What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
My Name is Tracy Williams and I am an Australian photographer and digital artist. I specialize in surreal art, I love taking normal everyday things and turning them into dreamy worlds. While I hope to be creating art and travelling full time one day; I also manage the office for my husband’s electrical business.
What inspired you most to become a Photoshop artist? Why did you pursue this as a career?
A couple of years ago I bought my first camera to take photographs of makeup, I then discovered the 365 project. I started my project hoping to learn more about photography and I quickly realised I wanted to edit my images. I purchased my first version of Photoshop and watched as many online tutorials I could. It wasn’t long before I was completely in love with both photography and Photoshop.
Now I create beautiful surreal images, run a stock shop on my website and I am starting out with instructional tutorials.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
I have found the biggest obstacle is marketing, when you are first starting out money is very tight and if you are like me you have invested in gear and software which leaves very little left over.
With all the new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Being a composite artist the selection tools are very important to me however I also use puppet warp on a very regular basis. Iris blur has also become a tool I use often, it’s very handy to blend an image as a whole, I am constantly learning new things every day and software update is very exciting.
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
There are two that I check out every day. Adrian Sommeling’s style mesmerizes me, his skill is amazing and the way he interacts with his fans is fabulous. Caras Ionut’s art is out of this world, it’s so good and his tutorials are fantastic. Both of these artists have played a huge role in shaping who I am and what I want to create and both of them have taken time out of their busy lives to offer me advice and steer me in the right direction, I will forever be grateful for their help.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photography the best?
500px is my favourite then deviantart; I do use flickr and google+ as well. Facebook is moving up and is probably the best place to start for networking.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Honestly I believe that social networks are already a must have, everything I know about Photoshop and Lightroom has come from social networks. The times that I have been published I was contacted through social networks and I think unless you already know contacts in the industry it is vital tool.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
Recently I have listened too many arguments about the Adobe Creative Cloud and I personally think it’s great that Adobe has made Photoshop and Lightroom more accessible to people. I believe we will see a lot of outstanding art from people who may not have had the means to create before.