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Photofocus contributor Nicolesy ran a great post about HDR lately where she asked, is it a fad? The debate in the comments pointed out to me that most folks think you have to shoot from a tripod.  While this is ideal, it’s not critical. The image below was shot handheld.  5 brackets two stops apart each to […]

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I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a “fad”, and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to […]

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I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDR—High Dynamic Range photography—to make some of my images. I do my best to keep the processing as minimal as possible, without “nuking” or over-saturating the end result. It can be easy to be heavy-handed with HDR processing, so in this […]

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This week’s podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show.  First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who’s timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials.  Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear […]

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In order to show a HDR photo, you’ll need to map its tones.  This is largely due to the fact that you are converting from an image with 32 bits per channel to one that is 16 or even 8 bits per channel. Think of it this way, you’re going from an image with a dynamic […]

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Shooting Excuses

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/8, 9 frame HDR, ISO 800, finished with Lightroom and Photomatix pro. There’s a great podcast I listen to each week, and it really helps with my creativity. It’s called Writing Excuses, and it’s intended for fiction authors. Their topics, however, often apply to all creatives (one I […]

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This week’s podcast features a triple dose of photo knowledge. First up, Melissa Niu catches up with portrait photographer Tamara Lackey.  The Rich Harrington and Ron Pepper discuss panoramic photography workflows.  Then we jump back to Melissa as she interviews Jerry Ghionis for his take on shooting portraits and where the photo industry is headed. feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show […]

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The process of HDR is a beautiful tool when used correctly.  With that being said, we want to show you some amazing examples of photography talents doing great things with this technique for more doses of inspiration. To learn more about HDR, check out our HDR Learning Center. Introducing the beautiful HDR work of Baltimore photographer, […]

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As you work with images, its often easy to feel “stuck.”  One of my favorite features in Photomatix Pro is the ability to quickly audition the many different tone mapping methods. From subtle to intense, there are many options to choose from.  In this quick video tutorial I’ll walk you through some of my favorite […]

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Using Lightroom and Photoshop, you can create stunning HDR images without the use of a 3rd party plugin, and you’ll be left with with great results! Disclaimer: This is just one way to work with HDR For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Photoshop World, the […]

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The process of HDR is a beautiful tool when used correctly.  With that being said, we want to show you some amazing examples of photography talents doing great things with this technique for more doses of inspiration. To learn more about HDR, check out our HDR Learning Center. First up, meet French photographer, Girolamo Cracchiolo. Girolamo’s […]

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I’ve started focussing on how to get the most out of real-estate shots.  Particularly when those photos have to be taken under poor lighting and high contrast situations.  Before you say shoot at a better time of day, you need to know that most photographers shooting real estate have few options to control this.  Here […]

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HDRAlign

With HDR photography you end up with several exposures that need to be merged.  This is relatively easy when a tripods involved, but what happens when you have to shoot handheld… in low light.  Let me show you the easiest way to make a great HDR image under tough conditions.

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This video goes through the process of post processing the 5 bracketed HDR image in Lightroom and Photoshop, and how Graduated Filters can ‘spice’ up your images! Disclaimer: This is just one way to edit sunsets For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Viewbug  Stick With Viewbug […]

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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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This week’s show features three interviews with three experts in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis. Then Rich Harrington welcomes back Ron Pepper to talk about changes to HDRSoft’s Photomatix. Finally Kevin Stohlmeyer discusses strategies to learn new tools and techniques for post-processing and publishing. Here is the new […]

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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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