What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
My name is Serge Ramelli and I’m a French photographer living in Paris. I specialize in urban landscapes and interior design photography. I have also written a number instruction books on Photoshop and Lightroom and created a vast library of training videos.
What inspired you most to become a Photoshop artist and trainer?
Since I was a kid I always loved to create images in drawing or with the help of the computer. For a long time I wanted to be a 3D artist but the learning curve was rough. One day as I was on holidays with a friend of my mine who was really good at using Photoshop, and he showed me how to retouch the portrait of girl. It was a very cool result. This was a major moment for me. I decided that I wanted to learn photography and post processing to make cool images.
Years later as I became more competent, I started getting emails from Photographers that wanted to learn how I did some effects. I love to share, so I gradually started doing training videos. I started selling them in French on a website called tuto.com and it became the second best-selling author of the website with over 70,000 videos sold.
As I started speaking English I decided to make my own post processing show on YouTube, mainly on Lightroom and it took off internationally: http://www.youtube.com/cmoeu/
Why did you pursue this as a career?
I love to share and I love receiving emails of people telling me that they know they got their photos to look like the way they wish, or started a career as a professional photographer. I have never experience a better feeling than helping another human being in doing better art.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
The biggest obstacle is probably making enough money to follow your passion and take care of your family. It took a few years before I got good enough to make a living as a photographer. With today’s market you have to be really good at Photoshop and Lightroom, because your competition most certainly is.
But there is a point when you are getting better and better and you will start pulling clients and that is the point when your photos create a really big emotional impact on yourself and others.
With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
How the quick select tools got better over the years, it makes amazing composite possible and the sky is the limit. Also the whole content aware technology really speeds things up to clean up an image.
What Photoshop artists/creatives do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
Scott Kelby is an amazing teacher and a great man. I follow him for the information he has on the market and his amazing portraits technics. Also Kelbyone.com is the best and most complete resources on photography and post processing. I learned most of the techniques from there.
In my opinion, Erik Almas is the best Photoshop artist in the world, and I love Glyn Dewis’ composites and tutorials.
What social networks do you like most?
YouTube, 500px, Facebook and Google+
Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
500px, Youtube (for diaporamas) Google+ is better for showing your photos, though Facebook has improved a lot.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks?
It is the most effective way to promote your art and business. Everybody is there and it is going to be more and more used in the future. People are turning away from old media: Newspaper, TV, Magazine and are jumping onto YouTube, blogs and social networks.
How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
By giving the opportunity for anyone that is good to have his work shared over and over. All the artist has to concentrate on is to create an emotional impact!
One has to be good at business to make it, especially to market yourself and spend enough time on social networks, but first you have to work on creating an emotional impact to your full satisfaction.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Photography?
That it is going to be even more creative, especially with the use of composites when we can create worlds only limited by our creation. I think Adobe should create tools to extract even better, and blend colors more easily between elements so that anybody can assemble items taken here and there.
For example I would love a tool where you put an element extracted on a background and it automatically determines the lights and colors of the background and applies to the foreground elements. So we don’t have to go into many levels, curves or selective colors to make it fit.