Are you curious about the man behind the “Ask Bob!” segment on the Photoshop Elements Facebook Page? Bob Gager, Product Manager for Photoshop Elements, brings over 25 years of experience in photography, digital imaging and photo editing. Harboring a passion for photography since his high school days, Bob started using Photoshop in the mid 80’s, sparking his interest in digital imaging. Bob’s intuitive tutorials featuring his travels, family and pet cat, have helped users of all levels master Photoshop Elements.
Our team got the chance to chat with Bob and talk about his career at Adobe, photo editing and Photoshop Elements. Get to know the man behind “Ask Bob!” in the interview below.
Bob Gager – Product Manager for Photoshop Elements
How did you find yourself at Adobe?
Bob: I was recruited by the founder of an imaging startup I used to work for. On his fourth day at Adobe, he called me up and said “Have I got a job for you.” I started shortly thereafter managing the integration of partner services (Kodak, Shutterfly, etc) into our various Digital Imaging products (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Album, etc.).
Did you ever tinker with photography/photo-editing prior to taking your role at Adobe?
Bob: Yes, I’ve been pursuing photography as a hobby since high school. I was never very serious about it until recently. I’ve been a Photoshop user since the mid 80’s, and have had a couple different jobs related to digital photography along the way. I was at a company called Flashpoint doing camera software development when a 1MP camera was hot stuff.
What is your favorite feature in Photoshop Elements?
Bob: Layers and Masks are my most often used features. Mastering them truly unlocks the power of editing in Photoshop Elements. My “favorite” feature is the Healing Brush. Nearly every time I use it, I think the engineers who invented it are dabbling in some sort of black magic. It constantly wows me.
What do you do outside of work to develop your photography skills?
Bob: I belong to Santa Clara Camera Club. It’s a local photography club with some amazing photographers who hold friendly competitions of our work. It’s amazing how having your photos critiqued by others can change the way you look at what you do, and seriously improve your skills. Many of the shots I’ve submitted can be found here.
Can you tell us a little more about a few of your favorite shots?
This is a shot I took of my cat when I was just messing around one day. A little B&W conversion in Photoshop Elements, coupled with some sharpening using the High Pass Filter technique. Add some Vignette and there you go.
This is a high speed shot I took in the studio while mixing martinis. The more we mixed, the better the shots looked. A fair amount of touchup was done in Photoshop Elements, as the splash was much more sporadic in the original shot. If you look just right, you can see the Man in the Martini.
Thanks to Bob for taking the time to answer our questions. Do you have your own questions for Bob? Be sure to keep an eye on the Photoshop Elements Facebook page for the “Ask Bob!” segment. You can also add your question in the comments section below, or tweet it to @AdobeElements, for the chance to have it answered in a video tutorial by Bob himself.