Ah yes, a throwback (on a Thursday, you say?!) from my earliest days in Photoshop. Did this for a Xanga entry way back in August of 2004. Good old Photoshop 7.
The photo itself is circa 1993 when we lived in Singapore for a year. Older brother here is in 1st grade and I was in Pre-K. I still know and can sing the Mandarin nursery rhymes they taught us. Just don't ask me what the lyrics actually mean.
Photoshop has been an essential tool for my growth in photography, and without the genuine interest I had early on, I don't think I'd have the knack to do the things I do now. Through all the iterations up until CS6, it's been exciting to see how far the features have come.
I've since gone from
Simple, silly brush and text editing, to
Basic layers, cloning and cleaning up, to
Beauty retouching, contouring, and the Brenizer Method, to
A combination of everything plus off-camera flash.
This all in nearly a decade of online tutorials, self-teaching, and "messing around." And I'm still definitely learning, only having adopted Lightroom in the past two or so years. But that's a whole other entry on its own. The two are certainly indispensable and inseparable now.
Kind of like siblings.
Check out an entire behind-the-scenes walkthrough video of a Typical Editorial Shoot.