I've said many times before that I'm a technophobe .. and its true.
I was thrilled when David bought me Photoshop Elements 12 but didn't realise that even the basic Adobe Photoshop stuff is ... well pretty technical.
Me, being me, dove straight in and looked at the gimmicks, rather than the basics. So 3 days later I'm totally disillusioned and frustrated with my lack of understanding.
Here are some of the wonderful effects I've been playing with .. but I still dont know how to do the simple basic stuff I need for my portrait business ... like combining 3 dogs from different photos into one composition. In the past I've had to rely on David doing it for me on the basic PaintNet program we have. I've read and re-read the pages of Adobe 'How To' guidelines on using layers but it goes in one ear and out the other. I need to be shown step by step. Can anyone recommend a video tutorial - maybe Youtube which will help me learn this process?
Basics aside ... some of the effects I've been playing with - even if I don't really understand the technical bits LOL. These are some more of the photos taken at the zoo on Fuerteventura last month.
I love the way you can pull part of a photo 'outside the frame' ... I added a blue background to the area outside the photo here
I did a similar thing here but used the existing photo background and simply turned it red so you can still see the trees in the background
and again, pulled the giraffe's muzzle outside the frame and then added a black/grey background. fun eh?
experimenting with making the background more 'fuzzy' in these two photos
and with 'vignettes' in these two to focus the light on the central characters
So .... I have lots of things to work on in the New Year. How to use my camera more effectively, how to use Photoshop Elements (particularly layers) and cracking on with artwork, stone painting and driftwood objects ....