One of the most influential digital artisans on the planet is Katrin Eismann.  Her many books and teachings about photo restoration and digital photography have helped many. Explore the roots of Photoshop and digital photography with Katrin Eismann, famed author and educator. She discusses her journey with Photoshop and the ways in which she empowers others to […]

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Several years ago I was at one of the big photo trade shows. I had paid for a conference ticket and took some of the seminars. I remember not being all that impressed with some of the Photoshop instructors at the show. I wasn’t really learning anything in the conference sessions. So I decided to hit the show floor. In one of the booths, a woman named Katrin Eismann was doing some demos on how to retouch a portrait using Photoshop. I took a seat, and over the next hour learned more about Photoshop than I had the entire conference. I think she’s one of the best Photoshop instructors I’ve ever seen and accordingly, am thrilled to interview her for Photofocus.

1 – Scott: Please tell me how and when you got into photography/Photoshop.

The first time I went to college I wasn’t very happy or productive with the major that I chose and one day my roommate pushed her camera into my hands and practically kicked me out of the apartment! I came back about 30 minutes later and asked her how to turn the camera on and that was it – I was hooked! I remember that first walk with her camera as if it was yesterday. The concentration and focus of looking through the world through a viewfinder was intoxicating. I still see more clearly when I have a camera with me.

2 – Scott: What is your favorite photographic location or subject?

I like to photograph subjects that aren’t obvious or intentionally pretty including; the overlooked and discarded, abandoned and forgotten. People leave traces on the landscape and tell stories through what they throw away and I like to discover and tell those stories with my photographs.

3 – Scott: Can you recall the first photograph you made that caused you to think WOW – that’s a good shot and if so, what was it?

It was a panoramic, infrared landscape of a WW1 war memorial in Germany and I had to go to the site a number of times to catch the moment when the light came through the memorial entrance. The light created the impression that the solder’s souls were speaking out.

4 – Scott: Do you have any formal training in photography, art, Photoshop or a related field and do you think that’s important for aspiring serious photographers? Continue reading