Botanical Dreaming

I still don’t get Photoshop.

All of those functions


in miles of menus.

The class was half

photography, half


I arrived with my Nikon D-70.

Everyone else had D-200s.

All of them, experienced.

Me? No clue,

other than my artists eye.

Feeling inadequate

and shaky, I left early.

Looking back on the shots

I took that day,

I decided they weren’t bad.

Better to take good shots

in the first place.

Maybe I don’t need

Photoshop after all.

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

10 comments on “Botanical Dreaming

  1. lol, no we don’t need photoshop!! 🙂


  2. Patricia says:

    If it’s perfect as it is why change it? xx


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Yes, I think so. So many photographers swear by Photoshop and I think there are times when it is very useful. But with each new release, it seems to just get more and more complicated. I guess, I just enjoy doing my best so I don’t have to spend all the extra time on post processing. Thanks, Patricia!


  3. mimijk says:

    I think you are so don’t need Photoshop!


  4. My boss, who has an excellent eye and takes gorgeous photographs, invested a chunk of change in a week-long course in Photoshop at the International Center for Photography here in Gotham City a year ago. She was in over her head and most of what she learned went in one eyeball and out the other. Depending on what you’d like to do in Photoshop, maybe all you really need to know is the basics and then you figure out the rest on your own? Your flower shot looks lovely.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, V!
      Whew! A week long Photoshop course – that would make my brain hurt! The thing about a huge software package like Photoshop is: without some training, you don’t even know what it can do, much less how to do it. I suspect the learning what it can do would be a good reason to take an intensive course like that. What I actually do when I really need help is go do a tutorial on YouTube for some specific fix.


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