Free Class Question, Day 2

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WOW! I LOVED your amazing, thoughtful responses to question one. I love hearing how much love you have for the people in your life - that’s what this whole thing is about, isn’t it? I would like to share my photo editing philosophy with you, and this might help you decide whether my class is right for you. ;)

I noticed a few things - some of us said something along the lines of “it’s not the best photo in the world, but it means a lot to me”, and I love that! Don’t ever be embarrassed about the quality of a photo that - for whatever reason - makes your heart sing. There might be more you can do in Photoshop to make a higher quality photo more technically perfect, but the feeling is what matters.

I also noticed that nobody - in all 1100+ comments said anything along the lines of, “Well, I have this photo that I took of these strangers, and the light was PERFECT, and the shading across her nose was awesome, and he had the perfect catchlight in his eyes.” Hehe. Nah. The photos that really make our hearts sing do that because we feel the connection to the people, places or things in them.

I mention this, because as you begin to dip a toe into the world of Photoshop and photo editing, you’ll begin running in to people who do the same thing as you do, but for vastly different reasons. It’s important to remember that you can develop skill as a photo editor and still keep foremost in your mind that your goal is not to get a technically perfect photo, but to get a photo that makes your heart sing. The ones you’ve described and linked to me yesterday are JUST THESE photos.

So when you are deciding which pictures to spend your time on, choose the ones that when you pulled them off your camera and looked at them in the Elements Organizer or in Bridge, they made you gasp. And I’ll show you how to make those pics look their best. :)

Alright, here is the question for day:

What one person, thing, moment, or place do you wish you had a photo of?

And the one you can answer for yourself in your head:

What one person, thing, moment, or place can you STILL go and take a photo of, perhaps TODAY? ;) Or this weekend?

I am also curious to know if you shoot with a DSLR or a point-and-shoot camera?

Alright, can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are here - feel free to post about it on your own blog and link me up, or tell the story in the comments here! :D

Jessica Sprague806 Comments