– Create a timeline of daily tasks
– Continue Photoshop work
– Finalize photos for Etsy store
– Post first item on Etsy
This morning I began to learn a difficult, yet essential skill that photographers need to know: photoshop. I began this journey by having Photoshop open on the computer, all the while having a Photoshop book open as well. Upon opening the book, I became a bit overwhelmed by the wide range of topics this book covered, realizing that I will learn how to do these things was exciting, but a bit worrying too, to be honest. So, I found a channel on Youtube, called Phlearn. They make Youtube videos about photography and different Photoshop tutorials. This really helped me and I feel like I learned much more than when I was reading the book.
After that, Kathy began showing me the ropes of Photoshop. If you look at the post where I have the before and after photos of the scarf, you can see what I learned. I know it only looks like a circle and some text, but it was challenging! After we finalized those photos, I then uploaded them to Etsy, and voila! My Etsy store is now up and running. Click here to see it!
Then, Kathy and I sat down together and figured out what my daily goals will be and essentially planned the rest of my Winterim. The list is on the sidebar. I feel like this really helped me be able to visualize what the rest of my Winterim will look like. This planning will help us stay on track, so I don’t fall behind.
At this point, we decided to head out and shoot a house in Maumee. It was a two bedroom, two bathroom condo. Once we got there, Kathy showed me all the different settings on the camera. She explained to me all the different things that has to happen before taking the photo. You can’t just “aim and shoot”. For example, all the photos we took were taken on a tripod. The tripod helps steady the camera, so we don’t take a photo where everything is crooked. While that wouldn’t be the end of the world, it would take a lot more work in Photoshop to fix.
Anyway, prior to taking a photo, you have to level the camera on the tripod. I thought that you would only have to level it once, but that is false. Every time you want to take a photo, you must re-level the tripod. Kathy told me this is because houses aren’t completely level, so the the settings on the tripod change a tiny bit each photo. Then, you check to see how much light will be in the photo. There is a tiny bar at the bottom of the screen inside the camera that tells you this. You want the bar to be at zero. Whenever you adjust this setting, you are actually adjusting the shutter speed. See, I thought the shutter speed only changes when you are taking action shots, like in sports, for example. They also change in stationary photography (like real estate shooting) to adjust the amount of light you let into the photograph. So, in a bright room, you want a very short shutter speed because there is so much light in the room that a longer shutter speed would make the photo look bright and washed out. On the other hand, if you are photographing a very dark room, you can have the shutter speed very long, like thirty seconds, while allows the camera to take in as much light as possible so that it can get a good picture that doesn’t look like a black room.
Today, was a very fun day! I learned a lot, and had fun doing it. I will be able to use the information I learned today in the photographs in my Etsy store, and in the future at different events.Bonus! Here are some of the photos from the house yesterday!