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Before and After-Touchup the world with Photo-shop

Updated on January 2, 2015

All new meaning to 'Pretend they Never Existed'

Great Picture!
Great Picture!
Ten Times Better Now That She's Gone!
Ten Times Better Now That She's Gone!

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

Take an ordinary day and make it extraordinary.
Take an ordinary day and make it extraordinary.
and make it extraordinary.
and make it extraordinary.

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?

You can find yourself in a group of super models...
You can find yourself in a group of super models...

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

But it was missing a little something-and he had that stupid glow stick behind his ear?
But it was missing a little something-and he had that stupid glow stick behind his ear?
Maybe too much?
Maybe too much?
Ahhh...Better. No more glow stick and a little something special...
Ahhh...Better. No more glow stick and a little something special...

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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    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      7 years ago from Lone Star State

      alberich- thank you... Talent? Perhaps, more like determined to be better than the ordinary or what is expected. Thanks for your comment..until we meet again...within the hubs...

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      alberich 

      7 years ago

      Yes, good and bad things have been done by photo shop. I erased a priest from a friend’s wedding photo. The picture was perfect except for the priest who looked like a madman, clinging to the side of the bride. It was amazing how relived everyone where getting rid of the priest.

      As for you, you seem to be a very special person, talented in many ways, a person worthwhile meeting. I will meet with your hubs.

      Take Care and bless you!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      thomas20-thanks for the comment and you are very correct :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks PinkyLee, for leaving a comment and taking a moment to look at my hub. I am the same way, I hate being in pictures, much rather be on the other side of the camera :)

      hc

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      pinkylee 

      8 years ago

      i love photoshop but yet to have gotten it. i love taking pictures and its funny because i use to hate having my picture taken but loved taking pics of other people. i used it to my advantage especially when digital cameras came about, i started taking pictures of myself and eventually got over the hatred of someone taking my picture for the most part. loved the hub

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks blondepoet,

      Photoshop is an amazing tool :) So easy to change memories to fit your changing mood :D Boyfriends can literally be erased when they become ex-boyfriends :)

      hc

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      Omg this is amazing work, I would just love to be able to do that with pics. Wow H.C you have had a very interesting life.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you Sage for your comment and for the fan mail. It was a very nice compliment. I am glad I was able to hold your attention :) I have that problem too, if it is a slow start, I give up sometimes. Thanks again for reading :)

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      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      H.C. - Awesome story - I really enjoyed how your personal life weaved throughout the story and very well done, may I add. Being a photographer myself and a fan of photo shop I decided I would check out your hub.

      It held my attention from beginning to end, which is a huge compliment.

      You did an awesome job on this one. I am looking forward to reading more. Love your style of writing.

      Sage

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you sir for commenting on another hub. I am glad you liked the read, and felt somewhat inspired...

      :D

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      ASHWINSPGA 

      8 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

      Nice Story Miss Porter. Thanks for sharing. Its really motivating and inspiring to read about your 3yrs of challenges in your work and how you faced up to them. very well written too. thumbs up

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Nadia,

      you are a comment leaving fool :D i appreciate all of your support on all my hubs, i am glad i have you as a follower. i think that we really need to do in life what makes us happy. I am so happy for you and hope you grasp your new opportunity... :D Best of luck. I am sure you will do fantastic

      hc

    • nadiaazhar profile image

      nadiaazhar 

      8 years ago from kuwait

      Intresting hub,and i understand the joy and self satisfaction one can get when her work is her passion.i work as an assistant system engineer in an IT firm,my dad always wanted me to be a developer,so i chose that line but my passion was always desiging,now my firm is starting a department of graphic and web designing and today i attened a meeting as a designer and i cannt tell you how happy i'm feeling:)

      cheers,nadia

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Ken for your kind words.

      hc porter

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      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Very interesting Hub. Thank you for sharing this piece of your story. I appreciate it very much. Keep hubbing & keep helping others. Be blessed & encouraged.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Daytripeer and Nan,

      Thank you both for reading my hub and leaving your much appreciated feedback :)

      Everyone can make a difference when they try. Sometimes just being available for advice or leaving a nice compliment on someones work-helps people out. :)

      hc porter

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      daytripeer 

      8 years ago

      A great story. I have always wished that I could be in a position to help people with talent get their chance to use it.

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      Nan 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed the challenge of your life story. Young people can make a difference. They do have a lot of talent and can sometimes out do an older employee. I supervised an operation of filming for over 12 years. I can take pictures and develop them. There are tricks in photographing. You use diferent lens, keep up the good work!

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