Photoshop & Photography Community

First off, I’d like to wish my beautiful wife, Kim, a very Happy Engagement Anniversary! In the wee hours of April 7, 2007 after returning home from Photoshop World in Boston, Kim surprised me at my apartment to welcome me home. We spent the next several hours talking and when I presented her with my grandmother’s wedding ring, she and I decided to spend the rest of our lives together. Now, 3 years later, we have a very happy marriage, a house, an awesome puppy, and our first little one on his way at anytime.

Thank you Kim, for loving me the way you do and for sharing this adventure with me! I am truly blessed! I Love You!

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And now, on with the post…

(NOTE: This post was intended to be posted last week, but there was an error between the seat and the keyboard, later found to be an Id10-T problem, when scheduling. My apologies.)

Ever since I refocused my online presence towards Photoshop and digital photography back in 2006 with the Photoshop & Photography Blogroll, one of my main goals was to develop a community of creative people who would participate in projects and contests, offer tips and tutorials, and simply engage one another as we each develop our craft.

I have been extremely fortunate over the past few years to have gained a number of great friends and contacts through our efforts here. Admittedly, I haven’t always done the best job of keeping up with some of the regular series that have been featured here – one of the unfortunate side-effects of having a day-job and not nearly enough time in the day to commit to your passions – but I know there are some devoted readers, contributors, and partners out there who have really helped make this place what it is.

As we take some steps forward in the coming weeks and months, I’d like to make things more collaborative around here. I’d really like to get to know you better and work towards developing this site more into a community that meets the needs of the readers, fosters creative growth, and inspires us all to strive for great things.

To that end, I’d like you all to take a moment and leave a comment below. Let me know where you are, what your website is (site/blog/Flickr/Twitter/etc.), what your level of experience is, ¬†and what you’d like to see here. More interactive projects to participate in? More photo and/or product ¬†reviews? More workflows/tutorials? In what capacity would you be interested in contributing (Points of View, Guest Blogger, send in your photos for review, something else entirely…)? How can we make this a better community?

Even if you just want to share where you’re from and what you do, that would be great! I’d like to hear from everyone so, at the very least, we can begin to connect as a community.

So please, fill in the comment form below and help us get things moving in the right directions so I can continue to grow and provide you with the content and resources you’ve come to expect.

Thank you in advance!

Comments:
  • I am on Twitter as @creativelady and I follow you. I am on Facebook as http://www.facebook.com/creativelady. I enjoy photography very much. I am learning asuch as I can on my own so I have to research and read a lot. I guessy level would be amateur professional with lots to learn. So I am open to learn it however I can. Thanks for your willingness to share!

    April 7, 2010 at 3:32 am
  • Congratulations on the good home life. Sounds like it’s treating you well.

    I like the idea that you want to get more interactive with your community. For my part, I’m simply interested in the perceptions of other photographers. It could be anything from how you approach a scene, a matter of ethical concerns, workflow or just what you enjoy about it. I just like understanding different perspectives and I don’t expect any one person to know it all.

    You can find me at http://williambeem.com or @wbeem on Twitter.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:15 am
  • Greetings from Belgium!
    My main job is medicine: I am a specialist Internal Medicine with >20 years experience on intensive care and now in the emergency department of the Antwep University Hospital.
    Photography is my main hobby. After a long inactive period with analog” photography, I switched to digital in 2002. This led to a happy marriage between photography and computer manipulation of the RAW data. Over several years I teached myself Photoshop (I am still a beginner, though). Besides Photoshop, I heavily use Lightzone for photo manipulation.
    What I like on Your site? The POV entries, of course. I don’t participate in the monthly contest, that’s nothing special, You can send your pictures to multiple places to perhaps have them published on the net.
    While it was difficult to participate, I really enjoyed “On the 4th”, perhaps You should resurrect that one.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

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