taking risks and erring on the side of caution with photo shop

posted on 27th of october, 2007

if i had written this last week like i planned it would be all about taking risks with my post processing. being a little more aggressive, not being afraid of pushing saturation and contrast just a bit. finally getting some isolated shots that i was proud of, because i took some chances
i have always been too critical and too worried that it wasn't just right most of the time i would end up deleting the image before i ever gave it a chance. however i did take the chance and got some accepted.

now it is this week. yet again the discussion of photoshop brushes and shapes has come up and i have put my portfolio under a microscope. i have over the past year purchased from a 3rd party dealer a major amount of photo shop additions. he assures me that i have complete and legal right to use them however i see fit, including commercial uses. he is a very trusted member of NAPP, national association photoshop professionals, and many graphic artists use his site.

i have added to my presets tremendously and had my creative spirit bursting with ideas. i have been very busy this year building my portfolio, creating, feeling more at ease with my art and enjoying it immensely, until yesterday.

yesterday someone posted on the message board a post about free photo shop brushes. Achilles replied a couple of times and all of my paranoia about legitimate use went haywire. since last night i have deleted and or disabled nearly 100 images combined from all of my sites i contribute to, whether it is stock or business cards,greeting cards, etc.

again i have been told i am free to use them, i have purchased them with that license and yet now i am afraid to use them at all. i still have more that i will scrutinize. i have asked the man i purchased them from to give me something legal to stand on. i have approached him before and got the info needed at that point to use them, but now i feel i need new assurances.

so what began as a week of risk taking and feeling wonderful about it has taken a nose dive into a weekend of erring on the side of caution and feeling rather depressed about the loss of resources.

bottom line is i am a Christian and have a responsibility to act upon knowledge that may affect my integrity. i have done that and have more to consider...now to decide where to go from here.

i am learning more and hopefully will stretch myself even more, i will have more of my creative muscles at use and hopefully will come out the better for it.

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Photo credits: , Denise Milana Beverly.

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I am in constant wonder of the world that God has created for us. I owe any and all genes for photography to my daddy. battling hard against cancer and depression in his later years, he will always be the strapping young man in the photo to me...i love you daddy, you are a gift! Safe in the arms of Jesus 3/13/07

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