There are hotkeys and then there are Damned hotkeys

We Photoshop users (or Adobe Creative Suite users in general) come to rely on our keyboard shortcuts. They become so engrained that it can be quite disconcerting when one or more of these keyboard shortcuts inexplicably stops working or begins to do something completely different. And it can be downright exasperating if you can’t figure out what’s going on. This has recently happened to me, twice, so perhaps I can help.


September 2011 at the Ladysmith Camera Club

Doug Gilbert: Photography and Art (Sept. 27) Our guest speaker this month is well-known photobased artist and photographer extraordinaire Doug Gilbert from Metchosin, BC. Doug will present his multimedia show “Photography and Art” which is certain to entertain, captivate and inspire everyone. September 21, 2011 at 7:00pm, in Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Avenue in…


How my Canon 20D became a 53 megapixel super camera!

Aloha! We recently spent a few days on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Marriott Beach Resort on Anaeho’omalu Bay ( 19°54’57.97″N 155°53’20.17″W).

There is a very nice group of beaches along the south shore of the bay that afford a roughly 60 degree panoramic view of the entire bay, including the resort. I decided to capture this view in a sequence of photos to create a panoramic image.


Preparing images for printing, part 3: The Facebook illusion

Every once in awhile someone sends me a favourite, special image from Facebook or some other web site or blog and they ask me to make an enlargement print. They are often surprised or disappointed when I have to inform them that this is unlikely to work, despite how amazingly good the image might appear on their laptop or cell phone.

If you have read part 1 of this series, you’ll know that I can produce amazingly good enlargement prints from a 12 MP, 10 MP or even an 8 MP camera file. So why won’t the Facebook image work?


Preparing images for printing, part 2: How best to sharpen for the print

In part 1 of this series, I answered the very important question “How many pixels do you need?” to get the best prints at Turning Point Arts. In that article, I explained why it is unnecessary, and in fact undesirable, to resize or up-sample your image before submitting it to me for printing. This leads to the question of how best to sharpen your image if you plan to have it printed at Turning Point Arts.