Profile Reflections #3

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
We all have different levels of experience. One of the reasons I started the blogroll and, subsequently, these profiles was to network with other photographers so that we could all learn from each other. Whether we’ve been at it since we were kids or we’ve only just begun, whether we’re pros or hobbyists, we all have something to learn, and we all have something to offer.

  • “Photographer since 1984, Photoshop user since late 1980’s” – Bruce L. Snell
  • Started using Photoshop at version 2.0, and I was a traditional film photographer for years before that.” – Scott Kelby
  • “I am photographing from about time when I was eight years. I had some breaks. And I do not use photoshop, I use Picture Window Pro as it fits more my approach as a photographer and it is cheaper.” – Richard Vanek
  • “I think I’ve always been a photographer, starting with box cameras and Kodak Instamatics as a kid, graduating to 35mm when I was around 12. I began using a Mac in 1986 and used Digital Darkroom software before switching to Photoshop – possibly even with version 1.” – Michael Snell
  • “I have been using Photoshop and other Adobe applications for a longer time than I have been into photography. The first time I tried Photoshop was in the fall of 1999, when I took the first two semesters of the graphic designer-class we have here in Denmark. I got into serious photography in the end of 2003, where I bought my first DSLR and began shooting various projects and assignments for different clients.” – Martin Andreasen
  • “I have been taking pics since the late 60’s and using Photoshop for the past 8 years. I have been seriously taking pics for the past 9 months.” – Jim Larimer
  • “I can barely use Word. Eduardo has been using Photoshop for years though.” – Eduardo Angel and Timothy Campbell
  • “I started using – and teaching – Photoshop back in its original version. In fact every application that I teach, I have used since version 1 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom).” – Dave Cross
  • “I started photography back in the early 1980’s but then lapsed for various reasons. I got interested again about two years ago and bought a DSLR, although it’s only in the past 8 months that I’ve really begun to use it seriously.” – Mike Holley
  • “I’ve been using Photoshop off and on for about six years, but only about three years for photography.” – Amy Archer
  • “So long I don’t remember (laughs) – I think around Adobe 4.5” – Clayton Spangler
  • “14 Years” – Mike McHugh
  • “Photoshop – 14 Years, Photographer – 5 Years” – Matt Kloskowski
  • “Since I was 8.” – David Hobby
  • “I have been using Photoshop since July of 2006 and I have been a photographer since November of 2005.” – Lynda Walldez
  • “Three point five years/Two point five years” – Joey Lawrence
  • “Photoshop – 10 years, Photographer – 2 years (but I’m not much of a photographer)” – Justin Seeley
  • “I have been shooting since I was in high school. That puts it at about 25 years now. Having been a Windows user from the beginning of my computing days, I didn’t jump on board with Photoshop until version 2.5. At the time I was wrestling between that and Aldus Photostyler. After Adobe purchased Photostyler, it was all Photoshop from there on out.” – Jeff Revell
  • Photographer since age 7 (gotta love the old 110’s) and a Photoshop user since the early 1990’s on an old school Mac Classic.” – Tom Moore
  • “I started using Photoshop with version 6, and that is about the same time that I took up photography as a true passion. Before that I was just a casual shooter that picked up a camera only for vacations and family get togethers.” – Andy Biggs
  • “I started using Photoshop my freshman year in college, 1993. I was used to MacPaint-class tools, so when my friend pointed out Photoshop, it was a real revelation. As for photography, I’ve had an interest as long as I can remember. As a little kid I used to snap away as much as my parents’ film budget would allow, and when they first got an SLR I loved experimenting with things like shutter speed. Unfortunately I was too lazy to really learn enough, so I ended up drawing more as that came easily to me (and didn’t cost much!).” – John Nack
  • “Photoshop since version 2.5, Serious photographer since 2004” – Terry White
  • “I’ve been a photographer since my teenage years working for the local newspaper. I got hooked on Photoshop 2.5, and have been using the application ever since.” – Derrick Story
  • “I’ve been taking photographs since I was about 7. My dad use to process his own black and white stuff in my brothers bedroom and that’s when I was given my first camera. I think it was a Vivitar with 110 mm film. I first started using Photoshop around version 5. I had been using Paint Shop Pro before that. I loved Photoshop right away and even now am very pleasantly surprised that my career revolves around it.” – Jennifer Farley
  • “I started in Photography as a hobby when I was 12 years old processing my own film and prints.  My first enlarger was my little sister’s “Give-a-Show” projector.  I photographed my first wedding at age 15, graduated with a Physics degree and Engineering degree in 1971 at age 23, and opened my studio in 1978.   Regarding Photoshop – I go back to Photoshop 5.  I could do it all back then, but all I could do was burn, dodge, clone, and crop.” – David Ziser
  • “I have been shooting since I took photography classes at NOVA when I was stationed at the Pentagon, serving in the Army in the late 80’s.   My Chief Warrant Officer let me take classes on Friday’s during my tour there. Photoshop – I have been on with PS4, off until 7, on again with CS2 and 3.  I never really had a grip of it (layers) until the past few years.  I made myself a promise to quite trying to make the image with it and start getting it right in the camera.  Stop trying to be a graphic artist and be a photographer.” – Mike Palmer
  • I’ve been shooting seriously now since getting my digital SLR 18 months ago but at the time I was using the iPhoto software that came with my Mac for a limited amount of processing.  As I viewed other blogs it became apparent that almost everyone was using photoshop for image processing so I finally bit the bullet and bought a copy just over a year ago.  From that point on there is no going back, anyone serious about their photography should be using this software.  For those just starting out with photoshop should have a look at the “Photoshop Workbench” videos on the Radiant Vista website (” – Stephen Waterfall
  • “I fell into the design/advertising agency business in 1991 – so I got to see the whole evolution of Photoshop. I was a writer back then, but I got to see talented designers learn and master Photoshop. I went out on my own in 1998 and jumped into design. I’ve been using Photoshop ever since. I learned photography in high school, spent five years as a TV photojournalist, and then after a long break took up digital photography in 2004.” – Doug Stremel
  • “I’ve been using Photoshop since 2002. I started out with 7 and made the jump straight to CS2 and I’m now working with CS3 Extended. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures but didn’t get serious about it until I traveled around the world in college in 2002.” – Jason D. Moore
  • “To a small extent, I’ve photographed since I was a kid, but the first quality camera came only a few years ago with the advent of digital cameras.” – Andy Smith
  • “I’ve been a photographer for about 45 years. I’ve been using Photoshop for a very long time. Maybe since 1998 or so.” – Dave Beckerman
  • “I’ve used Photoshop since before it was released by Adobe. I can’t remember when I wasn’t into visual stuff… I owned my first camera sometime in grade school and owned my first serious 35mm camera in high school and a 4×5 in college.” – Ben Willmore
  • “Photoshoppin’ since 1991. “Photographer” since 2003.” – Aaron Johnson
  • “I’ve been a photographer since I was seven years old. I’ve been using Photoshop since 2003.” – Kathleen Connally
  • “I’ve been photographing for about 20 years, and have been using Photoshop for about 4 years. Before that, I was still trying to get the results I wanted the traditional way – with a small darkroom in my basement.” – Paul Politis

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