Very excited as I begin learning to use Photoshop for editing my photos. Instead of using the photos that come along with the online course, I tried using my own. Sort of a ‘two birds, one stone’ concept. While this represents only a tiny little portion of the tools available in Photoshop, I love how much more control it offers me. I still very much prefer to get the best shot possible with just the camera but the ability to adjust certain components and remove items that I cannot avoid because, well, I just cannot pull out all of the electrical lines. (Believe me, sometimes I wish I could. While obviously necessary, they sure can muck up great scene.)
I drive by this beauty every day and was sad to learn recently that the land has been zoned for a commercial business park. While that process could take many years, I still get a little emotional at the idea that the trees and the stoic old barns may someday no longer grace this site and in their place could be large nondescript warehouses and concrete.
For the edit, as it was my first lesson, the changes were minimal. I purposefully chose a shot that I was not especially happy with, so I could see how the edits might change my attitude about the photo. A little white-balance adjustment here, some tonal adjustments there and then a little sharpening and I was impressed with how just those subtle little options were able to let me get closer to what I was seeing but unable to capture at that moment on camera. (See before picture below.)
I still have a ways to go but this has been a fun way to spend those darker evenings that accompany this change of season.