The other side of it, however, was that this was a small community newspaper which meant in addition to writing and editing I was also enlisted as a photographer. Thus, with 35 mm in hand, and very little training, I took my minimal skills and slightly above average creative ability to garden parties, hockey games and children's events.
I learned to develop film and print pictures and found myself enjoying a new interest. Taking a photo that was less than perfect, cropping it for greater impact, dodging and burning to improve quality was challenging and fun. Taking the almost unusable and working enough magic to include in that week's edition was extremely satisfying.
And then came digital cameras and Photoshop. With a quick PS 101 course as we transitioned, I learned the necessary basics. I also learned that I would have sat for hours and played with this new toy given the opportunity. Sadly, deadlines ensured I never got it.
I've promised myself in the four years since leaving the newspaper business, though, that I would someday improve those skills. Anyone interested in the same thing will enjoy these links I found enroute to fulfilling that goal:
Creative Bloq 30 Photoshop Secrets to Improve Skills
abduzeedo.com How to Improve Your Photoshop Skills
psd tuts+ Steps to Improving Your Photoshop Skills
DZine Blog 10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Photoshop Skills
92pixesl Photoshop Tutorials to Improve Your Skills
orphic pixel 7 Simple Steps to Enhance Your Photoshop Skills
Lightstalking Videos for Improving Photoshop Skills
Creative Overflow 20 Tutorials to Boost Your Photoshop Skills