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...

August 2014′s ...

Yep you read that right, auto dodge and burn!  This is a lazy mans technique and I love it!  It will automatically dodge all of your highlights and burn all of your shadows.  It is pretty rudimentary and may need some more masking after you run it, however, it does a decent job of...

Beyond the Wheel: Th...

This system is truly unique!  It allows you to break your image into 12 different “Color Zones”.   RED ORANGE YELLOW GREEN BLUE ULTRAMARINE CYAN MAGENTA VIOLET BLACK GREY WHITE   With the image broken down, you have full control over each individual color.  We are not talking the...

July 2014′s Wo...

This month I kinda tricked you.  Not intentionally, but this photo does not necessarily need any tone mapping to increase the dynamic range.  I know, I know, that was a mean thing to do, however, I wanted to prove a point.  I also wanted to use this image to discuss color in ways some...

July 2014′s Pr...

With the introduction to the Color Zone System earlier this month, I thought it suiting to make a color related Project.  I will say that I was expecting some hyper-saturation, however, that did not happen!  I am glad!   The entries were all so great as usual.  I had to dig pretty deep...

July 2014 Critique S...

This Month’s Critique started out a little different as the individual that submitted the image was curious about how to make it better.  So the first photo is more of a Workflow Tutorial in Camera Raw and how I attack the “Pseudo HDR” in ACR. Another bunch of awesome images...

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