#156–Blake Rudis–Photomatix

Blake Rudis – HDR Editing with Photomatix

Blake Rudis from everydayhdr.com returns to discuss his HDR editing workflow.  Photomatix is a big part, but that’s just the start.

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Blake Rudis

(from Blakes’s website – go here for more info.)

Blake has been into art his entire life, not necessarily Photography, but art in general. He received his Bachelor’s in Fine Art with a concentration in Printmaking from the University of Delaware in 2006. He had a love for Sculpture, but did not have quite enough credits to make it a declared minor. He loved every aspect of art at the University except Photography. In college Blake despised the attitudes of photographers, they always made snide remarks like, “Why do I need to draw or make these stupid prints, I am a Photographer?” or “What does sculpture have to do with Photography?”

Shortly after graduating Blake moved to California to pursue a full time position. He strongly pursued painting upon his arrival. He leased a painting studio in an old canning factory in San Jose. He created over 43 paintings in one year, but after an epic failure at a horrible gallery Blake got discouraged. He needed a new artistic venture.
Despite his bitter resentment toward photographers, Blake picked up his first DSLR. He could not stop photographing the California coast. This went on for a few years, until once again; Blake became discouraged with yet another art form. He couldn’t get his images to appear exactly as he saw them. No matter how hard he post processed them they just did not do the California coast the justice it deserved.

Show Notes:

  • Interview:

    • Editing HDR in Photomatix – Before / During / After

      HDR sometimes get called Tone Mapping…not always interchangeable

      Suggest for HDR Landscape photos:

      • f/8 to f/11…this is where the camera lens is sharpest.

      • Always shoot in RAW…have around fourteen different bits of information versus around eight in jpeg.  This four bits is a huge amount of information

      • Bracketing – how many???  used to shoot five and get brackets far out, however, realized need +2 / -2 / 0.  A bracket of +1 / -1 / 0 does not have enough information.

      • Tripod mount – eliminates potential issues

      • Shutter release

      • Continuous mode…prevents re-focus and re-meter

      • Auto White Balance…doesn’t matter in RAW

      • Aperture Priority Mode

      • ISO 100

      • Have fun

      Blake demonstrates using Photomatix…”Photomatix is not the end all be all…it is just a tool to get you to the end”

      Save file as a 16 bit TIFF…this will be edited later.  This gives you a large file to work with.

      Open with Adobe Camera RAW

For the remainder of the show, Blake gave us a walk through of his Zone Editing System.

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geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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