Hi folks...this is Jenni from JARFLY! I'm here once again as a contributor with a simple photography tutorial. In today's post, we are going to explore some very basic tools in photoshop that can help spiffy up any photo in need of a little TLC.
The first time I opened up Photoshop I thought, "No problem...this will be easy! I mean all the gals on the blogs use it...it can't be more difficult than operating a microwave." Yeah, not so much.
Turns out, Adobe Photoshop is complicated. The program has many layers and limitless ability to make your picture sparkling with beauty or one hot mess. However don't be scared, anyone can learn it with patience and gumption. Before we jump to the video tutorial I've prepared...here are a few tips I've picked up while learning Photoshop (I'm no expert, but I think you'll find it helpful just the same).
Tip # 1: Take A Good Photo...FIRST!
Have you ever tried to cake foundation over a blemish on your face only to have it look more monstrous than before? Me too...I've totally been there. The same principle can be applied to using Photoshop...it cannot "save" a bad photo. It can help it some but in the end, in cannot make a bad photo good. The best thing you can do while on the quest to create a beautiful image is to take a great photo BEFORE you ever upload it to your computer. Pay attention to the light, adjust your camera settings accordingly and don't stop shooting until you get the image you desire.
Tip # 2: Don't Start With People
I found that editing my first picture in Photoshop was really overwhelming. I believe this was because it was a portrait of my friend. I think it's best to start your learning curve out with pictures of objects...rather than people. The simplicity of it will be less intimidating...don't ask me why but I've found it to be true! If you've never opened the program before, start with a still life photo (like below). It will probably save you some headache.
Tip # 3: Over-Editing Beware
This tip goes for no matter what stage of Photoshop expertise you find yourself in. Does your mother-in-law suddenly look plastic? Are the colors in your photo neon-crayola and look like a Katy Perry music video? Does your best friend have Twillight eyes? This is all a good indication that you have over-edited your photos. Here's the key to good editing: good editing isn't noticeable. I suppose you could say the same for good make-up (to use another cosmetic analogy). As you practice editing photos in Photoshop you will develop a natural eye for knowing when to stop and when to go a little further. Just remember, less is usually more!
Now that we have those mini-tips out of the way, let's get to the important stuff. I thought the easiest way for me to show you how to use some basic Photoshop editing tools was to record it for you, so without further ado here is our tutorial for today!
Once you get comfortable in Photoshop (And Lightroom! I use both) the world for creativity opens up immensely...but remember to always always always start with loving and understanding light and manual camera settings while you shoot! Thanks everyone...leave any questions you may have in the comments section below :)
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