Don’t let what happened to me happen to you.

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We are on the road again and headed for Darwin. I want to share a story with you that will hopefully save you from what happened to me.

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Surfer riding a wave at jacques point in Kalbarri

Will you ever be able to capture that image again, no, because nothing stays the same.

I have been backing up all my files, to an offsite drive, an onsite drive and to the cloud, I use Just Cloud.

Having been confident that all was successfully backed up we headed off. When I plugged in my external drove although there were all the folders on there they were all empty!!!

Oh no, I had seen the folders and assumed all the files had transferred successfully….NEVER assume anything!

Not to worry, I have a backup in the cloud, well I thought I did.

All my documents and other files were there, but no pictures, as a photographer this is the most important part. What had gone wrong. I tried uploading some new stuff to the cloud and discovered what had happened, you can only upload a certain size, so it had skipped all the larger files, 99% of my pictures, and still said the backup was complete. I have since found out, you can upload larger files, you just have to do it through drag and drop or manual backup.

If we had have had a fire or theft, this could have been a total disaster, however fortunately for me I do have another backup at home and one offsite.

It made me realize that no matter how much we backup we always need to double check that it has done so successfully.

If you don’t have a proper backup system, then you are in an even worse position.

I had previously tried to set up a backup system, but it always became too difficult to maintain. I have recently purchased an e-book that is a fantastic, easy to implement and maintain backup system. I am careful in what I recommend because I have been caught before, but this is worth every cent. It has enabled me to continue on our holiday knowing that all is still okay.

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Ebook to show you step bu step how to backup

You can follow our journey to Darwin on the “video-blog” tab. We will be detouring from Tasmainia to capture this trip as it happens (and because I now don’t have the images with me to continue in Tasmania) and when we return home we will resume our trip in Tasmania.

10 Photoshop Layers Shortcuts

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Layers are a powerful feature of Photoshop that allow you to work on one part of an image without disturbing the rest of it. While the concept of layers may seem intimidating at first, once you get the hang of using layers you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them!

The transparent parts of any layer, shown by the checkered grid, allow the layers beneath that layer to show through. You can show and hide each layer in an image by clicking on its corresponding eye icon in the Layers palette.

To organize your layers, you can arrange them into layer groups by going to Layer > New > Group…. Each layer group displays in the same way as any ungrouped layers on the Layers palette. A layer group is signified by a folder icon. You can collapse or expand layer groups by clicking on the triangle to the left of the folder icon, and nest layer groups within each other by dragging one folder icon into another.

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Here are 10 quick Layer Shortcuts.

1 – Rename layers by double-clicking on the layer name.

2 – Select a layer by using the keyboard shortcuts Alt-[ and Alt-] (Option-[ and Option-] on a Mac).

3 – Merge a layer into the one beneath it by pressing Ctrl- E (Command-E). If you have selected layers, this shortcut will merge those selected layers together.

4 – Change the transparency of a layer by changing its opacity with the Opacity slider, or typing a value into the Opacity box (which is visible when you have the Selection, Move, or Crop tools selected).

5 – Duplicate a selected layer by pressing Ctrl-J (Command-J on a Mac). You can also duplicate a layer by dragging it while pressing the Alt (Option) key.

6 – Select multiple layers by holding down Ctrl (Command on a Mac) and clicking the layer names. This forms a temporary link between the selected layers that allows you to move them as one unit, delete them all, and so on.

7 – You can also link layers together. Select layers by clicking on them while holding down Shift or Ctrl (Command on a Mac).

8 – To unlink all the layers, select one of the linked layers and go to Layer > Unlink Layers.

9 – To temporarily unlink a layer, hold down Shift and click on its link icon (a red “X” will appear over the link icon).

10 – Reactivate the link by holding down Shift and clicking the link icon again.

If you want to get more out of Photoshop, check out this amazing set of Photoshop Video Tutorials. They are presented by a professional portrait photographer and show you the exact post-processing he applies to his images to create jaw-dropping images his Clients absolutely love.