The original image with a color cast.

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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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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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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On Monday, we told you about our two iBooks… The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure and Secrets of HDR.  These books are truly interactive with audio, video, quizzes, and scaling images.  While many of you have already downloaded them, a many of you couldn’t as at that time they were only available for iPad. I’ll […]

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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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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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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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We’ll be holding our first Google+ hangout on Thursday, October 3. This will be a chance to hangout with some of the Photofocus team live. Our first topic up is HDR (and we’ll even have a special sneak peek of something brand new). We’ll publish more details (like exact time and speaker list) shortly. We […]

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28mm, f/8, 1/20, 1/80, 1/320s, ISO 800. Do you ever get a craving to go make a picture? An urge that just won’t go away? That kind of urge is distracting, and may be hazardous to your health; you should probably take a sick day to get it taken care of. I’ll sign a note […]

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Trey Ratcliff has made a tremendous impact with HDR photography.  In this talk he addresses how technology has changed the way we create awareness, connect ideas, and portray the world.  Have a listen as this is a great talk that will expand how you think about photography and the role of the photographer in society. Be sure […]

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In this week’s podcast feature, I had the privilege of chatting with the talented Mr. Joel Grimes.  He’s one of my favorite photographers and one of my most favorite people.  I’ll tell you why.   He’s driven, motivated, creative and is not afraid to push the envelope in the photography industry.  His work is unique […]

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This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.

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On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I set out to capture a great waterfall image.  The problem is that no one exposure would do the job.  I could capture the sky, and the trees were muddy.  If I captured the trees, the sky blew out. The Solution Solving this problem was pretty easy.  It […]

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Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week. First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper.  We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls.  No matter what your style of shooting or […]

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I’m a big fan of HDR photography (so is Scott).  HDR unlocks shots that we just can’t get otherwise (especially with challenging lighting situations).  But many photographers are wary… and justifiably so.  When used incorrectly, HDR tools can give an image a telltale look.  Let’s objectively explore the technique of High Dynamic Range photography and […]

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