This is my very first blog & it’s going to be a short one just to get my feet wet 🙂

I’ve been a Professional Photographer for many years now and have been using Photoshop on occasion to make any final edits but I never really bothered to “LEARN” how to use Photoshop and the benefits of it’s features as I didn’t find it necessary.  I always knew it’s capabilities but I have mostly concentrated on perfecting my techniques as a photographer and getting it “RIGHT” in the camera as opposed to snapping photos and using Photoshop to make all the changes.  Getting things “RIGHT” from the start is always the way to go in my opinion.

This has worked very well for me but there have been times where I wished I could either darken/lighten the background while not affecting certain other parts of my image (for example: the person that I am photographing), as doing so without using “LAYERS” in Photoshop would affect my image as a whole.

Recently, I’ve decided to play around with some new Photoshop techniques I’ve learned…not as a replacement of my photography but as an addition to it, so I can make those simple improvements and take my photographs to that next level if needed.

I always capture my images in “RAW” format as most Professional Photographers do, but in the “RAW” format you still need to make some color corrections to bring out the best in a photograph.

In the attached photographs you will see a lovely portrait of my friends daughter.  The first image above is the original how I had captured it straight out of the camera and the second image below is using “LAYERS” in Photoshop.  Even though I was very happy with how the original was captured, the color corrected photo almost has a new life to it.  She seems to pop out from the background a bit more, the colors are more vibrant, there’s more clarity and her skin and eyes seem to glow more.

As a Professional Photographer it’s important to continue learning and I’m really looking forward to using Photoshop for my future photography needs, as a partner to my skills as a photographer and not as a replacement.  I still believe that getting it as close to perfect in camera is the best option and will ultimately save time in processing, but it’s good to know that there is a program out there that can help take my photographs to new heights.

Perhaps in a future blog, I will go a bit more in depth.  If you found this article helpful or would just like to chime in with certain Photoshop techniques that you love, feel free to do so in the comment section.

Thanks,

Costas Gioldasis
Gioldasis Photography