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2 December 2004
I have been known in my day to spend money impulsively and/or foolishly. I wondered if was doing so when I sent off my registration for a PhotoShop seminar (the one I tried to go to yesterday, only had the wrong day).
These seminars are not cheap and I wondered how much I'd get out of it, how much over my head it was, and how much I would use any techniques that I learned.
Today I went back to Sacramento--on the right day this time--to join with some 250 other PhotoShoppers to hear Ben Willmore give an all day seminar called "PhotoShop for Photographers."
I figured it was going to be popular, because yesterday when I tried to park in the garage, there was space easily available. Today it was a lot more difficult to find parking.
I picked up my registration packet and went down to the seminar room, amazed to discover that there were almost no seats left--and the place was packed. Some people had their own computers, some just had the brochure which contained all the seminar material. I managed to find a seat in the back of the room.
When I left the seminar at 5 p.m., my head was full of information and I was eager to get home and try out some of the techniques.
Willmore's first session was on something I can't use because I don't have the latest version of PhotoShop, but I still learned some stuff about using histograms...
...which will help a lot if I ever learn how to use all the functions of my camera!!!
Then we moved onto Curves, a function in PhotoShop which novices don't use. I learned tons about how curves work and how best to make use of them. Of course, nothing worked the way it was supposed to when I got home, but I have seen how it works and I know how to play with it now.
At lunchtime, I walked over to the Capitol building to visit the gift shop and check out all the "Governator" gifts (didn't buy any), which had been the topic of a special report on the morning news. Unfortunately they didn't have Governator trail mix. I was so looking forward to spending big bucks to try it. (not)
Back for the second half of the seminar which covered color correction (see "Photo of the Day"!!) and all sorts of special tricks.
We ended with a session on how to work with flesh tones.
I was sorely tempted to buy some of the books and CDs which were on display, or to join NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), but I resisted the temptation, realizing that until I know what I'm doing with all the stuff I have now, it's silly to spend big bucks on something new.
So I came home with all this great new information for things that I'm really excited to try--but I leave for San Luis Obispo tomorrow morning and have to transcribe at least one tape for the psychiatrist before I leave, so I have to resist the temptation...once I'd had a chance to play a little with the Photo of the day.
It was a terrific day. I'm sure this is a really, really boring entry--but I'm on such a high from the seminar that I can't really think of much else!
Oh, and by the way, with all my smugness about getting a flu shot yesterday, I had no idea how much that sucker would hurt. I haven't had problems with vaccinations in years, but my upper arm is swollen twice its size and it hurts to raise my arm up past elbow level. I know it's not "live" vaccine, but I sure felt like I had a fever last night. I slept in the recliner because I couldn't possibly sleep on my arm and in the middle of the night I simply couldn't get warm, even wearing heavy clothes, my jacket, and a blanket. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
My new trick!!