Everybody has to start somewhere no matter what endeavor it is. Our favorite sports idols were once trying to figure out how to kickflip in their driveway or trying to survive their first lap in the pool. In this same way, photographers all have to start somewhere. For me, it was with my grandfather’s Nikon FTn camera and a handful of film. From there I got my first Canon DSLR and have been shooting digital ever since. As we all know, one of the most freeing things about digital is being able to see what you shot immediately on the back of the camera. But, what we often don’t talk about is how difficult it is to learn and conquer the daunting task of post-processing in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Aperture, etc. etc. etc. For me, it was easy(ish).
[Welcome to Lynda.com]
I had the fortune of finding an amazing website right off the bat and learning these huge and amazing programs became a whole hell of a lot easier because of it. Sure, you can watch YouTube videos and pick a little trick here or there, but if you don’t have the foundations in Photoshop, Lightroom, (most likely) Dreamweaver, or similar programs you’ll never really learn how to edit the way you want to. In order to learn this, many attend an expensive art school, I chose to learn at Lynda.com.
Lynda.com is an amazing resource for developers, photographers, creatives, business professionals, and basically anybody who interacts with people, programs, and the creative process. The site is a collection of Tutorials, Videos, and Learning Materials aimed to help those of us not willing to drop $200k on a degree (or freshen up for those of you who may have but need quick refresher) learn how to use the tools we need to develop our craft. I was able to learn how to develop a website, learn the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop, and start to develop a workflow process that has jumped my learning curve through the roof compared to others starting from scratch. I still watch videos to learn new, advanced techniques and try to look at others’ works to develop an ongoing style, but without these basics I would have had no idea what the tools actually did and how to work on photos in a non-destructive manner.
[A quick preview of a specific tutorial content]
So, your helpful tidbit for this week is go over to Lynda.com, give it a free trial, and then cough up the $25/month for the entry level membership and learn. You should always be willing to spend some money to continue your learning process and this is a cheap, amazing, and non-contractual way to get out there and learn something you may have feared learning before!
[My current playlist full of tutorial goodness…]