Photography and Photoshop love

Photography

I love taking photos. Of my dog.

I got a great camera last year – a Nikon D3100. After chatting to a professional photographer at a party I also bought a super cheap lens which I adore.

I spend a huge amount of time taking photos of Sadie Shih Tzu which I post to her Flickr account, and of course use on her blog.

One thing that lets so many blogs down is poor quality photography. I realise people can take stunning photos with an iPhone but I’m not one of them.

About a year ago I saved up to buy Photoshop for my home laptop and it was one of the best things I ever did. I use it almost daily. It’s an amazing tool for helping turn some of my photos in to beautiful pictures. I probably only use about 10% of its true capability but I’m learning all the time.

I recently started a Pinterest board for Photoshop and mostly use it to pin Photoshop tutorials (writing circular text and great free actions). Katrina Tan’s Pugly Pixel blog has also helped me expand my Photoshop knowledge with great tutorials. I keep all of Katrina’s tutorial emails in my inbox and constantly refer back to them.

I’ve come to realise that this kind of photography and work with Photoshop is how I get creative. I painted for a while but photography isn’t as messy!

Yesterday I wrote about balance. Being in a job where I sit in front of a computer a lot isn’t healthy or normal. I need exercise and I need to be creative. Some folks spend time decorating their house just so or shopping for the best clothes. My creativity needs to be expressed in a slightly different way and photography has helped with that.

I’ve included one of my favourite shots of Sadie below. For many more beautiful pics, check out her photo stream on Flickr.

Sadie-Shih-Tzu

2 Comments

  1. I love that shot of Sadie. I’m still very much a novice at photoshop, but the more I use the better I get (s-l-o-w-l-y!) I’m so embarassed at some of the photos I had when I first started blogging – was I blind?? :)

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