Portrait Photography – Dancer Yasmin

Photographing people isn’t always easy and straight forward, there’s a base technique and then there’s adaptation to the individual. It’s what I’ve been working on lately, the adapting.

So with a mix between a general portrait session and a few dancer profile shots, we headed into the streets and managed to capture a few decent shots in a relatively short space of time.

Feel free to let me know in the comments what your favourite is.

And also go give her a follow on Instagram @Yascabreu

 

 

Improving Photoshop knowledge by avoiding courses

My knowledge of Photoshop I would call good but not perfect.

However I always feel like there’s something MORE that I could do with my images.

Something that I’m not thinking about, because I never learnt existed.

How to Learn more photoshop

To solve this problem, I needed to learn more about photo editing. But HOW?

There are two solutions: take a course or teach yourself.

Okay, maybe there’s three solutions…. do both 🙂

I had a look at the course to become an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) in Photoshop and discovered it’d cost approximately £1000.

Then I discovered that there’s another stage of an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) which would cost a lot more!

Now the ACA five day intensive course would be good enough for personal purposes, whilst the ACE would put you on a whole new level.

And this led me to my next question:

Is it worth it?

I deliberated and researched more into what was involved and then it hit me.

Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast – Ace Rimmer 😀

Even if you learnt it all in five days, how much of it will you remember a month later? Especially if you’re not using everything you learnt frequently.

Photoshop CC - Classroom in a book

That’s when I discovered the book, the official workbook from Adobe to teach you everything you need to know.

And the best thing? You work at your own pace, your own way and you have consistent reference material.

So naturally I bought the book and now it has finally arrived!

I’ll be working my way through it and teaching some of it right here on the site. So stay tuned!

If you want to get the book yourself, you can click HERE or on the book image.

Let me know if you bought the book and how useful you found it, or if you have another method to expertise.

Outside Wandering

Do you think about your photos before leaving the house or just wing it?

Wherever I am in the world, I love to explore and often just go out on walks with my camera with the eager eyes to take an epic photograph, one that will write me into the history books.

Constantly shooting is always a good thing when you’re claiming to be a photographer but if you just go out and fire off without thinking, I don’t find it produces much value. Equally, if you go out with the intention of getting just one particular single shot, you might not get it and find yourself never taking a photo.

So at what point do you draw the line between capturing a particular shot and keeping your eyes open to spontaneity?

Personally, I find it best to have a general theme, for example: people, nature or shapes.

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Theme: Long Exposures during the day

If you do however see something incredible happening, don’t say no just because it doesn’t tie in with your theme!

It just just helps to guide you along which you’ll find is more enjoyable, because you’ll know what you’re doing… sort of.

Where there is no vision, the people perish – Proverbs 29:18