I have done a lot of thinking, reading, playing around with Photoshop and looking at book covers over the last few weeks but have written nothing here because I struggle to find something positive to say. I follow the Photoshop tutorials religiously and end up with rubbish, they seem to be talking a different language from me, now I know why Lightroom appeals so much, it is simple and straightforward and does what I need without selection tools and layers. One conclusion that I have come to is this. If you are the sort of person who likes to manipulate your images beyond all recognition, then you are likely to do well with this unit. If like me, you can’t see the point and question whether it is photography at all, then you won’t. We are asked throughout to consider the ethics of photo manipulation and develop our opinion in this respect but surely we should all be starting from a level playing field regardless of our opinion and for that reason it does make me wonder if the OCA should have this in a compulsory part of the photography degree. I’m not sure where that leaves me though, another evening gone with my head in a Photoshop tutorial and no nearer to finishing the exercises let alone starting on the assignment.