I havent touched Photoshop since 2008..
Photoshop scared the crap out of me. I remember my first newborn shoot I had done a lot of research to learn how to do the cool effects. I thought oh photoshop is easy! Until after my shoot I learned I had no idea what i was doing. But i did know how to use Lightroom.
Lightroom was my safety net, but how do I change the background?!
I was hoping I could learn to change my background in Lightroom. I knew how to use the clone tool, as well as the brushes. For the most basic uses at least. I had no idea though if it would really work, and if it didn't I had no idea what would happen with that gorgeous photo I had just taken.
Surprised myself! It took me 2 hours to complete, but I succeeded without photoshop.
I took two whole hours editing and using my clone tool, learning my brushes, learning what all the sliders actually did in lightroom. I took a photo of a poor blanket, dads arms, and way too much of a mess to a SOLID BLACK BACKGROUND! And suceeded with out EVER touching photoshop.
Photoshop isn't so bad.
Even though that one photo turned out amazing in lightroom i realized I could have saved a lot more time just using photoshop. Now i am relearning how to use photoshop and realizing it is not so scary at all! I now have added snow, backgrounds, and now working on creating levitation.
I thought editing would be easy.
I thought coming into editing it wouldnt be hard. When you look at all the other photographers photos i think, Oh I can do that easily! It was not that easy. It has been a LOT of practice and patience, and testing. Looking back at my photographs I can criticize myself and realize how much more I have to learn.