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Blake Rudis Zone System Express 4.0 Review

Take your photo processing to the next level

It’s a constantly evolving process to improve my workflow. Blake Rudis created a great system that allows me to achieve great results in an efficient and improved method. The Blake Rudis Zone System Express 4.0 allows me to use tools in Photoshop 2018 in an optimal way.

Blake’s system is a workhorse that delivers consistent results every time. The system is more than just a Photoshop plug-in. It comes complete with examples and the theory behind the various options. The lessons are designed to be used from the beginning to the end. The lessons are complete, concise, and easy to understand.

There is a broad array of tools to assist you with achieving your artistic vision for your images. Many of them are useful tools. Blake’s ZSE 4.0 provides a solid foundation towards achieving your artistic vision.

Calla lilies in bloom

Calla lilies in bloom

The above photograph was made several years ago but never completed until I used Blake’s ZSE 4.0 in post-production. The System is an essential part of my workflow. If you want to take your work to the next level, I recommend ZSE 4.0.

Architectural Photography

Tips for shooting architectural photographs

Architectural photography is one of my favorite subjects and one of the most challenging subjects to photograph. All of the photos in this post are related to that topic. Below are a few of the photographs from the shoot.

With any photography, perspective and composition are key elements. Give the image an interesting attraction to the eye. Find a perspective that is unique. Photographs that are from a common perspective will often not be as interesting. They will generally not have a strong impact if photographed from a common view. Some photographers will shoot from their normal standing position. There are times this will work. There are no rules but there are good practices to consider for the photograph. One of the methods is to find a low perspective. Sitting on the ground can help get a good shot.

Pay close attention to everything in the frame. Reposition if unwanted elements are included in the composition. It’s a good practice to not shoot with the idea of cropping later. You are wasting pixels. Each photograph should be important. Don’t let yourself fall into poor techniques. They will become habits. That lessens the quality of your photographs.

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” – Diane Arbus

architectural photography looking up

low angle view with a steep upward angle of the old Alabama Power Company building in Birmingham, Alabama


angled view of the old Alabama Power Company building in Birmingham, Alabama

angled view of the old Alabama Power Company building in Birmingham, Alabama

Gerry Daniel Photography

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