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My Starting Point

Posted 11-21-2007 at 09:35 AM by palms

I think my interest in this hobby (not sure what name you would call it ) took off when i had my first digital camera, which was a small (under 1megapixel) thing, but cost then about the £100 mark (which is all my subsequent camera's have cost up to the 8mp one i have now). I took some great images with it, but the quality is bad to say the least and i am always going to try and do something with them , but haven't got round to it so far ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I was then using Paint Shop Pro, i think i started with version 5 which was being given away free on a magazine, I then continued on up to version 8 which i still have around somewhere but alas unused for a few years now.
I not only changed camera's but also the software i now use ps7 and I am not in a hurry to upgrade just yet, as i am still learning things all the time on it.
The same goes with my camera after a good hard think i decided to stick with my little camera's and being a happy snapper, occasionaly i think i would like a better one but then the cost and all the extra learning i would have to do has put me off for a while
Included here is probably my most favorite image took with that first digital camera
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    Palms, just who is that adorable little one in your photo? Nice capture that will be a treasure for life, I'm sure.

    I suspect that most of us became interested in photo editing only after the digital revolution. I'd read about retouching using paints on the actual photo, but had never seriously thought about trying to do it myself. Being able to work on a digital copy and re-work it (repeatedly) while learning some basic skills opened the door to thousands of hours of enjoyment and fulfillment for many of us. I can remember working on an old deteriorated photo of my mother's father (he died when she was young) and making it look better -- that was a thrill that led to a new addiction hobby that led to another reason for wanting a digital camera (easier than scanning) and led to joining forums and meeting like-minded addicts hobbyists like you!

    Then some people started making other changes to photos to make them look LESS like photos and more like (gasp!) paintings. Never having been artistic, I held off trying any "art techniques", but found it both relaxing and educational when I finally gave it a try. I doubt I'll ever have the patience you show when you do a smudge painting, but I love your results -- your love of what you do shows in your work!
    Posted 11-22-2007 at 11:17 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    palms's Avatar
    that is my grandson who is now 6 and the important 1/2
    and thank you for the kind comments,
    Oddly enough i sort of bi passed the restoration side,I have done a bit but i really don't have the patience for it, and I am in awe of those that do

    Posted 11-22-2007 at 12:19 PM by palms palms is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar
    Oddly enough, I hadn't taken much more than snapshots of the kids for twenty years when our family was given one of the very first digital cameras. As you say, the quality of the camera wasn't the best. And the shutter lag was abysmal. But for me, it was a jumping off point. By this time, the kids were nearly grown and I was looking for something new. Enter the current cameras and lenses. I've never looked back.

    But that is putting the cart before the horse, sort of. My son did some computer work for someone else and got paid with a photo editing program. He didn't want it and gave it to me. WOW, what a world that opened for me. I had literally thousands of genealogy photos and such. badly in need of restoration. I was well into the photo editing before the camera/photography bug bit me again.

    Photo art came much later. I've taken inspiration from everyone here and enjoyed the learning process more than I can say. The AHB took a long time for me to learn; and smudge painting is taking even longer. Your technique is great. Your sharing of that technique is generous and kind. Keep being an inspirational teacher. Your love of what you are doing shows. Thank you for sharing.
    Posted 03-21-2008 at 06:53 AM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    Thank you Janet for providing not only some great photo's to work with but words of encouragement
    oh stick at the smudging you will get there with practice

    Posted 05-23-2008 at 06:36 AM by palms palms is offline

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