"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

What I Learned in Photoshop Class

After coffee last October 30th in Columbus OH.

Eight weeks goes by fast. Three hours a week. Jill Wiggins was our wonderful and patient teacher at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Side. She really explains everything. Multiple times!.   The project I presented that I thought came out the best was the greeting card of Laura and James just a few days after their engagement in Columbus OH.  I desaturated the whole picture and then added a mask layer and then used a brush tool to recolor just their faces in the style of the Social Documentary Photographer Phil Borges effect (he is a master).  And when I pulled into the garage I held it up in the ambient light and took a photo of the greeting card I printed from the file.  Jill is a great teacher and creates these handouts with the “recipes” all broken down so you can do them later without missing a step.  I love shooting the photos but don’t enjoy the tedium of computer time and being EXACT. As classmate and fellow photographer Andy says,  “Photoshop is NOT intuitive.” which helped me a lot to understand why it is tricky for me.


I liked the photo just fine the way it was.
The autumn trees in the background.
The subjects two of my favorites in the world.
With determination and time I followed the
directions to the letter. Not easy for me.

6 responses

  1. Laura

    what a handsome couple 🙂


    March 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

  2. Piraino

    This sounds very involved, I had no idea of the capabilities and what was behind such beautiful photos.


    March 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

  3. Gail radley



    March 25, 2011 at 8:52 am

  4. Jill

    You are so sweet… Thank you for your kind words. This is why I teach…


    March 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

  5. Toni

    Very nice!! Beautiful couple!!!


    March 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

  6. erica

    It was October then….
    Now it’s Spring!!! and LOVE IS (still) IN THE AIR!!
    This is for their Memory Book!!!! XOXOXO


    March 25, 2011 at 11:57 am

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