Like I said, I love Photoshop...I want to marry it. You can do fun, crazy, beautiful edits to pictures and paired with my new SLR, it officially makes me a photography nerd! (And proud of it!)
For instance, here's a picture SOOC (straight out of the camera) from our recent trip to the zoo (taken by Mommer with my SLR). And I love it, but it needed some work. See (click to enlarge):
- Firstly, it was a bit blurry so I sharpened it up.
- Secondly, I thought Jim needed to be closer to us (like he likes us!) so I cut him out, moved him over, and then filled the background in. (If you look closely with to the left of Jim's hat, you can see how the rail is still cut off a bit. Eh...)
- Finally, I wanted to give it better color so I used PW's Photoshop Actions (Boost and Warmer) and...voila:
(This one looks better when NOT enlarged!) Better, right?! Trust me, I understand that I'm a major novice at this stuff, but I'm having fun, and learning a lot! Soon I might not need actions (which I consider "training wheels") but for now...I'm working at it!
Clear as mud?