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Class Introduction

Lesson 1 from: Post-Processing Workflow for Portraits and Landscapes

Blake Rudis

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

I'm here to talk about portrait and landscape work flow, and to do that, I have to talk about systems. So, do you know what life is like without a system? (muttered audience response) It's chaos, it's having your third child, which has happened recently, so, you know, everybody's like, how's three kids going for you, Blake? And I'm like, uh, uh, it's good (laughter). You know, everyone asks me, how's three kids? Awesome, it's great, fine, we got this down. I'm like, yeah, we do, uh huh, because I'm very strong in my routines, I'm very strong in my systems, so this third child comes into our house, our third boy, Matthew, and he's awesome, I love him, love him to death, you know, I'd do anything for my children, but my whole world was in chaos for about two months. I remember calling my sister, how's it going, I was like, you have no idea what this is like with three kids, I can't collect myself, I can't collect myself. So eventually we got back into a routine and that system started to...

reformat, and once my system started to reformat, I love life with three children, but this is exactly like your work flow, your photographic work flow. What do your pictures look like without a system? What does it look like after you get down with an event without a system? What does it look like after you get back from Yosemite and you don't have a system? I'm not talking a cataloging system, I'm talking a workflow system to edit these images. Now, I'm very systematic in my approach, and I'm systematic in my approach because of my military background. I was a parachute rigger, and as a parachute rigger, if you make one wrong move, someone doesn't see their family, you know? Now, it's not that bad when it comes to pictures (laughs) which makes my life really easy now, but even the most minute fold could be the difference between a 100-foot opening and, between 100 feet and that opening process, so if you've got a reserve parachute that has to open up at 800 feet and it's guaranteed to open up at 800 feet at that level, even the smallest fold goes from 800 to 700 to 600, and all these little things can come in play that affect that, so I started to realize, actually, that I was a very systematic person. I thought I was this carefree, charismatic, artist guy, like, you know, this is how I roll, you know, but I realized really quickly in that role that I'm a systematic person because of the things that I had to develop to switch my brain to think about things in terms of stopping points, calling people to come and over check on my parachute for me as a second set of eyes, and you're going to see how that comes into play with this workflow.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Blake Rudis' Workflow Actions
Intro to Workflow
Workflow Blueprint

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Adobe Stock Tutorials

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

Great class, great instructor. Fast, to the point and on target. Lots of useful good info. No stories, no fluff, just down to business. Well worth your time and effort.


Great class to bring you from self-taught (or free online) to professional-level performance! I’ve been working in ACR (via Bridge) for years and this material has provided me with confidence in my current workflow, tips on how I can refine my workflow to become more efficient, and given me actionable stepping stones to move up to the next level. Thank you!


Gagh! Amazing! This is a fast paced class but the topics he teaches will change how I edit my photos. Great class! If you want to make your pictures pop and understand how to use color and tone....get this class!

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