Beginners Guide: Basic Photoshop shortcuts [video]

July 23rd, 2010 by Richard Peters

If there is one thing I like, it’s to spend more time taking my photo’s than editing them. Of course some degree of processing IS part of the workflow that can’t be avoided…but…you can decrease your time sat in front of the PC by using a few keyboard shortcuts to speed up your Photoshop operation. And what better way to fully show these in operation than a video tutorial!

Less Is More
I try not to do too much editing to my images, with the thought process that if an image requires too much work to get it looking good, I should just go and shoot it again. However when using Photoshop, one of the things that I quickly learned was this…shortcuts make editing a much faster process. There are however MANY to be learned, so I thought I’d go back to basics with a video to show a few of the more commonly used ones as a beginners guide. They may be simple, but once learned, I guarantee they will speed up your editing.

Further down you can see a brief list of what is covered in the video for quick reference. However do check out the video to see examples of them in action, as well as a couple of extra tips that show examples of how you can really use them to your advantage.

In a nutshell
The video above talks about and demonstrates the following basic functions amongst other tips:

B to select the paintbrush
S to select the clone stamp
C to select the crop tool

2011 Workshop Dates

July 21st, 2010 by Alan Murphy

I now have my 2011 workshops dates available.
I will be doing them at the Casa Santa Ana in South Texas. This is a beautiful B & B with grounds that back up to the Santa Ana National Wildlife refuge. It is about 20 mins from McAllen.
We will be spending 3 mornings at the feeder setups, [...]

Photographer Spotlight – Rick Sammon

July 16th, 2010 by Chris Klapheke

From books, to iPhone apps, to podcasts, Facebook and Twitter, Rick Sammon is everywhere.  A Canon Explorer of Light, Rick is also everyman’s photographer.  One of Rick’s basic photography tenets is that he “Specializes in not specializing”.

When we talked to Rick for this article, his opening comment to us was “I never thought, in 1969, when I was 19 and dancing naked in the mud at Woodstock, I’d have 36 books and a bunch of iPhone and iPad apps”.  We knew we were in for a good story.

After Woodstock, Rick attended the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving his formal education in Arrangement and Composition.  He wanted to play jazz, and play he did.  Late night shows and jam sessions over the next few years left him plenty of free day time, so to stir his creative juices, he began shooting images and submitting them to publications.


In 1978 Rick submitted an image and article to Studio Photography Magazine.  On this first submission, the magazine invited him to be their editor.  Rick traded in one keyboard for another, and entered the publication world.

The Dumb Luck Shot

July 15th, 2010 by Rick Sammon

Much as been written on the web about waiting years and years for all the elements in a scene to come together for a “once-in-a-lifetime shot.”

That’s all well and good, and sometimes it’s true.

But sometimes a good shot is just dumb luck. Here is an example.

In the above photograph, the five subjects are completely isolated, the side lighting is wonderful, the reflection is perfect, the background is effective in adding to the “sense of place” of the image, the dog adds an extra element of interest, and the exposure is good.

Black Rapid Introduces the RS-W1 Camera Strap for Women

July 9th, 2010 by Matt Dennison

You can learn more about the new RS-W1 in the store here:  Black Rapid

Introducing Wimberley

July 5th, 2010 by Chris Klapheke

In light of this country’s holiday weekend, we are proud to bring you products from our friends at Wimberley—a company whose products are made right here in the USA, and whose products set the bar for the highest standard worldwide.

Photographers all over the world know and respect Wimberley products for being the pinnacle in their category.  Gimbal heads, flash brackets, lens plates and quick release clamps by Wimberley are procured by photographers who demand only the best.


The Wimberley story is a true example of the American Dream. David Wimberley started in 1991 with a unique idea of a tripod head.  This gimbal mount design became so popular with nature photographers that Wimberley grew from a backyard project into a full-fledged company. 

David was joined by his son Clay five years later.  Together, their drive for quality precise solutions added new dimensions to their business, and pushed Wimberley to the worldwide stage, all while maintaining their American value of loyalty to their customers.

Wimberley takes a great deal of pride in the name that they have built for themselves over the years.  Always striving for excellence, Wimberley has provided the global photography community with quality products—Made in the USA.

See the entire line of Wimberley products here.

Check out our Wimberley Resource Pages!

Wimberly Lens Plate Design Features
Outdoor Photo Gear Lens Plate Chart
Wimberley Flash Bracket Systems
Wimberley Quick Release Introduction
 Lens Plate Design Features Lens Plate Compatibility Chart Flash Bracket Systems  Quick Release Systems

Grand Tetons Landscape, HDR Stitched Panorama

June 30th, 2010 by Juan Pons

Grand Tetons, HDR Stitched Panorama – ©2010 Juan A. Pons (click to enlarge)

I am not much of a landscape photographer, I tend to concentrate more on wildlife, but sometimes the landscape is so majestic, as it is in the Grand Tetons, that it is hard to make a bad image. I made this image (MAKE SURE to click on it to enlarge it) last week during my Spring Yellowstone & Grand Tetons photo workshop. We had some pretty uncooperative weather the first few days we where there, but we had a few occasions during those rainy days where we had a pretty clear view of the mountains.

That morning, I took the opportunity to make a large HDR & stitched panorama. This image was made by taking 18 individual frames. Here is a quick rundown of the process to making an image such as this.

Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2.0 Camera Bag

June 29th, 2010 by Matt Dennison

On Location: Burrowing Owls in Florida [video]

June 28th, 2010 by Richard Peters

One species I had not seen before, but knew could be found in Florida, is the Burrowing Owl. So I decided to spend some time photographing them at a couple of locations in the sunshine state…as well as recording my first ‘On Location’ video to give you an idea of the conditions I experienced, and to give you some idea of what to expect if you decide to go out photographing these little guys for yourself.

Burrowing Owls are funny little birds. They are only 9 inches tall and spend most of their time sitting at the entrance to their nests, keeping an eye out for food and predators. Florida’s population is estimated to be between 3,000 and 10,000 pairs and they are located at several specific areas, rather than anywhere and everywhere like other species you find in the sunshine state. They are listed as a protected species to help keep the numbers up, as in places like Cape Coral, they have built nests on empty plots of land. As a result developers have, in the past, disrupted nests so that they can build on the land the owls are occupying.

Where to look?
There are several areas around the state you can find the owls nesting although, unlike other species, these locations are quite few and far between and so not quite as easy to just stumble across.

I visited a couple of areas in my search for the owls, and to accompany this article, I made a video to show them – which you can see below (bare with me as I find my feet with this new skill that I am having to learn, it’s only my second video – shot with a Lumix TZ7 – but I do hope you enjoy watching…). You’ll notice I only talk about Cape Coral briefly and that is simply because I spent a couple of hours one morning trying to find the owls there. At the bottom of this article you can find links to websites that will give you more information about the owls and locations you can find them in to help you find some for yourself.

Now you’ve seen the video…
I also wrote this article to better show some of the Burrowing Owl photos I took and also back up the

Think Tank Photo on YKK RC Fuse Zippers

June 27th, 2010 by Matt Dennison