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PHOTOSHOP WORKFLOW ESSENTIALS – ZSE6 Bonus 3 – f.64 Elite by Blake Rudis

THE ZONE SYSTEM EXPRESS 6

Lesson3 Workflow Analysis

I have spent the last ten years perfecting my photographic workflow.   One of the major innovations I made in this time was the development of the Zone System Express, an incredible tool that helps me maintain a consistent and predictable workflow.  It has been through 5 iterations so far and the 6th is going to revolutionize the way you edit your photos.

I can’t just leave you with a tool, while it is a powerhouse, it is nothing without the education to go along with it.  With the panel comes 8 hours of education that will teach you my workflow of Tone, Color, and Effects

Source: ZSE6 Bonus #3 – f.64 Elite

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PHOTOSHOP WORKFLOW ESSENTIALS – ZSE6 Bonus 2 – f.64 Elite by Blake Rudis

Lesson2 Blake’s Anatomy (of a layer in Ps)

I have spent the last ten years perfecting my photographic workflow.   One of the major innovations I made in this time was the development of the Zone System Express, an incredible tool that helps me maintain a consistent and predictable workflow.  It has been through 5 iterations so far and the 6th is going to revolutionize the way you edit your photos.

I can’t just leave you with a tool, while it is a powerhouse, it is nothing without the education to go along with it.  With the panel comes 8 hours of education that will teach you my workflow of Tone, Color, and Effects

Source: ZSE6 Bonus 2 – f.64 Elite

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Photoshop Workflow Essentials ZSE6-Bonus 1 – f.64 Elite by Blake Rudis

The Zone System Express 6

Lesson1 : Understanding Photoshop’s Layer Types for a better Workflow

I have spent the last ten years perfecting my photographic workflow.   One of the major innovations I made in this time was the development of the Zone System Express, an incredible tool that helps me maintain a consistent and predictable workflow.  It has been through 5 iterations so far and the 6th is going to revolutionize the way you edit your photos.

I can’t just leave you with a tool, while it is a powerhouse, it is nothing without the education to go along with it.  With the panel comes 8 hours of education that will teach you my workflow of Tone, Color, and Effects

Source: ZSE6-Bonus 1 – f.64 Elite

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Glow Brushes in ACR and Lightroom – f64 Academy | Blake Rudis

I have long been a fan of the Orton Effect.   So much so, that I built my variation of it for the Zone System Express called “Radiance 2.0”.  The glowing effect makes an amazing atmosphere for your photo, regardless of the genre, but I wanted it in some Glow Brushes too!

The other day I was experimenting with the Radiance 2.0, and I thought, “What I wouldn’t  give to have this kind of glow, but in a brush!”  Of course, your first thought is to just mask the effect in Photoshop, there’s a brush, right?

Sure, but I want even MORE control than that.

Source: Glow Brushes in ACR and Lightroom {Video} – f64 Academy

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The Perspective Crop Tool in Photoshop – Video – f64 Academy

Perspective Correction has Never been so easy- The Perspective Crop Tool – Blake Rudis

With all interior architecture images, there is a need to fix the perspective as many perspective altering variables come into play.  What lens are you using, are you tilting your camera up or down to make it all fit, or is the camera slightly off center?  All of these things can throw off our interior architecture images, and each one will come with a different set of problems for fixing them.

There is a tool in Photoshop that just may save the day in many of the scenarios listed above.  The Perspective Crop tool is unique in that it fixes the perspective while cropping the image as the name so graciously implies ?  The Perspective Crop tool is, however, not the easiest thing to comprehend because a little bit of this and a little bit of that can really mess the photo up.  In today’s  tutorial I will give you some direction, but here are some best practices to consider

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The Color Picker in Photoshop – f64 Academy

Let’s get to some basics, the color picker

Photoshop is such a massive program it can be very easy to get lost in all of its intricacies.  With so many features and bells and whistles, it is very easy for us to get used to one tool and know it very well. All the while we can very easily glance over the basic tools and often take them for granted, like the color picker.

I recently published a tutorial that showcased the difference blend mode.  During the tutorial, I spent quite a bit of time in the color picker within Photoshop.  After the tutorial was all said and done, I received an email asking me about the color picker and why theirs looked different.  After a look at a screenshot form them I could see that a different radio dial had been selected before my tutorial.  That clued me in that I have yet to discuss this intricate tool and cover all of the little facets of color selection.

At first glance, it looks like a tool to select a color.  However, there is a lot of useful information packed into all the ones and zeros there.  In this tutorial, I will break it down for you so you can make better color selections.

Source: The Color Picker in Photoshop – f64 Academy by Blake Rudis

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12 Kerstmis tips…

Blake Rudis van f64 Academy legt in 12 korte videotutorials uit hoe je o.a. een speciale kerstkaart kunt maken. Van 13 tot 24 december 2018 wordt dagelijks een extra tip voorgelegd en uitgewerkt. Laat het u inspireren!!!

Je kunt de video’s hier  bekijken.

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Why do my photos suck? – f64 Academy

Why do my photos suck?

Blake Rudis and Jim Welninski have both been asked various forms of this question over their years of teaching and coaching photographers.  In these two videos, they will give you their perspective and the result might shock you as it has nothing to do with your technical skills!

The answer is already inside you.

Source: Creative Mechanic free video #1 – f64 Academy by Blake Rudis and Jim Welninski Jim

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The Vivid Light Blend Mode [Video] – f64 Academy

There are 27 blend modes in Adobe Photoshop and if you are anything like the “me before I learned them all“, you are only using three, maybe four to their maximum potential.  One of those you may be missing out on is the Vivid Light Blend Mode.  It is a powerhouse for color grading, but on the surface, it looks far from it!

Eight Blend Modes don’t function like the rest of their friends in the bunch.

Vivid Light Blend Mode one f the 8 Fill Blend Modes

These eight Blend Modes rely heavily on the Fill slider.  Each blend mode is a sort of calculation happening in the background after you select it.  While they all have different calculations, they are essentially pre-programmed to turn pixels on and off, add, subtract, multiply or divide pixels, or told to call upon other blend modes.  The Vivid Light Blend mode is a mixture of Color Burn and Color Dodge and interacts with your image differently based on the selected layer.

Source: The Vivid Light Blend Mode [Video] – f64 Academy

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Vivitar 500mm lens, too good to be true? – f64 Academy

Does the Vivitar 500mm lens hold up to it’s hefty $119 price tag?

It is not very often that I need a 500mm lens.  I can recall a handful of times I said it would be nice, and maybe once at Indian Beach in Oregon where I NEEDED it.  Therefore, the likelihood of me running out and buying a $2000+ lens for one or two shots every once in a while is very impractical.

Before we take this any further, let me clarify something.  I am primarily a landscape guy who is tripod mounted and more often than not, shooting between f/11 and f/16.  A super-fast telephoto is one of the least of my worries.  However, if you are a wildlife or sports photographer, by all means, you need a fast telephoto.  This post is for the tripod mounted photogs. 

While I was researching off brand telephoto lenses on Amazon, I ran across this super cheap ($119 at the time of purchase) 500-1000mm telephoto lens.   I thought it was too good to be true so I picked one up.   I figured I’d only be out $119 if it turned out to be a lemon and it might, at the least, make a good conversation piece in my camera and lens collection.  To my surprise, it is much better than expected.

Source: Vivitar 500mm lens, too good to be true? – f64 Academy

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