Monday, October 15, 2007

Addictions Come in Many Forms

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This is the sort of thing that sometimes happens when I decide to spend just a few minutes playing in Photoshop. (Really. Promise. I won't be much longer. How much time have I been doing this?! That's not possible. Are you sure?) I still say there should be a warning label on Adobe's product. "This software can be addictive for certain personalities. Side effects include lost sleep, damaged relationships, poor work habits, reduced productivity, depleted bank account, large numbers of destroyed brain cells during the learning process, and, in some cases severe dependency. Use with caution and at your own risk."


  1. I really like this image, Anita. It has a strong sense of mood and it's abstract enough to get you thinking. I don't do many of these for the very reasons you mention. I rarely spend more than 15 to 30 minutes on an image in Photoshop (although my workflow isn't exactly trivial). I've always felt that if an image needed hours of work, perhaps it wasn't worth it. That, of course, doesn't apply to this one. You needed to spend the time to create the effect.

    Again, a compelling photograph.

  2. Thanks for the comments, Paul.

    When I come up for air after one of these Photoshop "binges", I often ask myself what was I thinking? Periodically, I seem to be compelled to lose myself in one of these explorations. Unfortunately, I can spend hours in that state of getting lost and finding my way again. I find myself immersed in the subject, the process, the subject, the process... One moment I am leading, the next I am following. The hours melt away.

    Fortunately, I don't get pulled into one of those sessions on a daily basis or I would never get anything done--nor would I get any sleep. I do enjoy the Lightroom and Photoshop part of photography; on the other hand, I definitely find myself admiring more and more people who can process quickly and efficiently. Ultimately, it appears I will have to accept the fact that I need a balance between the two types of work.

    I am delighted that this image speaks to you.

  3. Anita, I love the softness of this image. Yes, Photoshop has so many options, it takes half a lifetime to try them all. I like exploring some of the free tutorials online, and it helps cut down on the amount of time I spend in that amazing program.

    (*Thanks for visiting Photo Buffet recently!) Finding your photoblog has been a nice discovery!

  4. Photo Buffet is one of my favorite sites for lovely doses of inspiration. I am delighted that you stopped by. Plus, I heartily agree with your endorsement of the many free online tutorials. There is an amazing free education out there just waiting for the curious to make the effort.


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