No, this post isn’t about the virtues of taking a nap. Although I heartily recommend you take one on a regular basis. This is about the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Being a bit of a computer geek since the mid 80’s I knew about Photoshop and it’s reputation as the top graphics and image editing tool. Since my needs in that area were decidedly modest I had no need or desire to spend the considerable amount to get the program. Then digital photography came on the scene along with a timely discount offer for Photoshop 7. Talk about serendipity.
Using Photoshop for the first time is like getting thrown into the deep end of the pool, without getting swimming lessons first. I quickly came to realize the Photoshop motto should be “Why do it just one way, when a half dozen different ways will do.”
This is where NAPP comes into the story. I bought several books to help me but NAPP had short bite size tutorials designed to show you how to create a specific effect in Photoshop. Learn by doing. What’s more the website had video tutorials that you could watch! Neat!
I created the border around the picture you see below by watching a video by R.C. Concepcion on the website. Thank you R.C.
While I’ve found Photoshop useful in my photography, Lightroom really greased the wheels of my pursuit of improvement. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts. NAPP has plenty of resources to help you with Lightroom as well.
There’s a lot more available to you so take a look and if you like what you see click on this link to sign up.
Refer a Friend You’ll get “The Best of Photoshop User: The Tenth Year” DVD as a bonus gift.
One more thing, I realize it’s called National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Therefore, you need to be making a living using Photoshop. Nope. You just need the desire to improve. NAPP will help you do that.
Scott Kelby’s guest blogger this week Photoshop Insider » It s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Rod Harlan. Rod advises us to “package your best images into a compelling slideshow, add a little music, save it out as a video file, and then distribute it on the web.”
Under the category of doing more with your images I present a short musical slideshow done at Animoto. If you don’t want to do the slideshow production yourself. This is just 30 seconds long and free. An extended length will cost $3 and how long is a matter of how many photos.
In the latest post on RAW – an amateur photography site, featuring a monthly photo contest and much more -the photography site at Boston.com. The article on the featured photographer begins with this sentence “Arnold Kaplan doesn’t subscribe to the notion that the image you capture in the camera is the image you have to end up with.” Okay!? So who does?
Occasionally I run across this notion that merely reproducing what you see is the start of the photographic process. As if the “merely” is as simple as pressing the shutter button. As Mr. Kaplan put it “just making a copy of what Mother Nature has created.” I didn’t know reproducing the three dimensional world on a two dimensional surface was so easy. Therefore, true artistry is manipulating what you saw into something “more”.
Am I disparaging the person who wants to do more with their images? Beyond adjusting Hue and Saturation,dodging and burning or selective sharpening, for instance. No. It’s a constant source of amazement what people are able to see. And create what they see. Sometimes I like what they create and sometimes I don’t. If I don’t does that make me a “Purist”?
It seems to me the only criteria for a good image is the “wow” factor. Such as when Scott Kelby chose the winning photo for his recent Photowalk. Photoshop Insider » The Challenge of Finding a Winner For My “Worldwide Photowalk” (and the winners are revealed!). How much artistry you apply to an image is of no consequence without that final effect.
flowers say aloha
Originally uploaded by finches_50
Congratulations to finches 50. Her photo was picked as the keeper from the Honolulu Photo walk. The ” photo revealed a beautiful, thoughtful and intriguing look at what makes Hawaii so special – our people. ”
It’s all good.
A good time photo walking was had by all around Ala Moana Beach Park on Saturday August 23rd. Typical morning around here. With strong trades pushing the clouds out from the Ko’olau Mountains. The sun was in and out. The big activity was the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees – Dragon Boat Races going on this weekend. Almost 30 people attended and about half stayed for lunch at the Big City Diner. Plus we watched the Waipio Little League team beat Louisiana in the semifinal! Not a bad morning. Here’s a picture of one of the walkers watching a line of fisherman near the beach.
Photo Walker at Ala Moana Beach Park
Scott Kelby (The man from NAPP) is organizing a worldwide photo walk for August 23rd. This man does not think small. People are volunteering to lead a walk in various cities. If your going to be in Honolulu and like to take part you can sign up here. There’s one for Hana and Lahaina. If you want to know more Worlwide Photo Walk has a short video by Scott and Matt describing the day. Plus you can find a list of the cities already hosting. If you want to volunteer to lead one in your city, there still might be time to sign up.
Photography can be such an individual pursuit so here’s an opportunity to socialize with other fine,fine people.