don’t know how to use Photoshop to it’s fullest potential. See, up until last week, my idea of editing a photo consisted of cropping, resizing, and de-fuzzing. Oh, and adding myself to the picture of the place that I’d rather be today, doing the things I’d rather be doing.

Beach 4

Don’t judge me. I need a vacation.

As it turns out, Photoshop does a TON MORE STUFF than just those three things. And thanks to the internet, and tons of free YouTube tutorials, I now know much more about editing photographs the way the Photoshop gods intended. And so, without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots taken over the course of the last few weeks, all edited to perfection. Go me.

 The young Scottish ring bearer at a wedding I photographed recently. The black and white made it feel that much more special.

The young Scottish ring bearer at a wedding I photographed recently. The black and white made it feel that much more special.

The drunkard at the Renaissance Festival. He's my kinda guy.

The drunkard at the Renaissance Festival. He’s my kinda guy.

 Probably the best portrait I've ever taken, and made even better simply by adding a cooling filter with Photoshop.

Probably the best portrait I’ve ever taken, and made even better simply by adding a cooling filter with Photoshop.

Teeny tiny toadstools, all in a row.

Teeny tiny toadstools, all in a row.

This photo actually hasn't been edited, which makes me preen like a peacock. Broomstick handles at the Ren Faire.

This photo actually hasn’t been edited, which makes me preen like a peacock. Broomstick handles at the Ren Faire.

A beautiful day at the beach, a warming filter, some fuzzing around the edges...who knew a few quick clicks could produce something so lovely?

A beautiful day at the beach, a warming filter, some fuzzing around the edges…who knew a few quick clicks could produce something so lovely?

 Blue. Cerulean blue.

Blue. Cerulean blue.

I wasn't sure this shot would turn out, because it looked so fuzzy straight out of camera. But a little tweaking and I think it might be my favorite.

I wasn’t sure this shot would turn out, because it looked so fuzzy straight out of camera. But a little tweaking and I think it might be my favorite.

 Pink pail against a blue sky, sharpened foreground and blurred background. I rock.

Pink pail against a blue sky, sharpened foreground and blurred background. I spent a lot of time on this photo, but it was totally worth the end result.

 A photo of the Angel Oak I took awhile ago that I finally edited to my satisfaction. Black and white, and I edited out a pesky cable that ruined the photo.

A photo of the Angel Oak I took awhile ago that I finally edited to my satisfaction. Black and white, and I edited out a pesky cable that ruined the photo.

Who knows, maybe this will turn into something more than a hobby for me eventually. But for now? It’s been a great way for me to use my creativity in a new and different way.

No worries. There will still be goofy shots of me on the blog. Because even though Photoshop rocks at helping me create beautiful images, I still think it’s main purpose is for comedy.

One thought on “My Photography Skills Are Improving…But Not As Quickly As My Photoshopping Skills

  1. Carrie Baughcum

    You tube is so amazing for learning how to do stuff. I too have learned a ton of photoshopping skills from it. Your artistic talents have always amazed me. I am not surprised by the beautiful pictures you can create as well.

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