…in Photoshop that is!
I just spent this week participating in a digital photography workshop with a focus on mastering Adobe Photoshop CS6 at the Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake, SK. To clear away any assumptions: I did NOT master the new Photoshop program – however I do feel I have forged a deep friendship with my camera.
Thirty hours of active camera practice in the field with a professional photographer and knowledgeable teacher have provided me with numerous breakthroughs this week. Getting up at 4 a. m. to capture the early morning light, 5 – 6 hours in the lab exploring the inner workings of Photoshop and field trips after dinner to explore the countryside, capture contrast, texture and color was not for the faint at heart.
There were six of us that gathered for the first time after dinner only one week ago Sunday to meet John Perret of Light Line Photography. Before long we ventured into the natural surroundings of the campus to capture the light before sunset and just after a heavy downpour.
All this seems like it happened yesterday. I spent all Saturday afternoon and evening after the workshop wrapped up sorting through over 3,000 images I captured in just one week. This helped me take note how much better my images have become. I am more familiar with my camera’s aperture, ISO, white balance and general settings as a result of 30 hours active field practice.
I selected some images for today’s blog post to share and before I knew it I counted 72 pictures. With approximately 3 seconds for each slide you would be sitting at the computer much too long and loose interest. Hence my decision: I will post several images once a week during the upcoming months, starting today with the most spectacular sunrise I ever witnessed. Even our instructor exclaimed that “This is the most amazing sunrise I have ever photographed in my life!”
The workshop had a strong focus on Photoshop, using filters and layers but the images I uploaded for you today have not been altered in any way. I captured them with my Nikon 3100 over approximately 30 minutes on July 21st, 2012 from 5:15 – 5:45 a. m. (ISO 200, white balance: full sun, F 8 – F 13)