What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I have a few titles I guess. I’m the guy behind TipSquirrel, something I’m very proud of. Its an incredible team and I’m proud to have bought them together. I handle all the social media, email etc which I absolutely love! I’m a lecturer at the Media and Journalism Centre here in Peterborough. It’s a great place to work, photo studio, TV studio, recording studio ans three radio studios! Its an aladin’s cave of loveliness. My background’s in editing moving images so I was taken on by the MJC to teach Premier Pro. I’ve filtered through the different departments and have taught a range of subjects, from Ident Design to Photography.
Then there’s private work. I do some portrait photography as well as retouching and restoration. Occasionally I’ll edit a video or two too.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer/photo artist? Why did you pursue this as a career?
I didn’t really pursue it, it was a natural progression from Premier Pro. I was taken ill some time ago and a friend had upgraded his Photoshop and asked if, while I was housebound if I’d like his old copy to learn something new. I fell instantly in love with it! Photography allows me to be creative. Working on an image in Photoshop gives me the same pleasure as I get from playing music. I wish I was better at both, but that drives me on I guess.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
Self-belief. I wish I was more able to sell myself and work, but there’s that constant fear that someone’s going to find me out one day! As a teacher of creative subjects I see this all the time, but I can empathize , and hopefully I can be encouraging and positive.
With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Content aware takes my breath away every time I use or demonstrate it and now the advances in the Camera Shake stun me! I had saved a lovely photo of my dad taken a few years ago despite it being blurred, Camera Shake bought it back, that was a lovely moment when it ‘popped’ back all sharp.
Video editing is a great gain. CC has it as standard and its coming on in leaps and bounds. Being able to colour correct, mask and all that Photoshop has to offer is amazing. What I really love is running Camera Raw on video!
What Photoshop artists/creatives do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
Of course I follow and admire all the Photoshop Nuts, past and present, I approached them to be a part of the site because I was a fan.
I get lost in Pinterest and 500px for hours as I go from artist to artist.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
I love Twitter. Others I fall in and out of love with depending on my mood. I complain about Facebook the most, but you’ll still find me there! G+ is amazing for sharing images and the communities work very well. With Google teetering on the edge of image editing I’m sure G+ and Google will become a major player in the very near future, watch out Photoshop?
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?
Image sharing is and will be a major part of any social network, where would we be without an ‘Oh no it’s Monday’ kitten? Adobe are edging their way in with Behance and, the underrated in my opinion, Revel.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Photography?
I’ve ranted on about this already but mobile apps for sure. Tablets are becoming the new laptop and generations are being bought up with touchscreen technology. Personally I still want a stylus in my hand but that’s probably showing my age. I worry too that in general people are becoming too complacent about their photography. I’m not talking photographers, but people in general. It seems ok to share 100 photos in an album, of which 70 are the same, 60 are blurred and 20 need rotating.
In the days of film every shot counted, you didn’t want to run out of film before the end of the day and beside that, every shot had a monetary value. Don’t get me wrong, I have a tone of terrible photos, I just don’t share them….. often.
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