Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Learn Something New Everyday
It's so important to learn something new everyday. If you don't, you will certainly be left behind.
When I started out as a professional photographer 10 years ago for a high-volume school photography company, we shot film, rolls and rolls of 35mm and 120mm film.
When I started out 10 years ago, Photoshop didn't exist. I remember making the transition to digital from film and all of us dragged our feet and moaned and complained about it. It was like suddenly everything I knew went out the window. The instant feedback ability along with the fact that digital sensors are way more sensitive to light then traditional film, was enought to put me over the edge while working on location in a fast paced environment with 100's of preschoolers to get through in 3 hours or less. For the first time behind the camera my equipment was getting all my attention and the subject took a back seat, for a little bit. I didn't like being distracted by the new technolgy but eventually the learning curve leveled out. Now, I can never imagine going back.
Now, my next big hurdle is editing. I currently use Apple's Aperture 2 and have been very happy with it. Photoshop, though, is always looming over me. It's the industry standard and it feels like anyone under the age of 28 knows it as well as Microsoft Word was to my generation. It's frustrating and intimidating.
Today I start my very first online Photoshop CS4 class. I am very excited to learn this program that I have been hiding from for so long. Given where I am in life and career, now is the time if I plan to take my little shop to the next level!
Wish me luck!
What do you want to learn that you have been putting off until later?