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As you work with HDR images, it’s often easy to pick up a visible color cast. In fact, just about any image can pick up unwanted color in the highlights or shadows that can be removed for a more polished image. The photo above is a seven bracket series was first post processed in Photomatix […]

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DCNights

I always love good time-lapse. I’m also a big fan of HDR.  What’s even cooler though is when the photographer combines time-lapse with HDR toning to really make their images. pop!  Have a look at some great shots. Drew Geraci is the photographer on this piece.  He has worked as the lead multimedia producer for The Washington […]

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He has been named the 2014 SATW Travel Photographer of the Year.  Usually these award recipients are talents that photograph for prestigious publications like National Geographic.  But this artist set himself apart from some of the best travel photographers in the world.  How?  He was the first blogger to win this award, his work has never […]

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Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @24mm, f/16, 15 seconds, ISO 100.

Long exposures are a whole different world of photography, and in the winter months when the sun is gone more often than not, they expand your opportunities for shooting. Here are a few quick tips to get you started making long exposure photographs. Get Stable First of all, use a tripod, or a bean bag, […]

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I’ve been digging really deep into Photomatix lately (I’m working on a new Lynda.com class). I’ve come across a feature that I absolutely love, and I’m using it on many images that I’d never though of using HDR on. A lot of times, running HDR on a single image results in a lot of noise and […]

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Toning

I’m a big fan of details…  I often like my images to feel a bit “gritty” and “deep.” Sure, it doesn’t work for every subject, but there are plenty where a little “pop” goes a long way. One of my favorite ways to do this is HDR toning.  This isn’t the traditional HDR you’ve heard […]

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While on a recent visit to Seattle, I stopped by the EMP Museum. This place is a treasure trove for those into popular culture.  Music, film, science fiction and more.  A great sculpture in the lobby is called IF VI WAS IX.  It contains more than 500 musical instruments and 30 computers. The sculpture was designer […]

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I often find myself traveling… and one of my favorite stops is a good museum. All the time I see signs for no photography in museums. No tripods… no flash… no professional cameras. But cell phone cameras are just accepted. I say, if you can’t beat them, join them. While my iPhone is no match […]

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If you’re into HDR, you’ll be happy to hear that HDRsoft is now shipping Photomatix Pro 5.0.  This release is exciting and adds several great new features including. Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping. This is an option for localized tone-mapping.  It produces nearly zero halos which can produce very natural looking results.  This is useful for adding […]

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Whether your smartphone is your behind the scenes, some of the time, or primary camera… it’s important you make the most of it. While the sensors in many smartphones often rival point-and-shoot cameras, I frequently see people underutilize their capabilities. For example, here’s a single image taken on the iPhone 5s.  You’ll note that the […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100. Cherry Supreme.

Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100. Cherry Supreme. I truly enjoy chocolate. My grandmother makes chocolates as Christmas gifts each year, and as a student in High School I worked at a chocolate factory everyday after class. So, when a prospect called to inquire about making pictures for her candy […]

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I’m always looking for new ways to enhance my images.  I’m especially interested in what happens when I combine my workflows to create new combinations. For this image, I really wanted to bring out the contrast.  At the same time, I also wanted to take control over color and tone.  The solution? HDR and Camera […]

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There are lots of photo deals this week… and we’ve got a great one for you.  Our iBooks are on sale for just 99¢ in the United States.  We’ve asked iTunes to price equivalently around the globe.   The sale runs until Sunday, October 27. The books contain text, photos, video, audio, and interactive content. […]

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Those of you who caught our recent Google+ hangout we’re treated to a sneak peek of the new Photomatix 5.  The software has some great new additions including a contrast optimizer option which works great to create subtle images that still pop.  Here are the details of what’s new. Updates in Photomatix Pro 5.0 Beta […]

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I think whoever invented the idea for HDR software must have been a car guy who wanted to make it simpler to show off his beautiful cars. Cars are such ideal subjects for HDR techniques because they always have bright highlights and sheen as well as sculpted forms revealed only with shadow. Last week I […]

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BakerBeach

He may be a best-selling book author, podcast host and world renown photography instructor, but don’t let his devilish good looks fool you.  He’s a 1st degree black belt equipped with the Lightroom and Taekwondo skills to throw down any artist. In our latest podcast, I had the privilege of chatting with Matt about his […]

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Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5

Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5 I’ve taken Rich Harrington’s advice and read The Visual Story, by Bruce R. Block, and the one point that always comes to mind is that contrast is a major key to a great image. Color contrast is one […]

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Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool has always been so handy, allowing me to do most of my touchups without another application. Well, with the latest 5.2 update they really outdid themselves. Watch this video for a full demonstration and my favorite shortcuts for speeding up workflow. Here are the shortcuts I showed you: Q: to enter […]

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We’re excited to invite you to our first Google+ hangout this Thursday. Here is the URL for the event (be sure to signup for the event). https://plus.google.com/events/cllg6kjq6t3t7ge4a0a3nqjcvvs There is a YouTube player window on the page you can watch. You can also click here – http://youtu.be/K-4syJqwmDg It will be the first of an ongoing tradition, which […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

1. HDR is merely a method for capturing the dynamic range which our eye sees but our camera does not. What you do with the HDR photo after it satisfies that goal is purely up to you and your artistic vision. There is no “right” way. Don’t let the HDR haters tell you what to […]

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