Well the last few weeks have been really hectic, but thankfully, very productive:
Back on February 24th, after studying for what seemed like an eternity, I sat and passed the Adobe ACE exam. As well as other things, this was one of my goals for 2007 and it was such a relief to pass. Any of you that use Photoshop, in particular CS2, will know what a massive program it is. Well, I didn’t want to be someone that just plays at it; my personality is to push myself to constantly learn more and more. The good thing about Photoshop is, no matter how good you become, you never stop learning. By the way, the qualification gives me the A.C.E. which is short for Adobe Certified Expert.
I’ve also recently come back from a 4 day course in the Peak District going over Portrait and Wedding Photography techniques; in particular concentrating on studio lighting. This was at the “Peak Photography Centre” just outside of Buxton and to put it in laymen’s terms, it was AWESOME!!! The course instructor for the 4 days was Simon Watkinson – a truly outstanding photographer with incredible knowledge. The photograph at the top of this post, is of a very good friend of mine, Albi Mancinelli and his beautiful wife Clare; I took this recently to show the type of lighting effects learned on the course. (Click on the photo to enlarge it).
On the photography front, I’m now a member of the Royal Photographic Society and am also pushing for Licenciship with the B.I.P.P. (British Institute of Professional Photographers) so, as well as having the Adobe Certified Expert, I’ll also have my Licenciship (another goal achieved).
Anyway, I guess that’s enough for now, so I’ll sign off and catch up with you soon.