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…...

February 2015’...

Another great round of Critique images. This month there was no real common theme to target.  I did do some more artistic style adjustments with a few images, but nothing outwardly crazy.  It was a good round of photos with a ton of talent. You ladies and gentlemen, Rock! Feel free to keep...

February 2015’...

I have been experimenting a lot lately with Matte Finishing Effects.  You can see these all over 500px.  It seems some of the bets images have this odd kind of matte finish effect on them.  In hopes I could achieve something similar in nature I set out and created 4 Matte effects and now...

February 2015’...

This month’s project is rather simple.  There are no real rules, no compositing guidelines, just good old fashioned HDR fun. This image is from the Missouri State Penitentiary.  It is known to be haunted and I was there filming some stuff by myself for a few hours… it was pretty...

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...

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