Well, 2016 is over, hasn't it gone by so quickly? For me it definitely has. I've had a lot of highs this year, more so than any other year and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite memories and projects.
So early in the year I attended The Photography Show, this was my 4th year and the show just seems to be getting bigger and better every time. This year was all about networking for me and I met up with so many wonderful trainers, photographers and retouchers. I learn so much about photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, business, social media and design when I attend each year. It's a wonderful event and highly recommended for anyone in the UK. I can't wait for 2017's show!
Let's get creative...
The following month I started creating content for TipSquirrel.com, a website for free Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials. I started adding more video content to the site as the months went on; from quick tips to full tutorials. I love creating content for this website, the community is wonderful and full of open minded people who love to learn. I took a short hiatus during December, but they'll be plenty more content from this month onwards. Hurray!
May the force be with you...
In June, I spent a day with two of my newly married friends as we embarked on a photo shoot ... complete with Lightsabres. As a wedding gift, I told my close friend Jess that I'd produce some geeky images for her and her husband Tom. We headed to the forest and took a variety of Star Wars and Harry Potter images. Later on I even took some portraits of Tom to add to my portfolio.
The Star Wars image you see here was my favourite from the entire shoot. I love the idea that the light side and the dark side can fall in love. That no force (pun intended) can tear them apart.
I loved capturing this and the retouching process was really fun too [Sneaky plug on how I created the matte effect in my video tutorial]. This image was by far my favourite throughout the entire year.
As my partner lived in London for 2 years, I spent a lot of time visiting the capital as a tourist. July was my last month visiting (until a future trip of course). I took my trusty Nikon D7000 and hit the city for some street and architecture photography. I love visiting London, there is always something exciting to do and plenty to explore! Here are some of my favourite shots from that trip.
Lights, Camera, Action...
In August, I finally took YouTube seriously. I produced Photoshop tutorials (near enough) every single week. Having been a content creator for nearly 10 years, on and off, I was able to finally zone in on specific content that I enjoy creating; Photoshop tutorials. This coincided with TipSquirrel so I had a platform to showcase my videos to hundreds of people. [For my regular viewers, don't worry, tutorials will be back on schedule this week]. I love teaching Photoshop and can't wait to get back into creating weekly content!
I Got Featured...
During the following month, my Star Wars wedding photograph was featured in Photoshop User Magazine; KelbyOne's monthly publication. Not only was this an incredible achievement for me, it was also my second time in the magazine! AWESOME! It's always an honour to have a mention or shoutout on any of the KelbyOne channels, but to have one of my images in a publication was a tremendous achievement!
Let's go for a walk...
The last quarter of the year was HUGE for me! In October I attended my first photo walk, it was Glyn Dewis's for Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk. This was held in Lichfield and it was a wonderful experience. I'd never been to the city before so it was great to explore the cathedral and the city centre (despite the torrential rain). I always like supporting Glyn's work as he's one of my favourite photographers and has taught me so much about photography, lighting and Photoshop.
Thank you, Glyn!
Next year (fingers crossed), I hope to host my own photo walk for Scott's WWPW.
I was featured, again...
KelbyOne featured my Star Wars wedding photo throughout their social media; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. What an honour to have my image seen by so many people! My mind was blown! I can't thank KelbyOne enough for their continuing support of my work. It warms my heart that my favourite company has shared some of my most treasured imagery this year!
Thank you KelbyOne!
For Halloween, I produced my own full retouch video tutorial for a poster inspired by The Walking Dead. I loved creating the image for this, it was tons of fun colour correcting, using adjustments, blending modes etc to match the original posters for the show. Next year, I would love to do more seasonal and holiday videos.
Host with the Most...
Because I loved the photo walk in Lichfield so much, I decided to host my own in Manchester the following month. I was a little nervous at first, especially as I am still quite unknown as a Creative, so wasn't sure if anyone would sign up to it. However, much to my surprise I had 6 other people attend - which is amazing! I wanted to have a small group for my first walk and it was a huge success. It was fun to network, have a laugh and take some great street photography. What an experience and I can't wait to do more in the future. Keep an eye out on Twitter for news on those!
I'm going to Orlando!
Photoshop World is booked! After years of dreaming of attending this fantastic event, in April 2017, I'm finally going! I still have to pinch myself every time I think about it. I can't wait to learn and have fun with so many people that I admire. I'll be posting more about this as the event gets closer, but just know that I'm super excited!
WHOAAA!! Huge news!!
500 subscribers is a massive milestone for me! One of my last channels got up to 1300 subscribers but I was never able to regularly put out content and get up to that number with any other channel. Apart from now. 500 may not seem like that many compared to other channels, but that's a big deal to me. Can you imagine 500 people in one room! That's a lot of people. I'd like to thank each and every one of my followers for their continued support - it means the world to be! Thank you!
To end my year, it was a huge deal for me to feature as a guest blogger for Scott Kelby! Not only is he the CEO of my favourite company but also my favourite photographer / instructor. For those of you that don't know the story, I started out using Photoshop User TV when I was 15 (that's 13 years ago). I started learning Photoshop from Scott, Matt Kloskowski and Dave Cross. From there on, I learnt Photoshop daily. Without their expertise and knowledge of Photoshop, I may not be in doing what I love; retouching. It was an incredible honour to have my words and pictures all about retouching on his website. This is one of my ultimate achievements this year. Thank you Scott!
That's a wrap!
Those are some of my treasured memories and highlights from 2016. For me, I feel I have achieved so much in 2016, but of course I want to achieve even more in 2017.
What are some of your favourite memories and highlights throughout 2016? Tell me in the comments.
Thank you for reading. - Fran