Once again, I am starting to feel my age. This time, it is because I am having a harder time learning new things, adjusting to a new computer and attempting to upgrade my equipment. The problem is that my computer was dying a slow death and it was time to replace it. I decided to jump in with 2 feet and switch from a PC to a MAC. OH the learning curve...so difficult some days. I am learning though.
While switching to the MAC, I decided to upgrade my photo-editing software and jump into video as well. Let's just say I have been swimming in uncharted territory for the last couple of months attempting to learn a boatload of new things. Today I am going to share my impressions on an affordable photo-editing program (Adobe Elements 12) and video-editing program (Adobe Elements Premiere 12). I know the names can get a bit confusing since they are so similar, so from here on out, I will refer to the photo-editing program as 'Elements' and the video-editing program as 'Premiere'. Are you with me so far? Hold on to your horses, the learning begins NOW.
Let's start with photo-editing in Adobe Elements.
Here is expert mode:
Go 4-5 blocks from a decent photo and you will make the photo look terrible. See below.
Moving onto VIDEO editing....
A: My camera (a Nikon D7000) has video capabilities. Why not use them if I have them?
B: Video is pretty big right now for advertisors. They pay a lot for a short video ad and I always am looking for ways to support this blog without too many ads. If I can make more money with less ads by including video, I am all for that.
C: Video is pretty big right now with readers. This confuses me a bit because I hate watching videos online. I would much rather read an article and I can get quite frustrated when I want a simple tutorial, but all I can find is how-to youtube videos. It turns out that most people are NOT like me however and many folks like to learn via video instead of text. I am willing to try simple how-to videos in addition to tutorials. We will see how it goes!
So take a peek at my initial experimentation with video editing...
A few notes on my favorite settings and such...
- If you are a beginner or experienced in Photoshop, the newest version of Elements if a fantastic choice for you.
- If you are new to video-editing, Premiere might be worth a try. I will keep trying and learning and sharing with you!
- If you are VERY technical and like to use Photoshop with complex layers and such, Elements and Premiere probably won't cut it for you.
- If you are a blogger, Elements and Premiere are a great option. Start in Quick and Guided Modes, then move on to Expert.
- If you DO NOT LIKE NEW THINGS, you can still learn this. Stick with guided and quick modes!