I'm starting to think all this 'unfair' comments are a bit of a joke to be honest. If you knew how to do these things, and I'm not talking about magic here, I'm talking about the standard stuff, then you would do it. ... snip
....I had no idea you could do that sort of effect in photoshop, and thought it was only possible with a Tilt/shift lens. I liked the effect and will probably look at some on line tutorials at some point.
OMG! my sentiments exactly, there is such a wealth of tutorials out there that there is no excuse for not learning how to PP, there are world reknown photogs that have their work PP'd and airbrushed amongst a wealth of other things - as I said before if it's good enough for them....
One thing I would like to make clear is that I am not suggesting that PS should be used as a replacement for taking a good shot, but instead as a tool to enhance a decent photo in to something more. I try to get the shot I want when I press the shutter with regards composition, light, DOF etc (occassionally I know the limitations and think I can add / remove / alter that in PS later) but if I have a slightly heavy shadow under the nose you can be sure I want to know how to soften that and keep it looking realistic, that's the reason I am always looking to improve my PS skills - definitely not as a substitute for poor photography (but there are times when a mistake is made and a reshoot out of the question).
I reckon I read one or two PS tuts a week, I read 3 or 4 on lighting, and forum post after forum post on general aspects of photography - I guess I am trying to say there is no substitute for learning about the camera and creating good photographs, but there are also endless reasons to learn PP
I am not flaming anyone here, just I have done the whole "Ban PP" thing to death elsewhere and as I said before it ruffles my feathers