Monday, January 21, 2008

making some progress

When I started writing this post, I was feeling so overwhelmed by all that I have to learn about photoshop. But then I opened and edited the photos, and thought 'hey, I have learned something.' I can rotate and crop--basic things I just needed to relearn--as well as distort and create layers, which are new-to-me capabilities. So I have made some progress after all.

I've checked out lots of books on photography and photoshop from the library, but, by far, How to Photograph Absolutely Everything is the most helpful I've found. I'm such a visual learner, and this book is full of example photos. Each 2-page spread covers a different type of photo and give tips and all the specs the author used to take the final shot. It's almost like a coffee table photography book--really enjoyable just to look at!

And have you seen Target's new reusable bags? Like our grocery store, they've started selling these mesh bags for $1 near the checkout. They zip into a little pouch and have a bird and trees design made of tiny bullseyes. I wanted to get one, but E reminded me that I can make my own. So why do I still carry plain old natural canvas shopping bags? I guess it's that thing about the chef who doesn't cook for himself at home.


  1. That book looks great. I use Photoshop, but I know I can get a lot more out of it. Thanks for the tip.

    Oh yeah, and you should definitely make your own bags!!

  2. Thanks for the book suggestion. I just reserved it at my library. (I just love my online library options!) And go get some pretty vintage sheets and make some new shopping totes!

  3. Photoshop is amazing, always more to learn. I used to have the full version at my old work, but now have only photoshop elements, but I still find even that very useful and full of potential. I am so keen to learn illustrator too!

  4. It looks like a great book, I'll try to find it. I'm okay with Photoshop, but there are always new things to learn. Karen Cheng ( has some good posts with tips, I learned how to use overlays from there.

    suzy @


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