Digital skills with your camera and a working knowledge of Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) is a "no excuses" necessity for today's artists and makers. Quality photographic images are a must for every artist and maker. There is a lot of information to help you on the Internet. At the same time, the Internet offers tremendous opportunity for visibility. It seems to me there is no room for excuses either way.
Even if you have your work professionally photographed, there are always occasions when shooting your own photos is still a necessity.
For example, the recent article in American Craft came about (at least in part) because I photographed my work while fabrication was in progress.
Every year, I spend a week to 10 days at the end of the year, learning new digital skills and working on my web site. I practice new skills in Photoshop, Dreamweaver and SEO using Lynda.com. You can try Lynda.com video tutorials with a 7 day free trial. You can also watch video tutorials on Flickr, Google+ and more.
Another web site with lots of free online digital tutorials is CambridgeColor.com. You will find links to information about:
- How Your Camera Works
- Qualities of Digital Photos
- Camera Types & Accessories
- Digital Camera Sensor Cleaning: Tools & Techniques
- How to Make Archival Digital Photo Backups
- How to Protect Online Photos: Copying, Watermarks & Copyrights;
- Image Resizing
- Sharpening & Detail
- and a ton more......
Stay tuned... as I start my annual digital learning marathon for the next two weeks, I will offer quick tips that readers of ASK Harriete can use to improve their images and web site.
Start the new year with renewed visibility.
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