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Blake Rudis

Blake Rudis

Through his outside of the box thinking Blake has developed a training style that is both engaging and inspirational! Follow Blake on his journey!

2 weeks ago

Blake Rudis
Hey, remember when everyone was complaining about sky replacements 4 or 5 years ago.Now everyone is focused on AI.Go ahead and replace a sky, no one will care 😆 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Blake Rudis
Be grateful that artist photographers show you their vision, not what came straight from the camera. Yes, things are not as they seem when we share our vision, but please don't make a craftsman feel bad about their work with phrases like, "That's not a photo" or "You Photoshopped that, didn't you?" Phrases like this could make an artist self-conscious and could hinder their desire to share more frequently.Here's a parable that may help you understand what I mean a bit better._____________There were two friends, Jon and Sam. Jon just graduated from culinary school and wanted to make dinner for his good friend Sam and his wife. He decided on steak with a balsamic reduction sauce, something he thought he excelled at in school.The night had come and Sam was welcomed into Jon's home, the aroma of seared steak filled the air. As they sat down to eat, Jon presented his creation with pride. However, upon seeing the reduction sauce drizzled over the steak, Sam quickly remarked, "Jon, if the steak needed sauce, then it wasn’t prepared properly" while he snickered.Jon was taken aback. He wanted to enhance the dish with his culinary creativity, not mask any flaw in his cooking. The remark stung a little as Jon felt he was preparing a truly amazing meal for his friend and his wife.____________The moral is that some people have their own preference on how a steak or a photo should be "done" and some people say things because someone else said them, and they follow the crowd without even trying the sauce. Regardless of my personal preferences in photo post-production, I'm grateful that artist photographers show me what they experienced and not what came straight out of the camera. I may not always like their sauce, but I appreciate them for building an experience for me. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Blake Rudis
I've received several emails this last week about Grids and Guides not working when using the Gradient Tool in Photoshop (not the gradient editor). Some are noticing that when they click on the Gradient Tool they no longer see the lines that show you what part of the image the gradient as affecting.In this case, go to your Preferences, then select Performance.Check the "Use Graphics Processor" box.In the Advanced Settings, ensure "Anti Alias Guides and Paths" is checked. Restart Photoshop if necessary, then check to see if the grids and guides work.Also, note that pressing CTRL+H (CMD+H on Mac) will toggle view/hide on these guides as well. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Blake Rudis
f.64 Elite members, are ya ready for Monday? We are having an extended roundtable discussion that will start at 1 PM CDT and end at 3:30 PM CDT. For the first time ever, I'm doing a live edit session. Members will be able to talk with me and the rest of the gang as I edit some images. I've picked five with the intent of processing three of them (time permitting). I'll let you guys pick which ones I process. I selected a mixed bag of images here to try and appease many genres that I routinely photograph.I think it'll be a great time, and I'm looking forward to it. If you aren't an Elite Member, now's a great time to hop in. The water is nice 😉 ►Link to more information about f.64 Elite in the commentsOh, and as always, it will be recorded with chapters and a searchable transcript in case you can't make it live. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Blake Rudis
Y'all, Sony just implemented custom grids in a few of their flagship models and I couldn't be more excited! I spent the morning making some custom grids.IMO they marketed this well for portrait and event photographers, but left a huge market of people wondering why this new feature would be worth spending $150 on.As a landscape photographer having a dynamic symmetry grid and the golden spiral on the back of my camera was a dream. Now it's a reality! P.s. don't judge me for spending $150 on grids for my camera. I know what y'all spend money on for your camera 🤣#sonyphotography #sonyalpha ... See MoreSee Less
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