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:
- Quickly whiten teeth
- Merge all layers to new layer
- The rotate view tool
- Change layer opacity hotkey
- Choose layers trick
- Move layers trick
- Change unit of measure
- Undo more steps
- Apply pattern along path
- Apply layer mask trick
- Instantly find center of photoshop document
- Quickly change colors
- How to paint a selection
- Beautiful black and white photos with channel mixer
- Quickly fill text and color/shape layers
- Scale layer styles with layer
- Precise painting with the brush tool
- Duplicate anything you want
- Before/after preview in layers panel
- Straightening the PSD
- Bird’s eye view
- Clip image to type layer
- Instagram “fade” effect
- Hacking your selection placement
- Quick retro color style
- Extract assets
- Multiple drop shadows and strokes
- 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…
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
- You don’t pay attention to the composition
- You don’t know the basics of exposure
- You don’t experiment with the perspective
- You don’t understand how lighting affects a photograph
- You don’t post-process your photos
- You haven’t taken up a photography project
- You don’t have a well-defined subject in your photo
- You are not studying other photographers’ works
- You are totally ignoring the background
- You don’t know your camera well enough
- You don’t visualize what you’re going to shoot
- Your photograph doesn’t convey a story or message
- You don’t get your photos critiqued
- You don’t practice enough
Get more details and see some of Ritesh’s great photos here.
Picture Correct has 10 Wildlife Photography Tips for Fall , including:
- Catch the early morning and late afternoon light
- Drop to eye level
- Watch your background
- Never follow an animal
- To get closer, look distracted
- Outsmart the wind
- Shoot on continuous mode
- Make your buffer last longer
- Use AF point for composition
- 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.
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:
Hiked Sólheimajökull glacier:
Had a great time going on a puffin viewing hike at the Ingolfshofdi nature reserve:
Got up close with an Icelandic horse:
Had a great time at the 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!
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:
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,
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.