To become a better Photoshop artist, become a better photographer pre-visualizing, planning and preparing for your photo shoot. A great shoot insures a great experience at the computer.
I have been invited to make a presentation at the San Francisco Photoshop Users Group next Thursday. I spent the better part of today going through my images and putting the presentation together. That process reminded me of a couple of things. First, how much I love creating images. Ten years ago I thought I would become rich creating stock photos...and I have. But that wealth is not in money, but in being able to spend my time doing something I love so much.
Archimedes, Raw Materials, and Photoshop Artistry
The second thing that struck me was that to become a better Photoshop artist I need to become a better photographer. That old saying, garbage in, garbage out, is as true with digital imaging as it is with anything else. It was Archimedes who reportedly said, "Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth ". Along the same lines I say, "give me the raw materials, and I can do anything in Photoshop!". Of course, if you have the right raw materials, creating an image in Photoshop really is easy. For me to become more efficient and to create better images in Photoshop I need to pay more attention to the details of my photo shoots and to prepare more thoroughly.
Visualization, Detail, and Consistency
To become a better Photoshop artist it behooves me to pre-visualize my images in the most detail I can. Visualize exactly how I want the final image to look, and what is necessary for each individual part to work together to create the whole. What angles will I need? What is the quality and direction of the light…and how can I make sure that the parts I photograph will be consistent in that quality and direction?
A Detailed Sketch, Preparation, and the Best Possible Job