May 2015’s HDR...

The HDR Project Winner for May is… The winner of this month’s HDR Project was difficult to pick, as usual.  There were several excellent entries, but what made it even more difficult was the small pool to pick from.  I understand that this was challenging and I applaud all who...

May 2015’s Cri...

Not a month goes by where I am not awe-struck by the images submitted here.  There is some serious skill in this group and I am more than impressed with your ability to not only process photos with such finesse, but the compositions are great as well.  For the first time in HDR Insider...

May 2015’s Act...

About a Week ago on EverydayHDR I showed a technique for Dodging and Burning with the Curves Adjustment Layer.  It was designed to be a short watch and a quick tip with a powerful effect.  However, I had no idea it would be as effective as it is.  I made an Action for it for… This...

May 2015’s Pro...

This month I want to challenge you to make a horrible image!   I want to challenge you to process this photo in 2 very distinct ways: Process this in the way you think looks “good” or the ideal good photo that the general public would agree with. Process it in a horribly bad...

April 2015’s W...

This month I challenged you to break your comfort zone and try some new things.  This month I did the same for myself.  While this may seem like a simple challenge, if you continually try new things your workflow will always benefit as you start to pick up new tricks to add to your...

April 2015’s P...

Have I told you all lately how much you rock here on HDR Insider?  If I haven’t I’ll say it now… you rock!   Your submissions brought me to my knees, every one of you made a conscious effort to break your norm.  I know this because as I look at the entries I can… This...

April 2015’s C...

Another great critique session down! Every month this gets more and more difficult to critique on my end as the caliber of the images are getting progressively better.  This is a good thing!  It means we can pay more attention to the details. A couple things to mention about this critique: A...

April 2015’s A...

Okay so I know by now everyone is sick of snow… Sorry Vinny  However, based on last month’s Project I felt the need to make an Action that will winterize any photo.  The Action will do just about everything for you, all you have to do is paint in black on unwanted areas....

April 2015’s P...

  It is no Basillica, I know, but it is a pretty sweet looking church.  Would you believe that this cathedral is in the middle of Kansas?  Yep, in the middle of nowhere too.  I found this little gem on the way home from Photoshop World last year.  I know many people would love to…...

March 2015’s W...

 I had some fun with these little guys, as did most of us this month.  Some of these entries just cracked me up!  It was great to lighten the mood a bit. I went with a snow scene.  I thought it would be interesting to try and add some snow to the image to make… This content is for...

March 2015’s P...

As usual, the hardest part of my month is selecting the winner for the Project of the Month.  There is so much talent in this group that I wish I could select them all or at least give every single entry an honorable mention, but that would defeat the purpose of a friendly competition,...

March 2015’s C...

Another round of awesomeness! You truly never cease to amaze me.  I think these critique sessions are proof that we are growing exponentially with one another.  I know for a fact my work is better because of your participation in this session. I focused quite a bit on Color this month and as...

The HDR Master Class...

My First Ever Seminar Event in Kansas City! Saturday May 16th The HDR Master Class has been carefully crafted to give you all the knowledge you need to make better photographs, period.  Come on out and spend the entire day with Blake Rudis and your fellow peers as they navigate the wonderful,...

HDR & Perfect E...

Discover how to exploit the true potential in your photographs with Perfect Effects 9 using my HDR methods and essential workflow secrets. In this tutorial I will discuss everything from how I take HDR images to how I use Perfect Effects 9 to extract every ounce of dynamic range from...

March 2015’s A...

In the last Workflow Tutorial I showed you can create a vignette in Photoshop and use the Blend if Options to protect the highlights.  Well this month’s Action Package does just that!  It is a new and improved version of the Box Vignette from last year. It includes: Box Vignette –...

March 2015’s P...

So last month I read the comments and saw we needed something happy in the HDR Insider Project… well here you go, a happy penguin! All jokes aside, this is a great image to practice on.  It was taken at the Zoo in less than ideal lighting with an ISO of 5000!  While it is… This...

February 2015’...

Quite a bit of work went into this, but it didn’t take nearly as long as you’d assume!  Here’s the quick run down: Process in Photomatix 2 times Make one good HDR image Make one Ugly HDR image Move into Photoshop (skip ACR) Move Ugly HDR onto Good HDR and blend the best of...

February 2015’...

Wow, this month was difficult.  So much talent in this group that I wrote down 9 names that were in the running.  I walked away from it for a bit, then came back to select the winners.  This was a very hard decision as many people made some brilliant images. Here were my thoughts as…...

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