Last night I began a four-week class on Advanced Photoshop. The class is being taught by John Simo at the West End Darkroom in Greenville.
I thought I knew Photoshop. I’ve been using it for the past twelve years, ever since version 4.0. I knew I had barely scratched the surface, but I wasn’t prepared for just how little I really knew. In the class of eight, I felt like I was the furtherest behind, in terms of knowledge of photography and Photoshop. It was a strange feeling – I’ve felt confident in just about every class I’ve ever taken.
The first time you see this it’s a trick. The second time you see it, it’s a technique. The third time you see this, it becomes a method.” – Triantaphyllos Akylas
That being said, I did learn quite a bit in our first session. Most of these were in the form of shortcuts and little helpful setups for screen. Even though I intuitively understood the relationship between megapixels and print quality, it helped to have it spell out mathematically. For example, at 300 dpi print quality, an 8 X 10 photo would require 8 X 300 X 10 X 300 pixels, or 7,200,000 pixels, or 7.2 megapixels. If all you’re doing is printing 4 X 6 prints, then you only need a camera that can do 2.2 megapixels. If you’re only going to share photos online, you need even less.
Despite my lack of confidence in the class, I feel like I’m learning a great deal, which was the whole point of taking the class in the first place. We already have the outline for next week’s class, which will cover exposure correction and black and white conversion. I’m looking forward to it.