Category Archives: Photoshop Tricks

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Video Workshop – Focus Shift Shooting (Nikon)

Have you ever wanted to try Nikon’s Focus Shift Shooting and just weren’t sure where to start?  

Have you ever wondered… 

What is Focus Shift Shooting? How do I use it? How do I set the menu? How do I set the camera? How do I know what to do in the field? How do I know if I got it right?​​​​​​​ How do I use stacking software? How do I retouch …

Also posted in Lightroom Tips, Misc, Nikon Gear, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Workshop
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The BCG College Of Photo Education :)

Since so many of us are locked away in our homes, I thought I’d put together a “master list” of the various articles and videos found on this site. Below, you’ll find a long list of categories and the posts that go with them. There are hours of video and hundreds of pages of articles at your virtual fingertips. Plus, all the posts on this site are free 🙂

(Note …

Also posted in Astrophotography, How I Got The Shot, Landscapes, Lightroom Tips, Locations, Misc, Nikon Gear, Opinions, Photo Trips, Reviews, Sony Gear, Techniques, Tests, Travel Tips
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All About Your Camera’s Crop Modes

First, let’s get one thing out in the open – I’m not a fan of cropping and I normally tend to avoid it as much as possible. So please don’t take the remainder of this article as some kind of an endorsement for reckless pixel pruning, it’s really not. 

Don’t get me wrong, I hack away at pixels like I’m the villain in a horror movie when necessary, but for …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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New Video Workshop – Noise Reduction Using LR & PS

For a LONG time now, I’ve had people asking if I was ever going to do a post-processing guide of some sort. I have gone back and forth on it, waffling between e-books and videos, and finally decided to do a video series. (I just think that for post processing, video is the best way to learn, always has been for me.)

I’ve also decided to create this series in …

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Use Photoshop To Blur Out Backgrounds

I’m a sucker for a nice, clean background. In my opinion, nothing ruins a wildlife shot (or portrait shot, if you roll that way), faster than a busy, distracting background. 

The thing is, it wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to do wildlife, fast glass and full frame cameras were the rule. However, with cameras like the D7500 and D500, we now have some serious DX options. In …

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How I Got The Shot – Storm Warning

It was a dark and stormy night.

There I did it. I know it’s painfully cliché but I’ve always wanted to start an article with that old line. Although, in this case, it truly was a dark and stormy night. I remember it just like it was yesterday.

I had just captured the shot you see below and had beat tracks back to my new solo backpacking tent, arriving just …

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Waterfall Photography In Eight Easy Steps

It’s 5:00AM and my obnoxious alarm shatters the silence, bringing an abrupt end to my slumber and jarring me out of bed. As my synapses reluctantly begin to fire, I notice the pitter-patter of raindrops as they dance upon the top of my camper.

A grin starts to draw across my face, but not because I think I’m going back to bed. See, I’m out for waterfalls and conditions are about …

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Remove Chromatic Aberrations And Color Fringing

Check out this Photoshop trick for removing chromatic aberration and small areas of color fringing. This method works great for small problem areas where the normal chromatic aberration tools don’t quite get the job done or when you notice a problem part way through processing your image.

With just a few quick steps, you’ll be able to “erase” the problem areas and be rid of annoying color fringing or chromatic …

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Wildlife Photography: Enhance The Eyes

When it comes to wildlife photography, there’s not too many hard and fast rules. However, there is one – you gotta pay attention to the eyes!

Well, I like to take that one step further by using a couple easy photoshop techniques to help enhance them a little. Keep in mind that we’re really just talking about a minor little “upgrade” to the eyes here, but it can make a …

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Straighten Your Horizon, No Cropping

Have you ever taken a photo only to later realize that the horizon was less then level? Of course, that can be easily corrected in Photoshop, but you’ve probably noticed there is a downside – you lose part of the image when you fix that corked horizon. Instead of just laying down and taking it, why not try this trick instead?

In this tip, I’ll show you two ways to fix …

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