The online journal of a photographer in southern California.
As I explore my world, please join me and listen in on some of my thoughts transcribed along the way.
(All images are copyrighted by Anita Jesse. All Rights Reserved. Please contact me at my website, framinglightphotography, if you wish to include a photo on your site.)
Mostly, new software turns me into a quivering mass of dread and my brain turns to unset jello. On the other hand, new program also inspires me. I get excited about all the things I'm going to be able to accomplish with the new tools. That doesn't mean I learn the software quickly and easily. It's that the joy of discovery eases the pain.
On the Jesse Dread and Inspiration scale, Photoshop CS6 was a 9.5. I have eyestrain from the tutorials that I've watched and I still feel like a blithering idiot. The first time I launched CS6, my jaw dropped. My first thought was a panicky, "What program is this?!" I knew immediately that I was in for a long and steep learning curve. For me, it's a big leap from CS3 to CS6 and I'm still not done.
Would I go back? Not even that proverbial "team of wild horses" could drag me there. (Well, face it, if there were horses involved, who knows.) The point is I find CS6 a dramatic improvement over previous versions and only wish that I made the move earlier.
The new ACR alone makes the cost of the upgrade worthwhile, if you shoot RAW files. Since upgrading, I have examined RAW files previously processed in CS3 and been astonished by the untapped information. This is mostly true with the equine action photography. There were countless cases where I got everything I wanted in the image except the exposure—the black horse running into a shadow resulting in under exposure. In most cases, so far, I have found that the RAW file had all the information that I needed, after all.
And, I haven't even gotten into those incredible brushes. I like painting with the various brushes before, but this is a whole new world.
Especially if you shoot RAW files, give CS6 a try. I don't think you will be able to resist it. It's that good.
Note: new post up at http://www.anitajesse.blogspot.com/