What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
This one is a hard one, I do so much that it really depends on the task at hand! But according to my LinkedIn profile, I’m an “Online Instructor, Designer, & Developer“, So we’ll go with that! 🙂
As for my daily responsibilities, I of course work on Photoshop Training Channel, and on any other projects I have going on.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer/photo artist?
Growing up I used to read a lot of comic books, so I started drawing a lot. At some point, I started playing around with digital graphics, and I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun with it, so kept doing it.
Why did you pursue this as a career?
It’s fun. It’s as simple as that. Like all other careers there are pros and cons, but at the end of the day I really do enjoy it, and have a lot of fun doing it.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
The biggest obstacle would be, learning to become a business person as well as a creative professional. Most people are too involved with the art and the technical aspects of their field (which is good), but more often than not, creatives completely disregard the business aspect of their careers. We must remember that at the end of the day we need to put food on the table and business skills are required to be a successful creative professional. Creatives must learn to market their skill set and learn how to correctly demonstrate the value of their work so they can get fairly compensated for their services.
With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
I’m really liking the new Perspective Warp tool, it can do some amazing things!
What Photoshop artists/creatives do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
I follow a lot of people, and there is a lot of great talent out there, but if I had to name just a few, then I would have to go with Bert Monroy and Ben Wilmore.
I’ve always been a fan of Bert Monroy, he can create some incredibly realistic images using nothing but Photoshop. He is Photoshop user #6 and co-wrote the first book on Photoshop, so as you can imagine he is a wealth of information, and does truly know the software inside and out. You simply can’t have a conversation with Bert without learning something new.
Ben Willmore is a very talented Photographer who really knows his stuff, I’ve never seen anyone explain so clearly some of the most complex tools in Photoshop. He is like an encyclopedia for color correction. I have learned a lot from him.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
I’m on Facebook the most, but I’m also on all the other big networks, Pinterest, Twitter, Google +, and LinkedIn.
For Photoshop and Photography I would choose Facebook and Pinterest. Both networks do a great job of displaying images, and both can lead a lot of traffic to your website with the right images.
I know a lot of creatives are worried of other people sharing their work on social networks or other websites and they simply won’t post anything because of this fear. I think it’s unfortunate because this is the best form of free marketing available! Creatives shouldn’t fear social networks, we should embrace them!
Look at Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York. His Facebook page has 3.5 million likes! His photos are shared all over the internet (With no water mark!). But yet, we all know who he is. Do you think he has trouble finding clients or making money? Of course not. He learned to use Facebook as a Marketing tool for his Photography. His book, which sales on Amazon, has over 900 reviews, 800 of those are 5-star reviews. Sure, his photography is good, but the true key to his success is his ability to market his talent using social media.
This goes back to a that previous question about the obstacles for pursuing a creative career. We focus too much on the art and not enough on the business. We have this romanticized notion that our art is sacred and that no one should share it on Facebook if we don’t get paid or give explicit permission. In my opinion, that is a completely outdated notion, and it hurts us more than it benefits us. Of course everyone is to do as they please with their work, and their business, but I would suggest to take advantage of the tools that are available to us. Specially those that generate great returns on investment.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks?
They will continue to do what they’ve been doing for the last 7 years or so. Connect people, and allow them to share what is important to them. The format or platform may change, but the fact is that we will continue to share cat videos in one way or another.
How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Art and Photos were created to be seen, and I think these networks will create tools that allow for more people to see your work. Whether it is by having better tools to target your audience or by making it easier for users to share great work.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Photography?
I think the $9.99 monthly subscription has opened the doors for more people to get involved in Design and Photography, specially at an early age. This should create more competition and raise the level of work we see.
As far as Photoshop itself goes, I’m sure new technologies will create tools which make some tasks easier or even obsolete. But I think the biggest changes and additions will come in areas not directly related to Photography, such as 3D animation, motion graphics, and video editing. Photoshop may one day become your one-stop-application for all your creative needs.
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