From Picture Correct – 28 Genius Photoshop Tricks

From Picture Correct, a bunch (28!) of really great photoshop tricks. I knew a few but I know I’m going to want to remember these:

  1. Quickly whiten teeth
  2. Merge all layers to new layer
  3. The rotate view tool
  4. Change layer opacity hotkey
  5. Choose layers trick
  6. Move layers trick
  7. Change unit of measure
  8. Undo more steps
  9. Apply pattern along path
  10. Apply layer mask trick
  11. Instantly find center of photoshop document
  12. Quickly change colors
  13. How to paint a selection
  14. Beautiful black and white photos with channel mixer
  15. Quickly fill text and color/shape layers
  16. Scale layer styles with layer
  17. Precise painting with the brush tool
  18. Duplicate anything you want
  19. Before/after preview in layers panel
  20. Straightening the PSD
  21. Bird’s eye view
  22. Clip image to type layer
  23. Instagram “fade” effect
  24. Hacking your selection placement
  25. Quick retro color style
  26. Extract assets
  27. Multiple drop shadows and strokes
  28. Interface color easter egg

You can see it in video form at  http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/28-genius-photoshop-tricks/ .  You can also read about them at http://tutvid.com/photoshop/tips-and-tricks-photoshop-cc/

Note they’re from 2015, so some things might be different in a more recent version. I often just like to know that something is possible at all, I can always look up how to do it in a more recent version but if you don’t even know it’s possible…

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From Digital Photography School – Best of 2015 Beginners Photography Tips

From Digital Photography a great compilation of their best guides to photography, including:

 

Lots of great ideas!

 

From Light Stalking – 14 Practical Reasons Your Photos Are Not Quite As Good As You Want Them To Be

Ritesh Saini has a great article in Light Stalking titled 14 Practical Reasons Your Photos Are Not Quite As Good As You Want Them To Be

  1. You don’t pay attention to the composition
  2. You don’t know the basics of exposure
  3. You don’t experiment with the perspective
  4. You don’t understand how lighting affects a photograph
  5. You don’t post-process your photos
  6. You haven’t taken up a photography project
  7. You don’t have a well-defined subject in  your photo
  8. You are not studying other photographers’ works
  9. You are totally ignoring the background
  10. You don’t know your camera well enough
  11. You don’t visualize what you’re going to shoot
  12. Your photograph doesn’t convey a story or message
  13. You don’t get your photos critiqued
  14. You don’t practice enough

Get more details and see some of Ritesh’s great photos here.

From Picture Correct – 10 Wildlife Photography Tips for Fall

Picture Correct has 10 Wildlife Photography Tips for Fall , including:

  1. Catch the early morning and late afternoon light
  2. Drop to eye level
  3. Watch your background
  4. Never follow an animal
  5. To get closer, look distracted
  6. Outsmart the wind
  7. Shoot on continuous mode
  8. Make your buffer last longer
  9. Use AF point for composition
  10. Use the center AF point for anything that’s tough to focus on

Check out the article for example photos and a very useful video that describes each of these in more detail.

Milestone – Article based on stock travel photography in Iceland to be published in Digital Photography School!

So back in June I went to Iceland, had a wonderful time… I participated in the GREEN Energy Program then spent a few extra days driving around and taking photos of anything I wanted to, glorious time.  I didn’t write my usual tips article based on my experience for this blog because I proposed an article about stock travel photography to Digital Photography School‘s Tips and Tutorials section and it was accepted! I just learned that it will be published on the 20th of October. I’ll update this entry with a link to DPS when it comes out.  Update October 19th – you can find the article here.

So I saved the tips and my best photos for the DPS article, but here are a few other photos to give you a sense of what a lovely country Iceland is. Many of these photos were taken while on guided tours with Ardar, aka Addi, the best guide ever at South Iceland Adventures.

Got to see lots of waterfalls, such as Seljalandsfoss:

Hvolsvollur, ICELAND - JUN 15: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, shown here on June 15, 2015, was one of the stopping points in The Amazing Race 6 competition in 2014.

Hiked Sólheimajökull glacier:

SOLHEIMAJOKULSVEGUR, ICELAND - JUN 15: Sólheimajökull glacier, shown here on June 15, 2015, has retreated about a kilometer in the past decade.

Had a great time going on a puffin viewing hike at the Ingolfshofdi nature reserve: 

Atlantic puffin looking right, with straw in his beak, gray background

Got up close with an Icelandic horse:

Iceland 8 horse blond head

Had a great time at the Glacier Lagoon:

Iceland glacier lagoon


Beautiful country, lovely people…  You can also see some of my Iceland photos at my Shutterstock site.

October 24 update – Change featured image to a screenshot of the icon for the article at DPS. So cool to see it published and to have some readers stop by the blog and learn from past blog articles!

Photography equipment – Op/tech Utility Strap – Sling

I realized I wrote this up in the August end of month update, but I also wanted to give it its own entry so it’ll be easier for others to find it. If you end up getting a neck-ache from your camera strap after a long day of photography, I strongly encourage you to invest in a camera strap/sling. I’ve been debating it for a year or so and finally did it, and only thing I can say is I wish I’d done it sooner…

I bought an Op/Tech Utility Strap – Sling camera strap, on the advice of the folks at Central Camera in Chicago.  Here’s a photo from the Op/Tech website so you can see what I mean:

camera sling

It’s great to have the camera on the side as you walk around, and then you can move it up when you need it, glides smoothly. I used it on my recent stock photo day and didn’t feel anything on my neck after a long day – Highly recommend it!

Best wishes on YOUR photography adventures,

Susan

From DPS – The 4 Ps – Tips for Improving Your Wildlife Photography

Digital Photography School had a great entry with suggestions on improving your wildlife photography.

1. Preparation – learn about your subject, and your camera, check the weather.

2. Practice – With great “keep in mind” suggestions specific to wildlife photography

3. Perseverance – Take your time and stay quiet

4. Passion – Appreciate and care for your subjects

You can see many more details of each topic and some great wildlife photography to inspire you here.