- Arts and Design
Before and After-Touchup the world with Photo-shop
All new meaning to 'Pretend they Never Existed'
Where would we be without PHOTO-SHOP
Every photo has possibilities. Photography took on a whole new perspective when Photoshop was introduced to Photographers-Graphic Artists and Production Artists. I am sure it has saved many of memories that may have been lost if it wasn’t for the abilities that Photoshop provides to the world.
Whether you are adjusting a histogram, adding a filter or clipping a path, you have the ability to create memories that never happened, or erase your ex from that cruise the two of you took last fall. The world can certainly be a brighter and more perfect place in the world of Photoshop.
No more breakouts, double chins or gray hair. Unfortunately, Photoshop only works within a photograph, not the real world. The real world is still flawed even with the perfect picture. Photo-shopping the world takes a little more effort and more belief in other people’s abilities rather than our own.
Dream of all the possibilities that are given to chance
A world less perfect than Photo-shop
I have been a Photographer for about 13 years. I graduated High School a year early, not because I was a brilliant being, but because my mother had told me I couldn’t move out until I graduated, and with my mindset at the time. I viewed her rule as a challenge.
I knew there was a way I could use what she had told me to my advantage. I dropped out of my High School midway through my Junior year and enrolled in School that was for all the girls that were pregnant or had kids and needed a more relaxed schedule to be able to graduate (rather than drop out and get their GED), or for kids that were troubled and needed a less crowded environment to learn.
The kids that went there often took 5 to 6 years to get their High School Diploma, but I had other ideas in mind, and it didn't involve staying in High School for any more time that I had to.
Where would you like to see yourself?
I worked until I got where I wanted to be... Against all odds.
I had never had problems learning or retaining information. I have never had problems getting things done. My issues had to do more so with fitting in. In this new environment, which wasn’t a popularity contest like most High Schools are, gave me the ultimate freedom to do what I wanted to do when I felt like doing it.
I wasted no time. I did m work- I took my tests- I received all A's and one B, and I graduated after completing my last year and a half of High School in three months.
I broke the schools records for best grades and most work completed within such a small amount of time. More importantly, I graduated and I moved out from m parents home.
The first time someone took a chance on me.
I had no clue what I was going to do. I got lucky and got a job as an assistant to a Photographer who was working at an Amusement Toy Distributor in San Antonio. I got very lucky, because I had no experience whatsoever $6, at any job. I had never even been in a Photo studio or seen cameras like the ones that surrounded me. I had a great teacher-who taught me everything that he knew about Photography. I paid attention. I was also blessed with meeting this man's wife who was the 'Color Correction Artist' for the company. She knew everything that there was to know about Photoshop-she also taught me well.
Photography and Photoshop go hand in hand. After all, a camera captures reality and a reality has limitations. Photoshop can stretch the limits of reality to suit the needs of the artist and make a world that is not possible anywhere but in our minds.
It was a great day and a great memory. Not too far from perfection
When they all believed I could...
About a year and a half after I started with the company, the man and his wife left to open a studio of their own. I was happy for them- but at the same time, was not thrilled about working for another photographer. Three days before his last day Thomas had a meeting with the Director of the ArtDepartment. When he returned from the meeting, we didn’t discuss what he had met with the Director about-and I did not ask. An hour before we were to start closing the studio up for the night, I was paged to the Art Directors Office. I thought to myself, great-I bet I will be meeting my next boss. I entered the office and took a seat in front of the Directors desk. No one else was around as he stood up and closed the door. I was sick to my stomach, and thought I was in for some bad news. He asked me how my week was going and when would I be finished with the licensed product needed for print publications later that month. I said fine and that I would have it completed for release by the end of the next day. He said great and began talking about the situation at hand. He continued by saying, you already know that Thomas is leaving and the studio will need to have a new Director of Photography. He told me that the amount of work that is required for the studio to produce is too much for one person to handle, and will begin interviewing for the studio tomorrow. He said that the job title of that person would be, ‘Assistant to the Director of Photography’. My mouth dropped and I said, ‘Am I being fired’? He was quick to respond-heavens no, I am offering you a promotion, if you would like it, he said as he handed me a job description and pay sheet.
The Beauty of Black & White with a Touch of Color
The Day the World Needed a Little Less Photoshop
He and Thomas has discussed with all of the department heads, if they thought that I was suitable to take the position being at that time I was 18 years old and a student in college. Everyone asked believed I was more than capable of handling the responsibilities and thought I deserved a chance before they hired someone that would be over me. During down time I would continue to improve m graphic skills in the ArtDepartment using Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as continue to learn QuarkXpress. I was shocked-and lost for words. My pay would rise from $12.75 an hour to $60,000 a year, I was younger than anyone else within the company-and I would be in charge of the Photography Studio. I held the position for 3 years, until the company began layoffs, as they prepared to file bankrupts- but those were the most exhilarating, challenging, rewarding and wondrous 3 years I have had in my career so far.
When Memories Begin to Fade
If we all took more chances on ourselves and on others-Imagine the possibilities
In life, we are all handed chances. Some are chances we take for ourselves, in order to see where we will end up. Other chances are presented when we are given the option to take a chance on someone else- to see where the will end up. 13 years ago-Someone took a leap of faith on me; with the hopes I would give it all I had and make something out of it. I did not wish to disappoint him, and I applied everything I had to building a skill. So when someone asks me now, why do I offer help to others, I think of my offer as being a chance I am helping to give another person, to see where the will end up. Imagine this world if everyone took more chances? Maybe the world wouldn’t need so much Photoshop?
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