January 2015’s...

This Month was pretty fun with all the compositing action going on.  Immediately when I saw this hand I saw it giving life to something so I went with that idea for the composite.  I used quite a bit of textures and extras (like the tree and the flames) that you are free to download…...

January 2015’s...

There were so many creative images submitted for this month.  It was very hard to decide on a winner.  With Composite Photography Projects it is difficult to pick a winner based on the varying skill levels. For this project I took a lot into account.  I did not disregard skill, but I was less...

January 2015’s...

Another great set of images to start this year’s Critique series. Overall the photos submitted were excellent.  There was much less about cropping and a lot more about Color especially fixing color temperatures with the Selective Color Adjustment Layer.  I had to be a bit more picky...

January 2015’s...

Happy New Year! Here is a fun image for this month’s Project.  This hand projects from the beach in Maryland’s National Harbor.  It is an interesting place for this sculpture, especially when you see its surroundings!  This month I figured it would make for one AWESOME Project!...

January 2015’s...

This month’s action is similar to what I showed in the last Workflow Tutorial, however, it is MUCH more advanced and fully customizable!  It basically creates an effect similar to Topaz Glow (when used subtly), without the elaborate interface.  It is very effective on many types of...

December 2014 Workfl...

I really enjoy this project and think I will make it a yearly tradition!  I went out to Union Station in Kansas City for this project assignment, because it looks like Christmas threw up all over it!  A beautiful place to get in the holiday spirit! Please feel free to download this image and...

December 2014’...

This month’s assignment was very different than what we are used to here on HDR Insider.  It was pretty open ended in that you were able to upload any ‘festive’ Holiday HDR images from your area.  I always enjoy seeing how different cities, towns, countries ‘dress...

December 2014’...

This was another great session to add to the books. A heavy hitter this month (like last month) was the idea of effective cropping, but with this critique in particular there were specific reasons for it.  ‘Forcing perspective’ seemed to be the biggest reason for effective...

Exploring HDR: The V...

http://youtu.be/1_N068RiCh8 Exploring HDR The Video Series is loosely based on the eBook Exploring HDR from 2012.  This series is an all inclusive, one stop shop for everything HDR.  It covers 6 HDR Methods in great detail: Traditional Tone Mapping Single Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw Pseudo...

December 2014’...

Earlier in November I did a Tutorial on how to make better Black and White images in Photoshop using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.  This is such a powerful technique to create better B&W images.  In the tutorial, I did not include an Action but have since created a mini-B&W...

December 2014’...

Last year we did something pretty fun with the Project of the Month.  Instead of the typical project download, we took photos of festive things in our area and HDR’ed them.  It was pretty cool seeing where everyone was from and how those areas all look during the holidays so this month...

November 2014’...

I had a lot of fun with this project.  I processed it 3 different times to see which image I wanted to start with. Photomatix Pro Merge To HDR Pro in Photoshop Single RAW Exposure in ACR These are 3 of the 6 techniques I discuss in Exploring HDR: The Video Series.  While I look… This...

DZS CZS Bundle | $19...

This Bundle combines both training packages, The Digital and Color Zone Systems, into one heavily discounted purchase.  In these training packages you will learn all you need to know about Tone and Color and how to control with maximum efficiency! The Digital Zone System breaks your image...

November 2014’...

This month I was blown away by not only the entries, but the community involvement!  …So inspiring… I really try to keep away from the Project until the very end of the month.  I like to look at all of the images in the end for that shocking surprise when I see them all...

November 2014’...

This critique session was a lot of fun.  I tried to do something different with this session and focus on effective cropping.  Cropping is something I rarely do as I tend to shoot pretty wide and enjoy the wide angle “look” on my images.  However, I have noticed that sometimes I...

November 2014’...

The Fall colors have been looking pretty good out here in the Midwest.  I know many of you may live in locations with less color, or maybe your leaves don’t change at all!  So here is your chance to experiment with some of the fall colors. Here’s the deal with this month.  I want...

November 2014’...

In the last Workflow Tutorial I showed you an interesting way to make a Day to Night image.  While this technique is useful, it has quite a few steps that I forgot not even 5 minutes after showing it!  For that reason I turned the first couple of steps into an Action.   There are…...

October 2014’s...

When I saw this photo I immediately said to myself, “I wish I could come back here at night, this would be gorgeous!” As it turns out, I didn’t have to go back at night.  I figured out how to make a broad daylight photo taken at 2 PM with harsh light and turn it… This...

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