Repeat What You Know to Master It

Repeat What You Know to Master It

You can watch as many YouTube videos as you want. The only way you will ever know how to do something well is if you’ve actually done it, and repeated it a few times to make it stick.

I can swap faces in Photoshop to suit the chosen composition better, and I can add hair over a woman’s breast if it's too raunchy for the cover of a magazine.

I know how to do it, because I’ve been using Photoshop almost daily for the past 12 years. And I know my way might not be the best or fastest way, but I know I’ll be able to deliver when I tell a client I can do it.

What has changed over the past few months is that I have been exploring Premiere Pro and by doing this I put Photoshop on the back-burner. About a week ago I had to open up an image to change the skin tone, and it took me a bit longer and it wasn’t as natural as it used to be. It wasn’t intuitive. It wasn’t the software or the file I was editing. It was the fact that I wasn’t used to it anymore.

With that said, I've decided that I am not going to pursue expanding to video production, as I find more joy in shooting and editing a images than I do editing video. I also think there's a sense of longevity with a photograph. It's a different medium with different purposes.

Metro is life in Paris. It's how the city's energy flows. A deep breath in the morning. Scattered among the day you'll find moments of rebellion. To be. To wait and dream.

Photoshop is not like riding a bike.You need to use it often and do it as much as you can. It’s the only way you’ll master it. Even if you get some criticism or make mistakes. It’s part of the process. If you don't practice constantly, you'll lose it, and this could actually cause you to be hard on yourself, thinking that you're not really as good as you once were, or, thought you were. And that can be avoided with consistency and by keeping at it.

My Routine

I go out every day now with my iPhone or Fujifilm X-T20 to shoot. I am not sure what I will get, and a lot of the shots are not great, but I know it's the way to get progress and become better at it. 

I then edit the photos in Photoshop, to make sure I use apps and keep my skills fresh and my workflow updated. 

I basically missed this shot, and that's OK. Technically it's out of focus and blurred, but I got the face in the background, and how his guitar might help with the pain experienced. The poster is of a movie called "Escape Game," which would've been great to capture if I had a wider lens, which I didn't. 

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Simon Patterson's picture

What was the relevance of the final image and associated text to this article? I'm not sure how it fits as a conclusion to support the heading.

Or is the whole post intended as a "stream of consciousness" article, where one thought is not really intended to connect with the next?