It has again been a while since I last posted here. A long, cold winter, while not conducive to doing a lot of running outdoors, has been good for working on various projects indoors.
One project has been to start working on some photography courses: both the camera skills and the more technical post production use of Photoshop. To that end, early in the year I subscribed to Lynda.com .
If you want to learn how to use just about any major software, Lynda.com is an amazing site. For a flat annual fee you get unlimited access to countless courses that are of top notch quality. I have been taking courses for several months now on Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Access, and WordPress. As well they offer a huge array of photography courses. I have learned a lot so far, and have so much more to learn as I have only scratched the surface of what is available. The annual cost for unlimited access is less than what you would probably pay for a weekend seminar on any one of these topics.
Anyway I have been having a lot of fun learning about various topics and have put quite a bit of it to practical use with various projects I am involved with. With the number of courses available and the number of topics I want to learn about, at times I’ve felt like a kid in a candy store.
One that has been especially fun is editing my photos from last summer in Photoshop. I can’t help myself, it just blows my mind what you can do with this amazing software. The final result is a selection of my favourite photos from my cross-country Tour du Canada last summer which I have now posted under the Gallery tab. Many of these photos were posted on my blog over the course of the summer; however, I think I have been able to spruce them up a bit. At the same time I have played around a little bit with various effects such as converting a photo to B&W or to a painting. Please feel free to leave comments as you view the Gallery.
I also bought a new camera: a Canon 70D which I am learning how to use. Hopefully some of what I have been learning in the courses will stick in my mind as I get out and have an opportunity to use my camera over several trips we have planned in the next few months. If nothing else, I am going to have fun!