Zone System Express Education Bundle

(59 customer reviews)

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59 reviews for Zone System Express Education Bundle

  1. Kitty Kwan (verified owner)

    Taking the PLUNGE!!
    I know very well that I am not alone with our frustration with Photoshop. The program is so very powerful and the results from people who know how to use it just blow my mind away. I have had numerous attempts to learn to use this program. As a hobbyist I take the lessons that were packed with information. Then when I have the time to use it I realize that I have retained very little. Lightroom came to the rescue and I was so happy. Then I found out that it wasn’t doing enough. So I bought the Topaz bundle. My pictures looked closer to what I like but there was a lot of bouncing between presets. It was hard to pinpoint in detail what the preset had changed. I felt that there were still things that I like to do with my pictures but didn’t know how to. I thought I would have to live with that.
    Blake announced his launch of Zone System Express. I have always admired Blake’s photos. Deep down I know I will not be able to learn and would not spend the effort to learn how Blake transforms his pictures. I watched Blake’s prelaunch introduction of ZSE and was very curious about his approach. I watched the launch video and was convinced that I needed to spend the money and time to get to know this method more. If it works then this would be the only path that I know of that could take me to another level. I downloaded Photoshop CC, ZSE bundle and have them installed. Then I was glued to my computer for the rest of the long day. I gave attention to every lesson and watch them all to get an overview. Now I can say I have made the right decision.
    Blake has done an amazing job in finding a way to crack the powerful Photoshop so that users don’t get caught up in the messy sea of Photoshop tricks and tips. Now we have a way to navigate and learn.
    The ingenious invention that Blake has devised is the workflow. The clean tool panel that simplifies where to find the tool we need. The methodology makes sense and easy. What is hard is going to be about what I can do with this amazingly powerful tool. Do I know what I want to paint as an artist? I guess this will be my next big lesson with Blake.
    Kitty Kwan

  2. Jason Ogden (verified owner)

    I stumbled across Blake’s Zone System a couple of weeks ago. I purchased a variety of photography educational material and in that material was some training titled Black, White & Beyond – The Digital Zone System by Blake Rudis.

    I had been desperate to figure out a post processing workflow that was more than randomly moving sliders in Lightroom hoping to get the desired effect I was after. I had purchased many different Lightroom presets and several different plugins from different companies with the hope of making my post processing easier. While all of these things were good and fun it only added to my frustration over time. After all of these purchases I still felt like I was randomly moving sliders around hoping that I would get lucky with something that looked nice. Additionally, I knew all of these things could be done in Photoshop but I always felt too intimidated to try to learn the program. I have watched video after video online in regards to Photoshop but never really ran across one that would help me develop a way to consistently post process a photograph that in the end would translate into something that reflected my own artistic touch. I felt like most online tutorials gave me bits and pieces of Photoshop but never brought it together in a holistic way that would be helpful.

    After stumbling across Blake’s Zone System ( Black, White & Beyond – The Digital Zone System ) and watching one of his tutorials, I was amazed that someone was actually communicating and demonstrating a way to post process that actually made sense. I started following along in his tutorial on some of my own photographs and was absolutely amazed at what I was able to do in Photoshop using his Zone System.

    For the first time in my life post processing actually made sense. I decided to check out Blake’s website (f64 Academy) and quickly learned that he offered a more in depth product called the Zone System Express Education Bundle. After watching his short video describing this product I knew that this was something that I had to get. The former Zone System product that I had was only the tip of the iceberg. I will admit that I was a bit hesitant in spending the $247 for this product. I was afraid that I would spend the money and get another product that only would end up disappointing me by having to resort to doing random things (like sliding sliders again) to post process a photograph. I finally got up enough nerve to press the “buy” button.

    After getting into the courses on the Zone System Express I knew that this purchase was totally worth it. Let me just say this…if your experience is similar to mine when it comes to post processing and if you have always felt a little bit intimidated to dig deeper into Photoshop this Zone System Express Education Bundle is for you! This will be the best $247 that you likely will ever spend on learning how to post process your stuff. Blake is an awesome teacher! He explains things really well and is super easy to listen to. He is a very humble teacher whose teaching style is just plain awesome.

    If you do decide to purchase this please start from the beginning and don’t skip ahead. Everything that Blake teaches builds upon itself. He breaks down the subject matter into bite sized chunks that make it very easy for the student to chew. Don’t just go through the course one time. Go through the material several times until you actually begin to understand what he is explaining. I’ve noticed that some things in Photoshop are kind of hard to understand initially. Play the video again and again until you understand whatever it is Blake is trying to teach you about whatever the topic might be. Trust me…it will all start to come together and you will finally feel like there is hope to post process in a manner that is consistent that will give you amazing results all the while allowing you to put your own creative touch into the process.

    Last point I would like to make… I know this has been lengthy but if you can, I would also encourage you to become a member of f64 Academy Elite. Blake is committed to creating an educational experience on his website that is truly designed to meet your educational needs as you grow as a photographer. The website is fairly new and he is committed to rolling out more and more educational content out to help serve you. Not only that, as a member you have social interaction with other f64 members who are there to mentor, encourage and just be there with and for you on your photography journey.

    So there you have it! Get the training and become a member!

  3. drsteven (verified owner)

  4. Ellenotr (verified owner)

    Wonderful instruction and information provided .. found i wanted more …

  5. Ian Clarke (verified owner)

  6. Mark LaFreniere (verified owner)

    This course has been a real eye opener for me. Blake does a great job in giving a better understanding of tones and colors. I never realized how much you can change tones & color schemes with a photo. There is a bit of a learning curve for me concerning the Zone System, i am still in the process of learning all that you can do. But i think once i comprehend more of the teaching in the course it will be a very handy tool in my workflow. Very excited to see what i can create with the Zone System. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is willing to take the time & learn all what this course has to offer. In the long run it will reveal how you take your photo’s in the field and what you can create in post processing. Great Job Blake.

  7. fotodoos1 (verified owner)

  8. Phillip Ziegler (verified owner)

    About a year ago I decided it was time to learn to process my images in Photoshop. Photoshop always seemed way to complicated. Luckily I discovered Blake on You Tube and started watching his videos. Before long I bought the ZSE system and the course that comes with it. I felt like over this past year, I went from a beginner to advanced user, able to do things I could never have imaged with my images. The course is amazing and with ZSE and Blake’s teachings on post processing and workflow anyone who puts in the time can do what I did. If you have been afraid to take up Photoshop fear no more.

  9. Colin Baterip (verified owner)

    I have been a member of f64 Academy for 9 months and have been using Blakes systems during that time. I have not previously reviewed but he has just launched Zone System Express 6 and I have the free ugrade which is a major step forward. The previous version was fantastic, but this new release goes to a whole new level and I would recommend it to anyone serious about improving their images and style.
    After 3 years learning photography, I became frustrated that although my images were pretty good, they weren’t “stand-out” good. I was frustrated because I did not know how to make them better. I had toyed with Photoshop but found it overwhelmingly complicated and was primarily using Lightroom, Nik and Luminar.

    Then I stumbled across a Blake Rudis f65 Academy video and the lights inside my head suddenly came on. Here was a teaching style that broke everything down into bite-size chunks, was logical and easy to follow.

    I purchased Blakes two Panels, Zone System Express 5 and Palette Express. I must have spent 150 hours watching the training videos that came with the systems and they have transformed the way I work and the results I am getting. Nine months on and I now have a very good understanding of photoshop, and the panels enable me to work quickly and experiment in a non-destructive way. I look at lots of images on Flickr and 500px and know that I m now able to do things that most photographers don’t do or don’t know and I really do believe that my images are now starting to “stand-out”. AND most of all, processing has become fun again.

    I didnt understand it before, but what was frustrating me was that I didnt feel I had my own artistic style, in fact I didnt think I had any artistic ability at all. What I now realise is that it was in there all the time and my frustration was that I didnt have the knowledge or skill to get it out. Now I do and it is because of Blake and his f64 Academy and the two systems he has produced.

    On the face of it, these systems and the training videos seem a lot of money, but they have proved to be more valuable to me than any of my much more costly camera kit and the training alone is worth its weight in gold.

    I also joined f64 and pay my monthly subscription. Every month, Blake produces new material and also runs critique sessions on images submitted by members. These are enormously useful and a continuing source of knowledge.

    Blake doesn’t just how you what the buttons do, he works through numerous examples of how they can be used for to achieve different effects and I would defy anyone not to be inspired by him.

  10. John Meo (verified owner)

    Purchasing the ZSE is not simply an investment in another Photoshop (PS) tool. Rather, it is an investment in this man, Blake Rudis. Blake’s ZSE is the results of years of image workflow development along with the most straight forward way to implement it in the beast known as PS. The tool helps you implement his vision for you – i.e. to become the artist he knows you aspire to be – which is a departure from the many other tools (or presets) on the market designed to get you to push buttons in order to achieve someone else’s look on your pictures.

    The ZSE allows you to concentrate more on your artistic vision rather than worrying about how to get PS to do what is in your mind’s eye. Blake will make sure you understand how to use his tool, not only with accompanying education but by making himself available for questions – far beyond what most instructors would do. There is almost nothing this man won’t do to assist you in becoming a better photographer artist.

    Blake is that rare teacher who is dedicated to your success. You will come to consider any investment in him to be the best photography investment you’ve ever made – I certainly do. I’m to the point that if Blake puts something new out, I know it is in my best interest to get it. The ZSE is by far no exception and I can give it my highest recommendation!

  11. Paul Tottman (verified owner)

    Having been with Blake since the beginning of f64, I have worked with every version of ZSE. The latest iteration ZSE6 is the best yet by far. But of course you are not buying just another panel, the education that is included will transform the way that you think about your photography and the processing of images. It is a complete mindset, of how, why and when to use the various tools to transform your image into one that stands out from the crowd. I was lucky, I found Blake early in my digital photography comeback and it has taken me to a level that I never dreamed that I could achieve. Investing in ZSE6 will be the best decision that you ever make – joining f64 Elite, the second. There are many great teachers out there but Blake Rudis is in a class of his own when it comes to showing you more than just how to use PS. OK, I’m biased but when I look back at what I was doing 4 years ago and compare it to now – there is no comparison.

  12. Brian Bochicchio (verified owner)

    Purchasing it was such a smart choice for me. ZSE offers convenience and granular control in your edits. The panel layout and tools are well organized so things are easy to find and in places that make sense. It’s also non-destructive. So making changes even after you have saved and closed the project is easy.

    The training included goes beyond the panel and really gets you to think about your images and approach to post processing in new ways. It also builds your confidence with Photoshop and encourages experimentation while teasing out your inner artist.

    Beyond the panel and videos there is an excellent Facebook group of people like you and me. Blake regularly participates and engages with the group. Plus, he is always creating and releasing new content via F.64 Academy and YouTube.

    Also, ZSE continuously evolves. So as best practices and processes change they will typically make their way into the next release. I started with ZSE 4. Updates to 5 and 6 and the training material have been free! *boom*

    If you are on the fence, I would recommend you watch some of Blake’s videos on YouTube or even better on the F.64 Academy website. So you can get a feel for how he teaches and some of what you will learn.

    If you want an elevator pitch for ZSE here it is. If you are ready to kick off the “click to win” training wheels. If you are ready to dig deeper into the craft. If you want to create powerful and artistic images that are uniquely yours! And, you are willing to invest in yourself. Then you are in the right place and about to buy the right product and training.

  13. John.pambid (verified owner)

    The Extension software itself is great, but the how, and why you might use it is of the most benefit. Personally, I’m not one who enjoys presets, etc. I prefer to understand how it was done, and this bundle lets you see why/how. Best PS related software I have purchased to date. Thanks f64.

  14. Joe Steger (verified owner)

    Before I discovered Blake and the Zone System Express 4.0, I was very frustrated with Photoshop. I watched some YouTube videos, but would not know where to began. I really only used Photoshop to remove distractions from my images. I did, however, consider myself a knowledgeable user of Lightroom. After initially discovering Blake, I purchased the ZSE4 Bundle. ZSE4 and ZSE5 has taken my workflow, Photoshop knowledge, and photo editing to a significantly higher level. I just upgraded to ZSE6 and am really looking forward to using the new “Blend If” features of the Panel to automate and take my workflow to the next level.

    Blake is an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic Photoshop user and educator. This is very clear as you watch the educational videos included with the ZSE6 bundle or other videos Blake has on the Internet. I have watched many Photoshop and other videos by other individuals on YouTube. In many cases the individual may have posted amazing photos, but is not engaging and appears to be thinking through his steps along the way. For me, this makes for a very long and boring video and takes away from the leaning process. Blake’s enthusiasm and ability to clearly articulate not only his objective but the theory behind it makes all of his videos top notch. Blake will teach you about how a photo is broken down into various tones and the importance of color theory in processing. This, along with Blake’s descriptions behind what the various adjustments and tools within Photoshop actually do, provide the “why” and the “how” of his workflow and the components of the ZSE6. I periodically go back and re-watch certain of Blake’s videos to reinforce my knowledge in certain areas.

    In addition to highly recommending ZSE6, I’m a subscriber to and would highly recommend f.64 Elite. As part of f.64 Elite, Blake holds monthly photo critique sessions in which members anonymously submit photos for Blake to critique. This is done in a very positive way, Blake points out the good points of the photo and provides suggestions on how to take them to an even higher level. This is a great way to reinforce or learn new skills. I’m constantly learning from these critique sessions. I hope Blake would agree that my processing skills have improved over the past few years since I started submitting photos. For a recent monthly photo challenge on f.64 Elite, Blake had the members go back and reprocess a favorite photo from a few years ago. I took a photo that was hanging in my den and for which I have received several complements. Using ZSE5, Palette Effects 2.0 and some other skills Blake has taught us, I was able to make some improvements that took the photo to a new level. F.64 Elite has many other valuable courses available to members.

    I’m looking forward to participating in the Extended Edition of ZSE6 and taking my workflow to even higher level. Blake, keep up the great work! I’m looking forward to what you have in store for us in the future.

  15. tangaustin (verified owner)

  16. jbasch (verified owner)

    Not sure how I discovered Blake a little over a year ago, but by the grace of God I did. There are lots of good educators out there and I have purchased stuff from several of them. But none of them have come close the the value I get from Blake and ZSE.

    Simply put, ZSE and Blakes teachings are some of the best out there and continue to take my photo’s to new levels. I say continue, as I have watched the video’s multiple times, and each time I discover something new.

    I literally use it nearly every photo I edit. Sometimes it’s just basic tone adjustments using the curves. Sometimes it’s full Tone, Color and Effects edits. The great thing is the tool allows for all levels and there is still more tool for me to use. Am I a fan? You bet. How valuable you might ask. Well I recently edited my daughters wedding photo’s and created a book for her. The look on her face, the tears as she looked from picture to picture and the comments she made. Let’s just say Priceless. I could not have done it without ZSE, PE and Blakes teachings. Thank you Blake. Blake and his tools and teachings are the best money I have spent. I just started using ZSE6 and it’s on a whole new level (which I did not think was possible), while still being simple to use. You won’t be disappointed.

  17. Hans Ulrich Haeni (verified owner)

    superb tool

  18. Cor van der Linden (verified owner)

  19. Art B. (verified owner)

    Blake has unlocked much of Photoshop’s advanced and hidden power with ZSE6. The video tutorials get so deep that you might need to pause for air. It’s truly expanding PS skills at a rate equivalent to ‘drinking from the proverbial fire hose.’ Mastering ZSE6 will no doubt take me a while, but I’ve already been able to put it to very good use after a single excursion through the tutorials. My bag of tricks now overflows.

  20. Ralph Marriott (verified owner)

  21. Brian Andrews (verified owner)

    I have only just begin the Zone System Express portion of this course and it is already giving me tools and options that I had previously only did by trial and error (mostly error). ‘The Basics’ course is allowing me to now understand what I am doing and why. The Zone System portion is now giving me powerful tools that I can use with the knowledge of what I can and cannot do for my images.

  22. robert walker (verified owner)

    This is more than just a panel that lets you process images.It is an education system,if you delve into the layers,masks etc that ZSE makes for you.Then you are really accelerating your PSCC knowledge.An education course on PSCC to this level would cost far far more.Blake has taken his PSCC knowledge,put it into a panel and made education videos as well.If you are really serious about photography,from pressing the shutter to post processing,buying this should be a no brainer.

  23. Ken Wilkie (verified owner)

    Blake is probably the best educator on Photoshop – anywhere. This upgrade manifestation of his already popular product is the icing on the cake. Thanks Blake.

  24. Richard Berry (verified owner)

  25. Juan Renta (verified owner)

    This education package is a bargain. I wish that I had bought it sooner. I’ve learned more about Photoshop and the workflow process with this package than I have in the previous seven years that I’ve been using PS. The module sequence is logical and well-organized and Blake’s superb instruction makes for a very easy and rewarding learning experience; I am 69 years old and had no problems with any of the modules/instruction. The ZSE panel is absolutely fabulous and a big time saver. Thank you Blake for sharing your wonderful expertise with us and help make us better photographers/artists!

  26. Larry Citra (verified owner)

    I am finding the tutorials very well done and extremely helpful. Loads of useful information! Well done Blake!

  27. Wayne Weatherstone (verified owner)

    I have only completed the Basics course and the introduction to the Zone System Express and I am already hooked. Blake’s super enthusiastic style is so compelling, but more importantly he covers the “details” and the “why’s” that I have not learned from all the other courses I have tried. Blake, you want to be the best educator on PS, and I am happy to give you my vote. Well done and thanks!

  28. Kahsia Hartwell (verified owner)

    I have not finished the tutorials, but so far, the material is good, but my only complaint is you move to fast. Slow down and take a breath.

  29. Александр Калиненко (verified owner)

    The best panel for Photoshop in my work!

  30. towekad (verified owner)

    I have been listening to the videos – a lot of very good information!!

  31. Barry Braunstein (verified owner)

    I’ve taken a number of courses on PS over the years, but none have had the insight into how to look at an image and think about how you want to enhance it, based on color theory. It provides the most in depth look at how you can harness the power of PS to create images. Couple that with a tool that makes the process far easier, it’s a great product (note: I’m not even thru the entire course yet, and already my brain is thinking about images I’ve shot (and will be shooting professionally), and the kinds of effects/editing I want to explore. I’ve known about Ansel Adam’s Zone System for some time, but this is the first time I’m beginning to understand it. Am excited to finish the course and start applying both the learning and the tools you’ve created. Highly recommend to anyone.

  32. Peter Jansen (verified owner)

    I’m enjoying learning more about Photoshop and getting the most out of my photographs

  33. Madhukar Loomba (verified owner)

  34. Gordon (verified owner)

    Hi Blake,

    The product is impressive and wonderful, as usual, but it is the educational/instruction portion that was even more outstanding for me. I knew that I would receive a first-class, useful and inspiring product because I had previously purchased another of Blake’s palettes; however the amount of thought and work that went into the instructional videos made all the difference. Once I had worked through all the workflow and instructional videos, some twice, it was easy to start working with the zone system. Also, I had a question about the download on the date of purchase, and Blake was available personally to respond right away.

  35. Carl Meibergen (verified owner)

    I am working my way through the ZSE education modules. I appreciate how Blake has structured this package. Giving everyone a true ‘game plan’ when it comes to the post production of our images. For too long I have used the ‘guess and check’ method of image processing. Following Blake’s mantra of Tone, Color, Effects is a simple and effective way to standardize our practice.

  36. Redwavepix (verified owner)

    I have discovered new aspects of photo editing never realised before.

  37. Simon Ray (verified owner)

    This education is well presented and has something for everyone. It’s certainly changed my way of approaching both my editing and shooting.

  38. randywasham (verified owner)

    All Blake’s Products do what he says and more. Video training as good as it gets. Could not be happier. My only question is what do you recommend as Picture Style setting , in camera, to get the wanted contrast to process ?

  39. Steve Magoon (verified owner)

  40. Lawrence Herzberg (verified owner)

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  42. Martina Egeler (verified owner)

    Running the video alongside my own Photoshop I managed to install the ZSE which, for my computer skill levels is an achievement in itself. Now I’m slowly making my way through the modules in the same fashion – two windows, one to watch and one to follow alongside.
    What I’ve seen so far not only explains many things I couldn’t get to grips with on Photoshop. Only a few videos into the course, I’ve already had loads of eureka moments because suddenly whys and hows about photography I knew but not really understood, have become clear.
    I’m sure ZSE is brilliant for people with experience; but an older person like myself with minimal photography, editing and computer skills will benefit even more.

  43. Bill Vanderford (verified owner)

  44. Eugene DuCom (verified owner)

    Great value, concentrating on the basics right now.

  45. JoeDostal (verified owner)

    Love your teaching style and the attention to detail

  46. Rebecah Thompson (verified owner)

    I can’t say enough how much I love ZSE6! I still have a lot to learn, but even so my photos are already looking so much better. Thanks Blake!!

  47. pfmcateer (verified owner)

  48. Stefan Mogyorosi (verified owner)

  49. Curly222 (verified owner)

    Obviously takes some time to absorb. Been traveling and have not had much time, so far it’s remarkable!

  50. Samuel Davey (verified owner)

    Brilliant, the education is excellent, I feel that I have moved on several years in my Photoshop skills and understanding since buying the zone system express bundle.
    Blake has done a amazing job of bringing it all together in a usable user friendly panel that makes his years of experience accessable.

    I went from confusion and frustration at Photoshop to now feeling it’s working out and the results are beautiful.

    Stay with it watch and practice at your own speed, I couldn’t have asked for more than that.

  51. Terry C. (verified owner)

  52. Peter Leinfellner (verified owner)

  53. Stephen Woodburn (verified owner)

    I discovered Blake on YouTube. I immediately subscribed to his channel after discovering how great of an instructor he was and how much of an understanding he has of the overwhelmingly difficult to understand, Photoshop. I found myself using his techniques and realizing that my understanding of Photoshop grew substantially. Editing using a Tone, Color and Effects workflow just makes sense and my images were getting better as a result. The problem was that some of the set-up to isolate the zones of tone and color was time consuming. Enter the Zone System Express. This panel breaks everything down and allows me to instantly start targeting areas to adjust. The education, which is essential to understand as to what each button push is actually doing is top notch. I can’t express how happy I am with my purchase. I do not spend money on presets and Lut’s because I want to know exactly what is being applied. This is what I have been looking for. This is a phenomenal product and is worth every nickel that Blake is asking for. Do not hesitate to purchase and start creating wonderful images with the knowledge of exactly how it is being done.

  54. Thomas Lee (verified owner)

    Enjoy Blakes courses and information greatly. He is probably one of the best of 3 photo instructors of the many I have viewed over the years. His style, voice, method of instruction are excellent.
    As for Zone System Express, just starting this course and am very excited to see how I can improve many of my “select” travel photos over the coming months. So far I have been editing all in LR (as it dramatically improved over the last few years) and saving everything is RAW DNG format for when I go back to editing with Photoshop (which is were I like many people probably started – but were overwhelmed). Blake is excellent at unraveling these “mysteries” and power of PS and the ZSE tool really helps this process in making photo editing easier (after you learn the tricks) and help make a better photo editing experience in which one does the editing using the power of PS rather than let tons of plug-ins control all of ones photo editing without understanding what is going on.
    I look forward to completing this course and over time learning the powers of the ZSE panels/tools.
    Blake’s artistic training really adds to his training courses.

  55. Frank Fiorentino (verified owner)

    I recently purchased the ZSE6 education bundle and while I am still learning the system, one thing that stands out is that I feel like the panel was a bonus for purchasing the education. I have tried several PS panels and where this one excels and differentiates itself is that the education teaches you what the panel is actually doing when you select options. If you only watch the educational videos you would be able to replicate everything that happens with the panel. With that said it would be difficult for all but advanced PS users but it is more rewarding to use the panel having a foundation in the functions. Blake has a teaching style that is easy to understand and learn from. Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase and look forward to improving my post processing.

  56. Heinrich Schmid (verified owner)

    easy to follow explanations

  57. Pamela B. (verified owner)

  58. Thomas Strydom (verified owner)

    Overall I love it. I really learnt a lot about photoshop. One issue I have is that I’m colour blind so I struggle with the colour blend modes. I trying to figue out a way . Thanks for a great product

  59. Tim Weiss (verified owner)

    This is close to a miracle when it comes to editing images. The education is great; however, the instructions on using the panel are a God send. What used to take a long time can now not only be done much, much faster but much better. My only regret is that I didn’t find it earlier.

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