Photoshop, the dark room of modern day digital photography is a tool indispensable to any photographer. While I admit the true and talented photographer should manage to capture the image intended at the time of shooting there still would be the minimum amount of cleaning up and adjusting required. And Photoshop offers the perfect tool for that.
It also offers the opportunity of taking your images a step further with the vast amount of options, tools, adjustments and so on and so forth that it offers. I doubt there is anyone in the entire photography world that knows and understands each and every possibility offered by the software. Possibly not even the creators themselves.
In my case, photoshop is practically a self-learned skill through many hours of online tutorials and trial and error – many hours of frustrating trial and error most often than not, but when an image falls into place and works out how I envisaged then the satisfaction is worth all those hours of frustration. The problem with this approach however is that more often than not I forget how I managed that effect. And that I blame on my basic photoshopping knowledge.
Therefore whenever I see a course that involves photoshop being rolled out by the MIPP I jump onto the truck and enroll (always depending on whether I manage to take the time off from work). Tomorrow I have one of these – a full day seminar organised by Kevin Casha – president of the MIPP and a wonderful photographer himself. It is a somewhat basic course but still it offers me the chance to brush up some of the most basic technics which always flummoxed me. Colour-space and sharpenning (the effect of these on the printed medium thereof) are just a couple to mention.
Well, here’s to tomorrow then and a long day of photoshop!
The MIPP (Malta Institute of Professional Photographers) is a local organisation that organises events, talks and courses for photographers and enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
Although the Institute has ‘Professional’ in its title it is open to anyone who has an interest in photography, be it simply a hobby, someone who does it for fun and a bit of pocket money thrown in too or those whose livelihood depends on photography. The aim is to share experiences and knowledge and help aspiring artists to improve.
It also acts as good stepping stone in networking and socialising with others who have similar hobbies and interests. And one monthly event organised by the MIPP to this effect is the MIPP Photowalks.
And they are just that…. lots of walking and lots of photography!
A different venue, area, town or whatever is chosen each month and whoever wishes to join may do so by just showing up on time – normally 9.00am – at the designated meeting spot. And then… walk! We walk around chatting about this that and the other though photography tends to dominate the theme and well it should! What else would a group of people who all love photography, who all have photographic equipment with them (some with beauties of technological design), who are, after all, meeting up for a photowalk, talk about?
Our recent walk was set in Bahrija and the beautiful countryside around. What a walk it was too.
Below are a selection of images I managed to get while enjoying a good walk and a good chat with others..
Some panoramas may be found for purchase from my iStock Portfolio..
Click here to see the current Bahrija Collection
Antoine Giacomoni gave us a very interesting talk yesterday on his photography and unique system for portraiture. Thanks Antoine and thanks MIPP for the organisation.
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