Jo Avila

Old Lecture, New Student

Post processing was always a part of my basic photography seminar when I was still teaching at my old studio in Greenhills.

I would begin each lecture by giving tips on how to set up Adobe Photoshop to make it run more efficiently. I would also teach my students how to integrate Adobe Bridge into their post processing workflow to enable to make them work faster.

A lot of photographers now favor Adobe Lightroom over Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. I have a subscription to Adobe Lightroom CC that was bundled with my Adobe Photoshop CC subscription. But old habits die hard and I still prefer to rely on Adobe Bridge CC to sort and view my files.

I was working late in Shutter Café last week. Someone in the table beside me recognized me and greeted me. He was a fellow cyclist. I had forgotten that we had met before.

I noticed that he and his friend were hard at work post processing images. I asked if it would be okay if I tweaked their Adobe Photoshop settings a little to make it run faster.

I was soon teaching one of them how I used Adobe Bridge to view, sort files, run batch actions, rename files, label files, filter and the other things that I used to teach my students and that I still do today.

It was a good feeling. Sharing what I know and sharing it with a fellow photographer.

Today, I am teaching someone to take over for me at our large format printing service when I am not around. I´m still giving the same pointers about using Adobe Bridge.

Maybe I should start using Adobe Lightroom CC more. But there are parts of my workflow that I can only do using Adobe Photoshop CC.

I have shown disdain in the past for photographers who claim that they are either incapable of learning something new or are resistant to new knowledge.

There is the saying that you can´t teach an old dog new tricks.

I am an old dog. But my old tricks still work for me.

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