One exciting thing has happened though. I managed to find a deal on adobe.com where I can purchase Photoshop CS5 Extended for 40 bucks. Yes, I just said 40 bucks. The program is normally 350, and even though I should be frugal and save up my money, I can't pass that deal up.
Getting photoshop will be so wonderful. I'm currently using Corel Paint Shop Pro X, which is from 2005, maybe earlier. It is a good program, but it's just outdated. Also most editing tutorials are for photoshop so I have to spend half my time figuring out what feature in paint shop pro will do the same thing as a photoshop tool. But Photoshop CS5 will have so many awesome tools, probably more than I will ever know about or know how to use, but whatever.
So while I wait for my transaction to get processed, I decided to attempt an instagram style effect on one of my photos using Paint Shop Pro. About 5 attempts and an hour later I finally got the dang thing to work.
[I went a little heavy on the contrast, but I was getting tired of messing with it]
Here is the original for comparison:
Anyway. New program. New editing capabilities. Exciting.
In two weeks I will be going to Boston on my spring break for a long weekend and I can guarantee photos will be taken and blog posts will be published. My winter hiatus from photography will soon come to an end.