Monday, November 29, 2010

Are you ready to Find Your Eye?

(For info on how I processed this photo, see end of post.)
I am so, so excited to tell you that registration for my Find Your Eye: A photo course with heart and soul is up on!  You can read the description of the course and get the registration details here. Instead of repeating the course description, today I want to share with you the story of what's behind this course, where it came from, and why I'm doing it now.

For those of you who have read my blog for a while, you know what an amazing creative journey I have had during my time in Italy. (If you're new here, you can get a sense of it from my About Me page.) I have come in to my creative, artistic self through my photography and experiences, and I've chronicled each little step and realization along with way here. Being able to say my mantra has taken a lot of personal work: I am an artist, my medium is photography, and I have a unique vision to show the world.

Along the way of realizing this truth for myself, I've realized that this is true for everyone. We all have a  unique vision to show the world. Every one of us, whether we realize it or not. Whether we are able to see it and own it, or not. With that realization, came the growing feeling that I might have a way to help others interested in photography learn to see their unique vision, by tapping in to my experiences. I could help others to gain the confidence and freedom that has come for me, as I have found my eye.

This feeling started to grow on me, and I would jot down notes here and there. Ideas would come randomly during my walks or the shower - you know how creative ideas happen when you least expect them. I started to carry notebooks every where with me to capture these ideas so that they would leave me alone. After a while those ideas started to build themselves into a framework for the class. But not now, I would say to myself, I'll wait until I move back home, to Oregon. 

The ideas didn't leave me alone. I call it my "creative nag." All of the excuses I would come up with for not doing this now, my creative nag would slowly dispel them. Until finally, I relented. Six months ago, I sent an email to Mindy at wishstudio with this crazy idea of doing a photo course that was not like most photo courses out there, from a completely unknown quantity (me), and donating the proceeds to charity. Surprise of all surprises, Mindy was interested and even excited to see the proposal. You can see the result, it's all coming together now...

I have been given a gift, with this experience of mine in Italy. I have been given a gift, by seeing how I can help others find their eye too. It is time to give that gift back to the world, and that is what the course is about. It's not the usual digital photography course. Yes, there will be some on aperture and shutter speed and things like that - more to ensure that everyone has a foundation than to teach these in depth. That's not what I really want to share with you.  The core of the course is giving you tools and exercises that help you learn to develop, recognize and find your eye. Gain confidence in your unique vision of the world, the way you express your heart and soul in photography.

Are you ready to Find Your Eye? I hope so, because the world needs your unique vision too.

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Many thanks to Liv Lane of Choosing Beauty for featuring me as one of her Monday Mavens today with the announcement of my e-course! Stop by and say hi to Liv for me, and look around her wonderful, inspiring site.

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway I have going on for the Burano Color postcard set! All you have to do is leave a comment on last Thursday's post to enter. I will randomly draw the winner and announce here tomorrow morning.

And on today's photo... it is from one of my favorite places - Burano of course!  You've seen a lot of this tiny, colorful island recently. I wanted to share a bit about the processing on this photo, since it's not a straight color photo with minimal editing like mine usually are. I really wanted that blue to pop amidst the colors of the other buildings so I started by using a "color bleach" action in Photoshop Elements to desaturate the colors. I didn't want to go completely black and white with the image, I wanted the pink hues to come through on the other buildings. Then, I carefully erased the effects of the action over the blue of the building using a layer mask, so the original bright blue color would show through. It's a fun effect, and makes for a unique image. 

There are many, many different ways to do selective processing like this. Search "layer masks" or "selective processing" for your photo editing software to find some tutorials on the web.

Oh, and Happy Monday to you all! :)


  1. I have not used Photoshop myself. I like your opinion of all of us having our own unique take on life and a unique vision of the world.

  2. Oh, Kat, your course sounds wonderful! I'm so excited that you're doing this!!

  3. Well, I'm mighty glad you decided not to wait until your return to Oregon! But on the other hand, the sooner you leave Italy the better as I for one am mightily tired of seeing those beautiful photos with their lovely colours and I think you need to return to the land of the grey and brown (ie. as in the UK) and stop making the rest of us green with envy (as in the background of your blog).

  4. Congratulations Kat!
    I love the colors in todays pic.

  5. I love the processing you did on the photo. I tried this awhile ago and didn't quite get it they way I had it in my mind. I will have to see if I can find this bleaching action. I am just beginning to try the layer masks. Great fun to erase them and see the color pop back in!

  6. Congrats on the big venture and a great step into the big world out there. I can't wait to see what else you are going to do.
    So happy finally it all fell into place! Big hugs!

  7. Well done you, this is going to be so good, your passion for photography and your personality are a great mix for teaching this kind of course. Would this course be good for someone as useless at taking a decent photo as me, or do you need to have at least some basic understanding of the subject?

  8. Great picture! Oh how I wish I was there rather than here in the snow.

  9. congrats on getting your course out into the world! it sounds great!

  10. How exciting, Kat! If the course is anything like your Exploring With a Camera posts, it will be worth every penny!

  11. What a fantastic idea, and a wonderfully inspiring post!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange.
    Have a wonderful day!



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