How I Love Thee…

I am in love!  Two days ago, I made the biggest hobby related purchase I’ve ever made.  I purchased Photoshop CS4.  W.O.W.  I’m not even sure I can eloquently describe how much I love this software.  To be fair, I used my I will always be a college student discount and got it for $199, not the retail price of $699.  At $699, it would have never happened.

I’m stumbling my way through learning the basics, and I may be tripping over myself for a while.  I ordered some books by Scott Kelby to help me along.  I flipped through one at a friend’s house the other night.  She was gracious enough to let me sit with her while she did some editing.  Check out her work – Marin Mason Photography

So, here’s my first attempt at editing in Photoshop.  I couldn’t get the color quite how I wanted it, but after 3 hours I kind of gave up.  I’m going to take another stab at it today.

These were taken with the Canon Rebel XSi, 18-55mm (kit) lens.  55mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 400.

Before:

After:

Critique is welcomed and certainly appreciated!  I know I have A LOT to learn!

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4 Responses to How I Love Thee…

  1. Jessie says:

    Are you shooting in RAW Jamie? It opens up a whole new window of options if you are. Yay for you! I love my CS4 :)

  2. Mostly in JPEG. I’d love, love, love any links to great (free) actions or tutorials you’ve used :-)

  3. Jessie says:

    If you set your camera to RAW when you put your pictures on your computer and open up PS literally a window should open up. You will be able to adjust your white balance and the blues/reds/yellows that show up from our camera. Problem is the files are HUGE so you have to keep them under control by processing and then turning them into jpeg. I highly suggest joining http://www.ilovephotography.com and looking under their “share a square” subforum b/c I found a bunch of neat actions there. The Pioneer Woman also has some on her blog. If you have time also check youtube. I saw a suggestion once to set the white balance on your camera to flash rather than auto. I really like the results from doing that and now it is how my camera is constantly set b/c I don’t have a gray card.
    Thanks for the shout out to my contest.

  4. Fwinky says:

    Ditto on what Jessie just said…editing in RAW will blow your mind! And ditto again on Pioneer Woman’s actions – love them!

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