A couple of weeks ago I let you in on the fact that I used the money you all kindly donated to buy a copy of Photoshop.
It was between that and a haircut and highlights. I haven’t had a haircut and highlights since Easter. After buying Photoshop, I had enough money left over for a haircut and highlights. But only enough for a bad haircut and highlights. So I decided against it. My hair is still horrid. But at least I didn’t have to pay for it.
I’m getting off track. Photoshop! That’s the focus.
Apparently it’s impossible to run a successful DIY blog if you don’t have beautiful pictures. My hope is that Photoshop will give my pictures that added zip they need to send this blog into the super-fantastic blogosphere. You know … where the likes of Design*Sponge, Not Martha, and Centsational Girl live.
So I’ve been practicing away at Photoshop. I’m sure you remember amateur Photoshop Attempt #1.
I am now ready to reveal amateur Photoshop attempt #2.
This is my original photo.
I had been given the direction by my photography teacher to go out and take a streetscape shot. Just a picture of a street basically. There could be people in it, it should be candid, and must be interesting to look at. It’s a great exercise for anyone wanting to master photography. It forces you to look at things through a photographer’s eye and also forces you to get over the nervous feeling you get about taking pictures in public. Especially pictures of people. Who might chase you down because they don’t necessarily want their picture taken. It can be quite a dangerous hobby this photography.
Window reflections are a favourite subject for amateur, budding photographers. Makes us feel artsy and experimental.
The picture was O.K. on its own but I wanted to make it better. So I cropped it a tiny bit, desaturated it (made it black and white) and Photoshopped out some of the brick reflection in the window. My goal was to get the bricks to only appear on the woman’s clothing.
Like so …
Granted, it’s not perfect. I know that. The goal here wasn’t perfect (which takes a lot of restraint on my part). It was to get used to using Photoshop. To fiddle around with it.
I have many hours of learning ahead of me. Snark. Who am I kidding? I have many years of learning ahead of me. And a lot of swearing I would imagine. Kind of like the woman in the photo would probably swear if she knew I were sharing her brick covered butt with the world. As awful as it sounds, I was kind of hoping she would trip, cause that would have been a really great picture. And funny, because it wasn’t happening to me. Tripping’s only funny when it happens to someone else. Ditto for a bad haircut.