I recently put up a post which included some old snapshots of our wedding. Unfortunately we didn’t have the money to hired a photographer back then. Though my brother-in-law videotaped the ceremony, it is now so grainy it looks like a silent movie!
But in flipping through the small album, I realized these photos are in bad shape. The color is horrible, they are dirty from being shuffled about, and there are shadows and image distortions, freckles that no long exist, and dare I say, a prominent blemish on my chin from going to the tanning salon in the middle of winter. Yikes.
A couple of years ago I tried to learn Photoshop. I mean I really tried, even paying some stupendously bad local photographer who was scamming several of us with bogus lessons at $300 for ten of them. The experience was so gruesome it left such a bad taste in my mouth, and I resorted to that thing where you fiddle about on a program until you absorb it through osmosis. Unfortunately Photoshop is not osmotic. It’s too complex. So I never really could use it beyond cropping, lightening, and adding a bit of clarity.
However, a friend told me about Lynda.com, a subscription-based library of classes (thousands I think), several of which are for Photoshop. There are varying ways and amounts to pay depending upon whether you need the use of practice photos that coincide with the lessons (which I do.) So for $37.50 a month (and you can subscribe for only one month if you like), I am taking real, useful, easy-to-understand PS lessons I can go back to and see over and over. This is helpful to me since I’m in that demographic of needing repetitive instructions with a wide range of learning modalities in order to remember ANYTHING. I’m also keeping notes.
So I am optimistic this will help me with my photography, my patterns, and now perhaps redoing my wedding album, all of which need serious attention. I’m just into the first few hours of “Deke” who is the guru of PS, and I can already recommend his instruction. I like his demeanor and teaching style. It would appear that to be able to learn this correctly, you really need excellent instruction, and Deke is a great instructor because I’m actually learning this. Imagine that! Ask me to lasso something and change the background. I can do this.