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hi there, Over the years i progressed in underwater photography techniques, but my editing skills are still very very basic. I came to this realization as i happened to be shown by two experienced photographers on 2 cases how they used Photoshop, this was miles aways from my capabilities with Lightroom! My current capabilities: I have enrolled to an Adobe photo plan, so i am using Lightroom Classic for editing (but i also have the latest Photoshop version in that plan). In Lightroom Classic, besides the basic global adjustments, i have been using spot removal (backscatter), graduated filters, and i am just starting to discover the adjustment brush, using my mouse for approximative selection of area when i want to do local changes. What i'd like to learn: How/when it really is worth jumping to Photoshop. Photoshop's smart tools to easily select a shape (e.g. a fish, a diver) onto you want to make local adjustments (e.g. color adjustmnet, clarity...) without affecting the rest of the image. Smarter/quicker ways to remove Backscatter? To be clear, i don't need the knowledge to "transform" the photo into a really different scene (e.g. adding/removing objects). That is not what i am after, i just want to get more efficient at getting my work "pop out". How? Call me old school, but i still have a preference to learn on a paperbook. I can read few pages when going to bed, etc. That is practical. And i do not have a tablet. That said, if the quickest/best way to learn these skills is a set of videos or something else, i am all ears. So looking for advice on how/where to learn these skills for underwater imagery editing :-) cheers Nico
Hi. Not sure where to post this. I am looking for a mentor who can give me some help toward constructive chritisism,tips, challenges and general information on how to become a better photographer and hopefully get some prints out in the long run. I bought my first housing,a second hand Aquatica A7D in December 2014 with domes,ports,flashes,videolight, arms,lenses,macroflip with all the accessories thinkable and one more canon 7D. Could say I went all in with this purchases. Since I was only a open water diver with very limited experience,ca 12 dives or so in Norway, and had a huge Aquatica-/sea&sea-system to learn, it was some kind of a big jump into a new world. The time stopped me from trying all the settings,domes,lenses etc. before departure because of a very delayed delivery, so I was just making sure the housing did not leak and of I went. Thats the best way to do things I`ve heard. Buy a lot of new things,dont learn how it works and then travel to the other side of the planet for a `holiday`.. In preperation I did read about do`s and dont`s and whatever I could find on the topic included:`the underwater photographer`. But it is ,obviously,not the same to read about things without even having touched the gear I was going to use. The canon 7D however is a camera I have been using for some years on land and is somewhat familiar with. I left Norway and stumbled into the water in Tulamben,Indonesia with a huge rig of a camera and a mindset of shooting some small stuff. I had no idea of how small this creatures actually was.The head of a skeletonshrimp does not exactly fill the frame with a 60mm macro and a macroflip. Not that I had ever heard of such an animal before either, but the guide was very good at pointing out all the stuff I could not see or knew excisted so it was plenty of learning going on. The results after the first dives? Well, not exactly perfectish.... Kind of rubbish...No shock there! Tried to get the eyes of the skeletonshrimp in focus..Well screw that! The frustration came sneeking in. After some dives I got some `documentaryshots` from several small froghish and I learned new things all the time so it was great fun and at the same time easy to improve from the rubbish start. Now I have done the Divemasterinternship in Bunaken and Lembeh wich was great, and are more confident both in the water and with the Aquatica. My learningcurve has been visible,thankfully but it is ofcourse still so,so much more to learn. Im spending the rest of this year in Indonesia and are probably going to do the same next year, so it will be plenty of diving and shootingoppertuneties in the months to come. I am hoping someone would be so kind and patient to give me some input. It makes me in awe seeing all the great images you people at Wetpixel are making.It is truly inspiring! Really enjoing the new world with all the colors,patterns and shapes,wideangle,macro,I love it all not to mention meeting all those weird freakin` divers out there... Thanks for your time. Andreas Berntsen