I consider myself a fairly proficient user when it comes to the computer. I can usually navigate my way around software and figure out the basics when I'm having a bit of trouble; things like restarting, force quitting etc. I keep my files organized and I know how to download, make zip files to send large files, put things on disc, things like that.
Beyond that it gets tougher for me. I don't know html. So if I need a big change or something goes awry, I'm kinda lost and need help! If I want to start a new website or something big. I'm kinda lost.
Spending time on the computer is really a love/hate thing for me. It's satisfying for me to master a tidbit from a different world and it's an opportunity to step away from the demands of "starting" a painting. In other words, a terrific excuse to procrastinate!
A few musts:
Be able to organize and manage image files and provide them to shows/galleries in both good high resolution and web formats.
Know where your domain is hosted and keep track of renewals.
Be proficient in Photoshop or similar
Be proficient in a database program like Filemaker or similar
Know how to navigate the web
Be able to set up a blog and use it.
Be able to use Facebook even reluctantly!
Know how to get images on a disc, how to send them as compressed files, and upload them to third party sites likes Yousendit.
Anything else I missed? Please add on to this list!
I really try to spend the majority of my time doing what I do best, painting and teaching painting. Going too deep into the world of computers doesn't really serve this agenda, but is a necessary part of doing business.