In Praise of the Digital Assistant
Throughout the ages artists have used assistants to help with the creation of their work. From the revered Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn to the contemporary American art star Jeff Koons, and the thousands in-between, all have employed assistants to execute the craft of the work while the master concentrated upon the creative gravitas of the task in hand.
Now in the 21st Century as the driverless car and 3d printing are replacing the professional with the digital, so too the Photoshop expert is being replaced by over-the-counter workflows. From the professional with a high end expensive DLSR via the entry level hobbyist with their point and shoot to the experimental artist exploring the capabilities of their smart phone, these workflows can enhance their finished prints to a museum standard.
For portraiture or snaps at a friend’s wedding, Sleeklens’ Portrait Perfection collection of Photoshop tips, tricks and workflows can install an editing and retouch artist upon a laptop or a desktop. And as has always been the case the award-winning photograph is made in the darkroom.
Since Photoshop become the undisputed gold standard in photographic post production, this suite of actions just makes life easier. For the professional, for whom time is money, the collection is a real time saver. For the hobbyist, the often-overwhelming complexities of Photoshop have become a lot less daunting. Whilst the experimental photographer can use this arsenal of tools to create an aesthetic far removed from that of the up-market glossy magazine.
Where once a craftsman was employed to paint the sky, the folds in the drapery or the blush on a maiden’s cheek, today they come as a download. Giving the photographer the time to follow their dream by concentrating upon those aspects of their art that enriches the soul for both themselves and their audience.
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