I recently moved to using a Wacom tablet. After the initial teething issues in setting it up – due to my own thick brain – the romance really began.
For one, my fingers stopped hurting. I had been using a mouse all my life, and I had actually stopped enjoying editing. I was in real fear that I would end up with arthritis, and despite being advised by many photographers, I kept postponing the decision. I went through three mice, and no…. I did not eat the mice. I am talking about electronic mice here, not the ones with blood and bones and flesh.
Anyway, you may remember this photo from last week
Now, look at the steps below:
There are several layers where I used a brush.
One, to brush back some colour. Two, to burn in some colour onto the rose.
The beauty of the Wacom, is that I could slowly brush in colour and depth as I wanted. It was so much more accurate than the mouse, and I could work with the pen pressure to work my way through the picture in a way that is impossible with a mouse.
Luckily for me, while I cannot draw, I can shade quite well. Also, despite the fact that I am built like a mini Yokozuna, I have a soft hand.
For all those who love editing, and have not made the move yet – move to the Wacom. You will never look back.
For me, if it were not for the Wacom, I would have been seriously contemplating giving up editing.
Go for it.