Fort Smith Photo Walk

The first “Photo Walk” in Fort Smith will be happening soon (Saturday June 20th).  Come and join me for a great day of photography and meeting great people.


Click here for more information.

Mid America Photography Symposium – Hidden Valley Ranch Photo Shoot


The Mid America Photography Symposium wah held in Eureaka Springs AR. on May 16 and 17 this year.  One of the sessions was a photo shoot at Hidden Valley Ranch just outside of Eureka Springs.  Hidden Valley Guest Ranch features horseback rinding in a wilderness setting, 650 acres of pristine Ozarks mountains and valleys provide the perfect atmosphere to recall the days when a horse provided the muscle for getting around.  The owner was kind enough to let us have the run of the ranch, provided a horse, old pickup truck, and other props for the shoot all at no charge.  On Friday the day before the symposium he was kind enough to provide the host’s of the shoot with a tour of the ranch.  This is a great place for a getaway weekend for you and that special someone, in one of the luxury log cabins.










Mid America Photography Symposium – Night Shoot


Last weekend was the Mid America Photography Symposium in Eureka Springs Arkansas.  One of the favorite shoots of the symposium is the Saturday late night shoot, held in downtown Eureka Springs.  We start at about 9:30 p.m. and quit by about 11:00, by this time we generally have the street mostly to ourselves since most of the business are closed.  For this shoot you can only use available light, making it a learning experience in night photography.









Hemmed In Hollow – Buffalo National River- Arkansas

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow


Hemmed In Hollow waterfall is the “Tallest waterfall between the Rockies and Appalachians” with a single drop of 209 feet.  Wind will cause the falls to sway from side to side during the long drop.

Located along the Buffalo National River part of the National Park Service, there is no entry fee or usage fee for the trails to the waterfall.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to get to Hemmed In Hollow is in the spring when you can float the Buffalo River to get to the falls, this is also the best time for more than just a trickle of water.
Where it is: The waterfall is located in the Ponca Wilderness Area part of the Buffalo National River park.
Directions: My favorite way of reaching the falls is by canoe.  Put in at either Ponca or Steel Creek on the Buffalo National River and float to the trail from the river. The trail is not marked and could be hard to find if not familiar with the river.  It is about 3/4 of the way to Kyles Landing, if there are many people on the river it will look like a canoe parking area on the left side of the river.  Once on the trial it is very easy to follow.
Map: nps-map
Buffalo Adventures Canoe Rental
(870) 446-5406
P.O. Box 414
Jasper, AR 72641

Buffalo Outdoor Center, Inc.
Ponca, AR 72670

Gordon Motel, Inc.
1-800-477-8509 or
(870) 446-5252
P.O. Box 60
Jasper, AR 72641

Keller’s Kanoes
(870) 446-2644
HCR 73, Box 39
Marble Falls, AR 72648

Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
(870) 861-5522
Ponca, AR 72670

Riverview Motel Canoe Rentals
(870) 446-2616
P.O. Box 352
Jasper, AR 72641

Driving and Hiking Directions On Hwy 43, this trail can be reached by hiking a three mile one-way from either Steel Creek or Kyle’s launch areas, or four miles one-way down Old Center Point Road which runs off of Hwy. 43, three miles north of Ponca
Contact Buffalo National River
402 N. Walnut, Suite 136
Harrison, AR 72601

E-mail Us

Visitor Information
(870) 439-2502

Park Headquarters
(870) 365-2700


(870) 365-2701

GPS Lat, Lon (wgs84) 36.06420, -93.30740
N 36°3’51″ W 93°18’27″
Lat, Lon (nad27) 36.0642, -93.3072
N 36°3’51″ W 93°18’26″
UTM (wgs84) 15 472317E 3991113N

Tips for the Photographer

Equipment: With a height of 200+ feet you will need an ultra wide angle lens to get the entire waterfall in a single picture.  I shot the ones on this page with a 16mm equivalent lens.
What to Photograph: The waterfall itself is definitely worth the trip, however you can easily find many more great areas to photography whether hiking or canoeing an hiking.  This is some of the most beautiful country in the state.
Photography Tips: Sunny days will lead to very bright areas and very dark areas in the photograph.  An overcast day would be the best time to shoot, and it you can’t make that happen this would be a good place to learn to do High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.
Links: How to Shoot Waterfalls

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Buffalo National River from Hemmed In Hollow Trail

Buffalo National River from Hemmed In Hollow Trail

Lightroom 2 – Making the Most of the Filmstrip

Note: All information is based upon Windows operating system and Lightroom 2.3

The filmstrip at at the bottom of the Lightroom workspace provides a great deal of functionality that may not be apparent at first look.  It is much more than just a quick thumbnail view of you photos.  This article will give a full working knowledge  and show you the hidden potential of the filmstrip.

The filmstrip is also one of very few items that are consistent across all of the modules in Lightroom.

Parts of the Filmstrip


Control Bar

The black control bar above the filmstrip lets you control most of what the filmstrip is doing.

Taking a closer look at the left side of the control bar we will see the following, from left to right.


Dual Monitor

On the very left you will see two icons numbered 1 and 2, these are for activating dual monitor support in lightroom.  Even if you do not have two monitors you can still use this to open a second lightroom window which can show a different lightroom view  than the first.  (Ctrl+shift+F11 toggles the secondary display between full screen and windowed views)

Grid View

The next icon which looks like 4 squares will automatically return you to the library module grid view on your primary monitor.

Forward and Back arrows – The forward and back arrows let you change between the current and previous lightroom views.  This could be changing folders or collections, or changing from library to develop or other modules.

Filmstrip Information – This displays the Catalog, Collection, or Folder currently displayed in the Lightroom Filmstrip. It also displays the number of photos being held in the Filmstrip, and whether or not any of them are selected. The final part of this information line displays a file name of the most recently selected photo.  By clicking on the down arrow at the end of the file name you will get a history of the recently used folders and collections and can click on any of them to quickly return to that location.


Filter Information


The right side of the control bar contains the filter controls for what is being seen in the filmstrip and grid views (as selected with the tools  in the library window used to flag, rate, and label photos).  You can filter on one or more of the “flag”, “rating”, or “label”  by clicking on the value you wish to use.  By using the drop down box to the right you can save you settings for future use as a preset.  The last icon will turn the filter on and off.


Below the control bar is the actual film strip with the thumbnails of your photos.  There is a number of icons representing different information that will appear on the image itself.


Virtual Copy Indicator

On the picture of the seagull you will see two of the same shot, however the second has the bottom left corner bent up, this indicates that this is a virtual copy and not the original image.

Quick Collection Indicator

On the last image in the filmstrip above you can see a small circle filled with medium gray in the top right-hand corner of the image, this indicates that the image is in the quick collection.  When you mouse over the image the circle  will appear on the image in light gray and by clicking will add it to the quick collection, if you click a dark graycircle it will remove it from the quick collection.


In the image below you can see three icons in the lower-right corner, these are “badges” and indicate in order left to right:

The image has one or more keywords.

The image has been cropped.

The image has has adjustments made in develop.

By clicking on the badge it will open the image in the module related to the badge.



The image below shows the icon for photo stacks in lightroom, it will show the number of photos in the stack.  When you click on the icon it will toggle between expanding and collapsing the stack.

stack1 stack2

Photo Matte

The matte around the image can give us additional information, by default most of this is turned off.  Right click on the filmstrip to get the following menu.


Click on “View Options” and if a check mark is not beside any of the options click the option and it will toggle on, repeat for additional options until all are turned on.


The “Rating” (stars) will appear in the lower left of the matte as 1 – 5 stars as seen on the image above.

Labels (Colors)

The labels that you select will show by changing the color of the matte to match your selection, when selected the color will show as a small line on the inside of the matte.


Picks (Flags)

The flags that you apply will show in the top left of the matte.  An unselected will show nothing, a  “Pick” will show a white flag and a reject will show a black flag with an X.   A rejected image will also show as a faded image in the filmstrip.


Selecting Images

The active selected image will have a white matte, any additional selected images will have a light gray matte, and unselected images will have either a dark gray or a colored matte to match the label.


To select a single image in the filmstrip simply click on the image and it will become the selected image.  To select additional images hold the “Ctrl” key and click the additional images.  To select a continuous range of images click the first, hold the “Shift” key and click the last.  You can click any selected image to change the Active image without losing the rest of your selections. To remove the selection from all images press “Ctrl + d” .

Customizing the Filmstrip

There are a number of things you can do to customize the appearance of the filmstrip.  You can change the size of the thumbnails by hovering the mouse between the top of the control bar and the bottom of the library window until your cursor turns to a double headed arrow, then click and drag up or down to make the images larger or smaller.  If the thumbnails become to small you will not see all of the information listed above.



Show image info tool tips

If you turned on the show image info tool tips as shown earlier, you may not have seen anything change.  To see the information hoover the cursor over an image in the filmstrip and a box will appear with information about the photo.


Scrolling Photos in the Filmstrip

There are several ways of scrolling through the filmstrip.

The slider bar at the bottom of the filmstrip, click and drag.

The small arrows at either end of the filmstrip, click and hold to scroll, let off to stop.

Hoover the cursor over the line between photos at the top of the filmstrip, when the cursor turns to a hand, drag the filmstrip to the left or right.

Use the left or right arrow keys on the keyboard.

Sorting Photos in the Filmstrip

This is a function of the filmstrip that you have to set in the Library Module.  In the tool bar at the bottom of the library module you should see a sort option with a double headed arrow for a drop down list.  You then click on the parameter that wish to have the photos sorted by (if you do not see this option click the down arrow on the far right of the library window and you will get a drop down box to toggle on and off what tools are showing).  You can also use the menu bar at the top and choose “View” – “Sort”.


Rearrange Photos in the Filmstrip

You may have noticed that the last item in the sort order is “User Order”, to manually arrange the photos click and drag on an image (not the matte) and move it to the location you want. Lightroom will remember this each time you choose “User Order”.  This can be very useful for sideshows, picture packages, and web galleries.

Show or Hide

You can show/hide the filmstrip by clicking on the down arrow at the bottom of the filmstrip.


If you right click on the down arrow icon you will get the above menu which will give more control over the action of the show/hide function.

I hope that this rather long post is helpful in understanding everything that is going on in the filmstrip, if  you find the information helpful please let me know.  If you find any mistakes or omissions let me know that as well.



I will post images I have captured, primarily in Arkansas and Oklahoma, but also from my travels.  I will also post articles about photography , photographic tips,  articles on using Adobe Lightroom and other random photo related information.

 I will be posting an ongoing project I call "Photographic Destinations".  In this I will give details on where, what, when and how to photograph various destinations both locally and from my travels.  Click on the "Photographic Destinations" under Categories and they will be sorted by location.


Enter Keywords to Search Photos

Subscribe to my Newsletter

Keep up to date with new articles, photos, "Photographic Destinations", classes, workshops and more.

Find Me on Facebook

Our Sponsers

Use the camera bags I do and get a free gift from our sponsor Think Tank Photo with a purchase of $50 or more by using the link below. Receive a FREE CAMERA BAG from Think Tank Photo


Subscribe to my Newsletter

Keep up to date with new articles, photos, "Photographic Destinations", classes, workshops and more.

Enter your email address to subscribe to Greg Disch Photography and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 28 other subscribers