Product Spotlight: Photoshop CAFE “Photoshop Secrets: Photographic Effects” Tutorial DVD
As a portrait and event photographer based in San Francisco, I’m known for my youthful and playfully dreamy effects. I grew up on analog photography and developed my aesthetic through experimentation with my own filters; shooting through fabrics, using double exposures and props to create different levels of perception. Most of the effects in my work are created with the camera lens. I’m not a “fix it in post” kind of gal.
Things you are likely to see me with: Lensbaby, homemade filters, toy cameras.
Things I rarely use: Photoshop.
However, I like to think I subscribe to these words:
“The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.” ― Benedict Cumberbatch
So, after challenging myself to try Photoshop CAFE’s Photoshop Secrets: Photographic Effects tutorial DVD I realized I could recreate several of my favorite “analog” effects after the shoot on my computer. What appealed to me the most were the effects that would mimic film, old photographs, toy cameras and tilt shift lenses.
Photoshop CAFE offers many training videos on a wide variety of topics. I looked through the titles and started with what sounded the most interesting, Photoshop CAFE’s Photoshop Secrets: Photographic Effects, created by Colin Smith (a major Photoshop guru). You can tell that Colin enjoys teaching and wants you to not only learn his secrets, but also experiment and discover your own. The tips are great for users of all levels and the lessons were easy to learn and follow. If I got stuck I could always stop, back up or start over.
The lessons I found most fun to explore with were Zoom Blur, Toy Camera and antique. These mimic my favorite effects from filters, toy cameras, tilt shift lenses like Lensbaby.
There are a couple great ways to get an out of focus, blurry, dreamy fuzzy feel to your images through the lens. Sometimes photographers deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions. The Zoom Blur and Tilt Shift lessons in Photoshop CAFE help copycat what depth of field, lens filters and Lensbaby lenses can do.
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Shanna Doherty is a photographer with creative flare and an artistic eye. She has photographed weddings, portraits and events for more than 16 years. Shanna believes that displaying detail is crucial to portraying the feeling of the event to the viewer. She utilizes themed environments with the use of filters and props to create different layers for perception. Shanna’s mediums include digital and film and her images embody humor, playfulness and spontaneity. See more of her work at her website, http://www.shannadoherty.com/.
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