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Webinar Recordings: Nature Photography & iHDR Workflow

iHDRrecordingsFormat: Streaming Recorded Session using Cisco’s Webex Format, Available for at least 30 days after purchase

Price: $25 Per Session

Fundamentals & Equipment:
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Histogram & Raw Processing:
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Layers & Masks:
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iHDR Workflow:
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Description

For those who could not attend our live webinar series on Nature Photography and iHDR, we are pleased to be able to offer these recorded sessions. In order to view the streaming video, students will need a high-speed internet connection (DSL, Cable, T1, etc.), a computer with internet browser (such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.).

Included with Recorded Webinar: Downloadable notes, sample images, and instructional videos via ftp (where applicable).

Students will have access to the streaming videos for at least 30 days after purchase. Feel free to view and review the videos as often as you’d like. Downloadable materials are yours to keep – for practice and review.

Recording Session 1 – Nature Photography, Equipment, and Research
Session one is for students of all skill levels, and will focus on the basics of Nature Photography. After a brief discussion of composition and light, we will move on to discuss the equipment we use and how we use it. We will also talk about what it takes to shoot landscapes, and the research that helps us choose our shooting locations.

Recording Session 2 – Histograms and RAW processing
During session two, we will take an in depth look at the histograms and teach students how to work with RAW files. We will explain the difference between file types and introduce the basics of Adobe Camera RAW, before walking students through the processing of sample images. Students will work to make decisions about color balance, exposure, contrast, and more as they work together on images provided by the instructors. This session is for student of all skill levels.

Recording Session 3 – Layers and Masks in Photoshop
The material presented in session three is critical to the understanding of our iHDR process. This session is recommended for intermediate and advanced students – and those who have completed sessions one and two. Students will learn the basics of layers and masks in Adobe Photoshop. Sample images will be provided, and students will work alongside the instructors as they learn to use layers, and create and refine masks. Students will learn simple and practical blending techniques, and will receive an introduction to manual High Dynamic Range blending.

Recording Session 4 – iHDR Workflow
Session four is our most advanced session. Students who wish to attend should have completed sessions one, two, and three – or should have a solid understanding of layers and masks, and a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and how it works. We will focus on processing bracketed images using our Intelligent High Dynamic Range blending techniques. Students will use critical skills from sessions two and three to process bracketed RAW images, and blend them using layers and carefully refined masks. We HIGHLY recommend completing sessions 2 & 3 before at

31 replies
  1. Bob Boyle
    Bob Boyle says:

    I recently purchased Elements 10. Will I be able to execute the techniques you describe in Recording Sessions 3 and 4 with this software package?

    I also have CS3, but importing RAW files from my D7000 to CS3 is a hassle…although it can be done.

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      You should be able to reproduce most of the techniques we discuss in sessions 3 and 4 in Elements 10 – but we don’t use the program, so we can’t help you find out which techniques will work and which ones won’t. Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to try the technique with all the available software products. We work with Photoshop CS5 at this time, and our recordings are based upon that program. However, all of the techniques will work in CS3.

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    • Jay Patel
      Jay Patel says:

      HI Matt,

      At this time the recording is available to be watched online (streaming) only because it uses Webex’s proprietary recording format. But you are allowed to watch it as many times as you like.

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  2. Sandeep
    Sandeep says:

    I am thinking of purchasing these lessons, really interested in the mask refining and iHDR sessions. I am fine with watching them online, but will they be available forever?

    (It says above the videos will be “Available for at least 30 days after purchase”.
    I tend to keep forgetting new techniques very easily and would definitely want the ability to keep coming back to the videos (even after 30 days))

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    • Jay Patel
      Jay Patel says:

      Hello Sandeep,

      We do provide downloadable materials that includes notes, sample videos and image samples that will help you remember the iHDR. We have no intention on taking down our recordings unless we change service providers or find a different recording format.

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  3. Bob Estremera
    Bob Estremera says:

    Hello Jay, Very interested in your iHDR workflow. Using Photomatix now and have used a PS (CS3) workflow in the past of stacking bracketed photos and making masks. I still think the current crop of ‘natural’ HDR processing still looks ‘over processed’ to me. Will your masking ebooks ‘101’ and ‘Mask Series Basic Blending’ be a good enough foundation for your iHDR workflow session?
    Thanks Jay, Bob Estremera

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    • Jay Patel
      Jay Patel says:

      HI Bob,

      The technique was developed by both Varina and Myself. To answer your question, the webniar offers lot more details look at Layers and Masks. It also introduces luminosity mask concept and provides notes, samples and flash video that a student can download. It may be that you will be able to pick up the materials from the eBooks…but it depends upon your learning style.

      Thanks and good luck.

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  4. Mike Farnsworth
    Mike Farnsworth says:

    Why the 30 day limit on access to the streaming vids? There’s no way thru Cisco’s Webex to provide unlimted access to the purchased vids? The 30 day limit is the only reason I hesitate to buy sessions 1 thru 4

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    • Jay Patel
      Jay Patel says:

      Hello Mike,

      Thanks for your interest. We have the webinar available for downloads since more than a year…but we have to keep 30 days time limit in case Cisco changes their terms or we have to terminate the webinars due to some reason. We are working to get them available in downloadable version, but it will take some time.

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  5. Ian Leslie
    Ian Leslie says:

    I found this from a recent post of yours on G+ and I am very interested in doing HDR that looks natural. I have been working on that a lot lately. I have to say that I am interested in your workshop recordings but I am quite nervous about the 30 day limit. This is the kind of thing that I will want to look at more then once. I hope you consider a different delivery mechanism. Otherwise I’ll have to find a time when I can set aside a lot of time to work on learning.

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      I understand your concerns, Ian. We are considering other options for distributing our iHDR webinar sessions, but it is an enormous task to prepare each session for sale. I hope you’ll be patient with us! :)

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  6. Ian Leslie
    Ian Leslie says:

    Thank you Varina. I can be patient absolutely. I am curious though can you not “simply” convert the WebEx to a standard video format and then offer that? Or am I missing some higher level issues you are considering?

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  7. Miguel Palaviccini
    Miguel Palaviccini says:

    Hi, I just ran across your site and am hooked. I am interested in buying the iHDR session but was wondering if you offered a student discount. :) hope to hear back soon!

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  8. ChrisB
    ChrisB says:

    Just my feedback about the training – more so about the delivery method than the actual training – I purchased the IHDR workflow session a few months back; however, I was not able to get anything out of it due to the delivery method. First- you NEED to be online to use it, unfortunately, I live in a place where online access is limited or very slow -the video could not play correctly. Second – the system is not user friendly at all – I could not download the photo files and Third- it is available for only 30 days. The IHDR technique seems to be great (based on reviews)but it is sad to say that I bought a session to learn the IHDR technique and was not able to use it at all. Guys you really need to update your delivery method. There are plenty of software that lets you record video and save it as a video file, you could even do this through Webex. Its sad but I have you give you a bad review – not because of the tecnique but because I could not use the system

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thanks for your comment, Chris. I’m sorry you had a problem viewing the iHDR workflow sessions. We haven’t had any other people encounter this problem – perhaps because most people who purchase the series have a fast internet connection. We are currently working on a new series of videos, but it will be some time before they are ready for sale. Meanwhile, please contact us directly via email to discuss your options. We’ll make sure you get to see your videos – or we’ll send you a refund.

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  9. David
    David says:

    I’m interested in watching some of the videos but I’d like to know what size each of the sections are?

    In an earlier response to a question, you have given the time needed for each section, but an additional factor for me is the size of the files I will be watching. My contract with my internet service provider only allows a certain amount of file downloads a month, it isn’t open ended and so the size of files is an issue that I need to be aware of before of.

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  10. Hersh Howell
    Hersh Howell says:

    I have just found your site and I am attempting to evaluate what you offer. It seems from reviewing the comments that you have an repeating issue with folks not being able to use the videos for extended periods OR feeling that they will not be able to do so.

    Just from reading the one month usage constraint is enough for me to be concerned, although I think your photography is superb.

    Do you have a target date that this limiting factor may be lifted?

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      We have no plans to extend the usage period beyond the 30-day limit at this time, Hersh. However, those who have purchased our recordings in the past are still able to view the recordings for as long as they are available online. We have no plans to take them down – but if we need to do so in the future, it is important that we have that option available to us.

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  11. Justin
    Justin says:

    The videos look interesting, but the potential 30 day limit and streaming-only format have given me pause. There are other videos available for which upon purchasing, you obtain a downloadable copy. Tim Grey’s and Sean Bagshaw’s tutorials are examples. They may not touch on the exact techniques you do (everyone does PS processing a bit differently) but they are your direct competition. I’m sorry that you feel the need to offer these as streaming only products, but I know I would be much more likely to buy them if I were assured a) I would be able to view them without the looming threat of quick expiration, and b) I could access them from my desktop hard drive (which also allows me to watch them on my TV through roku/plex). I understand that in the business of photography everyone has to weigh the pro’s and the con’s as they see them, but from my point of view, you are losing out on a lot of potential customers by hamstringing your own product. Keep up the good work, though. I do enjoy your photos.

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  12. Hugh S.
    Hugh S. says:

    I would like to know if iHDR section teaches the post processing workflow. Your images look very clean, sharp, detailed, and rich with color. I understand that it will show us how to manually blend 2 or more bracketed shots without the halo effects and all that mess. But I would also like to learn how to post process my pictures to look more realistic and clean after the hdr part.

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    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Post processing beyond HDR is outside the realm of our iHDR webinar recordings, Hugh. Sorry about that. :) The recordings already top nine hours, and it would be easy to just keep going and going… but we had to stop somewhere!

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  13. Jouni
    Jouni says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and teaching iHDR technique. I have found it very useful! I highly recommend this for everyone who likes landscapes! Thanks

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  14. Alex
    Alex says:

    Hi I tried purchasing these but it says the product doesn’t exist. Is this still available somewhere? I’d really like to learn the iHDR method. Thanks!

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