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...

September 2014’...

I dug pretty deep in my archives for this one, but lately I have been missing the beach… a lot!  Being land locked in Kansas City has its benefits, but not many on the Pacific Coast!  This shot was taken in Oregon, while the landscape shows potential, there are certainly some things I...

September 2014’...

I have been adding a lot of workflow related Actions lately and started to get the itch for some more creative effects.  I built this one last week with the intent to make an image either colder or warmer and add a bit of atmosphere in the process.  Let’s face it, some photos can...

August 2014’s ...

For August’s Workflow Tutorial I focused specifically on Texturing and uses of texture on an already tone mapped and post-processed file.  There are many uses for texture and this tutorial may show you a different perspective on textures than you may have seen in the past. In this video...

August 2014’s ...

This project was a bit different than normal.  Instead of issuing the brackets for the project, I offered a Texture Package to be used on any photo of your choice.  The entries that came through were very well done and there was some very creative uses for texture.  Some people had never used...

August 2014’s ...

This Month’s images were pretty good as usual.  I did, however, ratchet up my expectations for the critique.  I was a bit more critical than usual.  I think this will be more helpful in the long run as it will force us to be more critical of our own work. I am looking forward to…...

August 2014’s ...

Every once in a while I get a wild hair that makes me want to change the course of things.  This August I want to do just that.  Instead of giving you the brackets for the project I am going to give you a texture package. I just hooked up a really sweet macro setup… This content is for...

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