Charles Haacker wrote:It has been a real pleasure reading other folks’ stories...
[...] Raw ROCKS! Lightroom ROCKS. So does Photoshop, but I always begin in LR and only go to PS for things that Lightroom can't do at all, or does less well.
It didn't take me too much convincing to switch to raw as I saw the limitation of jpeg quite early, even from my design days. As for Lightroom... I agree with your sentiments, it ROCKS! (been using it since version 3) Like you I also do the majority of work in LR and move to PS when needed. I hope to produce some LR tutorials soon so if there's any special requests, let me know.
Charles Haacker wrote:[...] I am somewhat sensitive, and just before Christmas I lost my bride of 46+ years so that’s why I drop completely out sometimes: I get in a pretty deep hole. I’m pretty good right now, as in today, and having other folks to talk to is good, but flame wars and trolls are not good. Minnie and Linda and Steve invited me to check out photoMENTORIS (you've no doubt noticed there’s a lotta ‘hog refugees over here). I like the peace! I try to stay involved but sometimes I back into the hole. I guess it’ll get better eventually. Meanwhile, that’s my long story and I’m stickin’ to it.
Yes, we do share more in common than you think. I too suffer from depression (have all my life and likely started with the loss of my dad at age 4) and know full well how much it sux to sink into a gloomy mood. Usually when I start getting into a slump I'll do something outrageous to change my 'situation', either go on a short trip, try something new, or hang out with a different crowd for a while. Anything to change the daily pattern that can add to the depression. I'm about due for a break soon.