Now Available! Tack Sharp Course by Hudson Henry

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The latest course is now available for ON1 Plus members, “Tack Sharp” focuses on post-processing techniques to get your photos to looking razor sharp. Coach Hudson Henry will walk you through how to make your images pop off the screen global raw processing, local adjustments, and more advanced options in focus stacking.

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28 comments on “Now Available! Tack Sharp Course by Hudson Henry”

  1. On July 6, 2019 at 9:51 am Renee Vallieres wrote:

    Can’t wait for this one !
    Hudson course are always easy to follow and understand .

  2. On July 7, 2019 at 6:18 am Alex Rae wrote:

    This is one I am waiting for, need to just get that extra oomph in my shots.

  3. On July 7, 2019 at 8:02 am Bret LeRoux wrote:

    This should be really interesting. I need something to help me get that little extra out of my shots.

  4. On July 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm David Harris wrote:

    Really looking forward to this on. I use Hudson’s presets a fair amount for this reason. I look at his settings and try to reproduce myself. While I’ve had some success, I’m sure this will greatly increase my knowledge and success in this area.

    1. On July 17, 2019 at 10:03 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      Hey David, love that comment! I really hope this helps. Let me know how it goes.

  5. On July 8, 2019 at 12:23 pm Kenny Wright wrote:

    Hey Hudson my friend. I am really looking forward to Tack Sharp. Sounds great.

    Kenny

  6. On July 10, 2019 at 2:31 pm Dolores wrote:

    I CAN’T WAIT! To keep my reply from sounding redundant, I thought I’d shout it!

  7. On July 13, 2019 at 11:04 am James Comer wrote:

    Started viewing it today; not finished. Well done. I like that besides the overall tack sharp goal, you give a very good and useful commentary on develop, effects, adjustments and layers. Lots to take away. Thank you.

  8. On July 15, 2019 at 6:49 pm Philip Masters wrote:

    This looks great cant wait to give it a go….many thanks for posting this….it is appreciated.

  9. On July 16, 2019 at 5:17 pm Dan Csicsai wrote:

    Great course, loved it Hudson.

    one question:
    you mentioned ReSize. Normally I use Image size in PhotoshopCC. Is ReSize similar?

    What if any are the differences?
    thank you

    1. On July 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      Great question! I’ve used Resize as my gold standard for adding resolution and doing output sharpening for years. It used to be called Genuine Fractals before Lightroom even existed and it has long had the best reputation for adding resolution and keeping things looking sharp, but not over-sharp. Adobe does a much better job than it used to, but I’d try both side by side and closely examine the results.

  10. On July 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm Hudson Henry wrote:

    Thanks so much to everyone for all the comments. I hope you enjoy the course and that it helps get your images that extra pop. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

  11. On July 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm James Comer wrote:

    Just a personal affection for your presentation. Hard to miss how wonderful and captivating the raven shot grabs the eye. You acknowledge that the shot was 4/3 rd with a basic lens. I shoot on the 4/3 rd platform as I go way back to Olympus OM-1. Great to hear credit [and see the results] of this digital format. It’s the eye and skill, not the size. Great shot and post-treatment, Hudson.
    Does not matter what you shoot, just shoot.

    1. On July 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      Thanks James. I couldn’t agree with those sentiments about gear more. :-)

  12. On July 21, 2019 at 6:23 pm Holly Masepohl wrote:

    Thank you Hudson for another great course. I am sure this will help give my images that extra pop. Your method of using layers and luminosity masks to sharpen your images has helped me understand both of these much better than I did before.

  13. On July 22, 2019 at 12:29 pm jamescbean wrote:

    Great course! Found the use of layers and masks to be very helpful. Thank you, Hudson.!

  14. On July 28, 2019 at 2:48 pm Detlef wrote:

    Good and understandable lessons. Thanks for that.

  15. On August 6, 2019 at 7:13 am Levin Barrett wrote:

    Hi Hudson, loved the course, particularly as I do a lot of printing. A few questions (not really related to sharpening but something you mentioned), a few times you created a duplicate layer to reduce noise or for focus blending and then created a stamped layer. Once all your edits are complete and photo done, I imagine this would result in a very large file size. (3 raw layers plus adjustments)
    If this is the case, would you normally go back and delete the original layers to reduce the file size?
    Can you delete the original layers without affect the remaining image?
    Does leaving the original layers allow you to go back later and fine tune things if needed?
    Big question is, you show how and why to create a stamped layer but I am wondering what you do at the end when finished?

    1. On August 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      Such a great question! The stamped layer merges all the layers below as they are masked and set and puts it atop the layer stack. Keeping the sublayers lets you go back and tweak things later. It does lead to larger files, but storage is so cheap now. :-) It’s a case by case basis whether I leave all the work to revisit or not.

  16. On August 9, 2019 at 3:00 am Frank Wolfert wrote:

    Hi Hudson,
    on your video “Layers: Advanced Sharpeing & Noise Reduction” – which I really enjoyed!!! – one question: why wouldn’t you do the noise reduction as a second step, after sharpening the masked layer, on the layer below? Why do you need to first create the stamped layer?
    Frank

  17. On August 9, 2019 at 3:06 am Frank Wolfert wrote:

    … and a second question – hopefully not too embarrassing: you use dynamic contrast to increase the punch on the focused detail, I so do I quite often. Would it make sense to use DC with negative settings to decrease any sharpness to bokeh rings (possibly coming from cheaper lenses)? or would you use Blur filter instead?

    1. On August 22, 2019 at 5:12 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      Hey Frank,

      I do the NR on the Stamped layer to get all the underlying edits involved in the NR work, not just the unmasked portions of a single layer beneath.

      I’m generally more inclined to use Blur, but experiment with what you like best. I like the question and thoughts behind it. Give it a shot and give blur a shot and see which you prefer. :-)

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