Sian Halloween-040SQHello, thank you for visiting!

Having studied for a degree in Combined Studies (Media) I soon fell in love with making and editing the moving image. Having studied a little photography at this time it wasn’t until Adobe acquired Premier that I started to use Photoshop. My passion for photography and post processing was ignited and I haven’t looked back since!

Photoshop & TipSquirrel.com

To gather more Photoshop knowledge I started a website called TipSquirrel.com as an anchor for interesting articles and tutorials I’d found around the web. Within a year the site had a collaborative authorship and was delivering new tutorials and articles. I’m very proud to say that I’ve managed to surround myself with some very talented people that have become very good friends.

In 2012 I was a runner up in the Next Photoshop Evangelist competition run by Adobe and then later that year was again the ‘bridesmaid’ in the Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge.

In 2014 I was proud to be made an Adobe Community Professional through my work promoting and teaching Photoshop online, at clubs and workshops.

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Although teaching wasn’t something I’d considered previously I applied to be a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre and started working there in 2011. Subjects I’ve taught include; Photography, Editing, Music Video Production, Single Camera Production and Ident Design.

Since starting to teach I’ve completed the teaching qualifications; Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS).

Camera Clubs

My work at TipSquirrel, my new found love of teaching and with some encouragement from fellow Nuts I started to talk about Photoshop at camera clubs. I really enjoy these events and pride myself on receiving such positive feedback, and repeat bookings!


A well as writing regularly for the websites TipSquirrel.com and Are You Taking The Pics? I’ve contributed to Digital Photographer magazine,  Practical Photoshop magazine and  on the Fotolia website being re-published in seven different languages.


I love producing video tutorials and these can be seen on my YouTube Channel