Before I started the 2-year photography program at NSCC my level and knowledge of photo editing software was very minimal. At first I used a few of the free editing software like Picasa etc. and did basic edits to exposure, highlights and simple things like that. One day I decided to be brave and purchased a copy of Photoshop Elements, again not understanding much about it I did pretty well the same types of edits I used to do with the free software. Then 3 years ago while taking my 3rd part time course at the college the instructor raved about Lightroom, since I could get the student pricing I dove in and purchased LR4 but only a few months later when I enrolled into the 2 year program I had to purchase Photoshop CS6 for the course, again with the student discount but this time, I was scared. I never got the chance to really learn LR4 so you can imagine my fears of using CS6. The good thing was that we were basically taught as if we had little experience in Photoshop but that still made me nervous and I spent countless hours watching How-To videos to try and keep up with the rest of the young kids in the class. In the 2nd year we learned more in-depth processes requiring multiple layers and masks etc. and again my spare time was spent watching more How-To videos. I've bookmarked many of them so that I can always go back and watch them if I need to. My wife once asked me if anybody else in the class spent so much time on homework and I said to her that it wasn't just homework but I needed all of the help I could get with Photoshop since the kids in my class were so proficient with it that I felt really inadequate. I even had one of the girls tutor me in the summer between our 1st and 2nd year which was a great help and she has always been there for me whenever I was stuck or didn't understand something, thanks Bethany I couldn't have done this without you. Now I truly enjoy learning new editing methods and I'm not scared to try something new. My wife knows the countless hours I spent late at night in front of the computer learning new things and she has really made me feel good about all of my hard work, thanks Nadia for supporting me through these last couple of years.