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...

October 2014’s...

This month there were some amazing entries  in the Project.  As usual, I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of growing talent on HDR Insider.  This also makes my job really tough, with such an awesome pool of photos to pick from I had to make some tough calls. While I certainly enjoy a...

October 2014’s...

October’s Critique Session filled up fast with some incredible images.  The critique sessions are getting more and more picky as time progresses because the images are getting better and better.  That is a good thing, but do not let that stop you from submitting your work if you think...

October 2014’s...

Every once in a while we find ourselves in a pinch where we want to use Bracketing to make multiple exposures for HDR, but we can’t.  It may be a low light situation where you do not have a tripod, or a blazing action scene where multiple exposures would just be impossible!  A couple...

October 2014’s...

I took so many awesome pictures in Utah and Colorado on my way home from Photoshop World.  That entire stretch of road form Las Vegas to Denver (about 12 hours) is absolutely incredible.  I have never seen anything quite like it.  However, I have yet to venture out through the Arches National...

September 2014’...

I had a bit of fun with this project this month and did something I have not done in a LONG time!  I made some brush presets to add elements into the image.  I did it toward the end, but I added some birds and clouds with brushes that I made from other images.  This… This content is for...

September 2014’...

Every once in a while, well okay… all the time, I miss the coast.  Being landlocked is such a pain when you have a yearning to photograph the Ocean!  Luckily I have a lot of Ocean images to fall back on in times of need like this.  I was happy to share this set of… This content is...

September 2014’...

Beautiful photographs this month, as usual!  The bar is raising higher and higher as these critiques progress. I kept the format very similar to August and raised the expectations of the images.  While some of the suggestions may seem picky, I want you to see my thought process as I look at...

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