I’ve been doing a lot of headshots this year and I often have to do a few things to a lot of images over and over. Mostly it involves culling through images, making a few tweaks in Camera Raw, and then bringing the shots into Photoshop for the final post work. This involves a lot of clicking and dragging of on screen sliders as well as some keyboard shortcuts that are less than ideal at times for speed. Enter the ShuttleExpress.

The ShuttleXpress is a small round controller that looks like a small flying saucer has landed on your desk. In the center is a spinning dial or “jog wheel” and it is surrounded by a rubberized “shuttle wheel”. Across the top half of the circular controller are five buttons. At the top of the base (at the 12 o'clock position) is a 20 inch (51cm) usb cable.

The central dial has a small indentation that lets one spin the dial with just a fingertip. This dial has no stopping point and will spin either direction endlessly as long as it is turned. The shuttle wheel that surrounds this dial is spring loaded and provides increased resistance as it is turned further to either side. It does not spin around entirely and snaps back into its original position when released.

These types of jog/shuttle arrangements are quite common on video editing control surfaces with the wheels providing playback control of the video footage. They work equally well for audio transport controls and the ShuttleXpress software comes with configurations already set up for many audio and video editing applications. 

Of course my primary use would be for Adobe Bridge / Camera Raw / Photoshop so I wanted to see what how this could integrate into the applications and hopefully improve my efficiency. Let's see how that worked out.

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone. I hope everyone has had as great a holiday as we have. Something I am very thankful for is yet another image to share for Headshot of the Week! which shows off my my friend Liz and how wonderful she is in front of the camera. This week's HotW! diverges from my usual studio setup and instead we took the action outside. Now I don't normally shoot headshots outside, but when I do, this is what you get! I have Liz to thank for it as it was her idea to do this session outdoors which we ended up shooting at On Track Studios in Franklin. There were a lot of really great shots that came out of this session but this one really stood out for me. Thank you Liz!

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This photo for Headshot of the Week! was along time coming. I've known Lori for somewhere around 15 years and recently had the chance to get her in front of the camera for a headshot. This was done as part of a half day of headshots I did for a group that she is a member of so as usual, I only had a few minutes with my subjects. Despite the short time, Lori "brought it on" in full. This shot was just one of several that I had a hard time choosing between for this week's HotW!

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Say hello to Kelvin P, this week's Headshot of the Week! Kelvin's shot came from the shoot I did for the local IIBA meeting here in Franklin recently. There were a lot of great shots that came out of that half day of shooting and Kelvin's photos easily stood out as some of the best of the day. He has a great connection with camera and his expression is an excellent blend of confidence and friendliness. You see this photo and you just feel like you want to talk with him and learn more about this guy. Easy pick for this week's HotW! Awesome job Kelvin! 

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This week's Headshot of the Week! was as special treat for me. My friend Lynn Yates needed headshots this past weekend and I told to her to bring it on! Lynn is always fantastic in front of the camera (she's an actor by the way) so any chance I can get to shoot with her I will take it. This shot was one of several great captures we got during our session. It wasn't easy to pick just one!

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