Topic du jour. Learning new stuff. I love learning new stuff. I learn best in a classroom with a teacher-tho' that teacher must be a good teacher. It seems some artists are amazing artists, but....they can't teach their way out of a paper bag. Teaching is an art form all itself.
Anywho...a good teacher inspires me, makes me crazy, and ends up being a blessing. With photography and processing work, hands on seems essential. Those are my hands that are on. Not a group thing where every one's hands are on. That doesn't work for me. Boy am I picky.
Video tutorials are a nice substitute teacher (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk) and a cheaper way to go. They usually show just one little tidbit. Sometimes I'll watch 2 or 3 to get different perspectives. I use them quite a bit for processing tips. When I was looking for equipment that I'd need for Cuba, videos were a big help. Choosing a camera bag that would hold all my stuff, extra stuff, laptop stuff, adapter stuff; videos helped a lot. I found one. Bingo!
Currently, its processing techniques I'm interested in. Here's the rub. I see creative images "out there" all the time. My brain notes it's cool, and interesting, and maybe I should try it sometime. And then my brain thinks about the load of laundry in the dryer, or I have to go to work, or I'm hungry, or Tula needs a walk, and well, cool, interesting and trying it have left the building with Elvis.
This happens with reading books too. Any books. Library books. It takes me 6 weeks to read a 300 page book, because I'm unable to settle down and focus. I sense that everything else should be done before I can do something fun. Do you think this hearkens back to that Saturday chore list my mom used to make? It had to be finished before any play could happen. Sure, let's blame it on mom....even though it's totally not her fault. I could blame it on ADHD. Not sure I have that, but it kind of sounds like it.
I'm glad to have this journey lesson. Truth is, I didn't do it. Truth is, I've been thinking about laundry, dog walks, etc and procrastinating. In my defense, work has been busy too-like the 10 hour day that went down yesterday. What I want to do now is keep up with the journey pace, so I did a miniature version of the lesson. That's why there's so much writing here. I'm dazzling you with words! : )
I PROMISE I'll make this list later and be more diligent about actually doing. Writing it down will help. Mind is not like a sieve, but more like a colander. I think I'll keep a notepad at my computer designated for writing down cool stuff I'd like to try.
Something I've been curious about for a long time is taking a photo and turning it into a round "planet". I don't know why this is, but each time I've seen it I wondered about it. Yesterday I decided to give it a go. I chose video tutorial and the process was so easy, I about kicked myself. WHY do I procrastinate so? Most of the time these things are sooooooo simple. Fessing up. I saw this the first time about 2 years ago. That's a long time to stay curious. I even did read about it once eons ago.
I decided to try it based on what I remembered you were supposed to do.
You take this lonely beach scene.....
.....and turn it into this. Voila.
Then I read a tutorial. Supposed to use a square image, best to choose one where both edges have similar coloring and a level horizon line. Landscapes are reported to work well.
Flip the image upside down
Filter>distort>polar coordinates>rectangle to polar
I mean, that is so easy a cave man could do it (a cave man with Photoshop).
Doorstep to Spring
And there it is.
A line does form where the circle meets that requires patching and cloning. Because of the clouds, this image didn't clean up well. I believe there's a way to remove the outside edging too and just have the circle. Will have to video that. Maybe creating a new file, fill with white, insert the image and layer mask. That might work.
You can also do them without turning them upside down.
I left the line so you can see what needs attention....and because I need to do laundry, take Tula for a walk, I'm hungry, and I have to go to work. : )
After all that, I'm not sure I'm really digging this, but I suppose it has a purpose now and then. I don't think it would be good to do it after drinking. Yikes.
Ready for the next lesson. Thank you Kat.