BWHDR1

There was a time all photos were made in black & white. Even when I started my days of photojournalism, we primarily shot, developed, and printed in black and white. Now the default is color and we have to adjust to get the images from a color to a monochromatic version. But Black and white photography […]

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© Dave Wilson

I’m often asked how many exposures I use for my HDR images and tend to make myself unpopular by answering “As many as it takes.” This sounds glib but it is, in fact, the truth. Some people appear to be under the impression that you can get by with always shooting, for example, 3 images […]

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© Ron Pepper

Our last podcast features Ron Pepper, a photographer who specializes in Panoramic and HDR photos. His company PanoramaNETWORK works globally to capture  modern, 360 degree by 180 degree panoramic photography viewable by a variety of interactive players. Previously known as virtual tours, panoramic photography has become widely popular.  It’s a common form of commercial photography and used […]

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Austin Skyline at Dusk

A 3 exposure HDR taken around 9pm. I love the way the long exposure has blurred the surface of the water and the great colored streaks from the lights on the opposite bank.

Austin Skyline at Dusk © Dave Wilson A 3 exposure HDR taken around 9pm. I love the way the long exposure has blurred the surface of the water and the great colored streaks from the lights on the opposite bank. This is a guest post by Dave Wilson.  Circle Dave on Google+. I took this shot when. […]

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Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky.
I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11.

Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky. I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11. Editors Note: This post builds upon Levi’s earlier post on Starbursts. When you include the sun in you composition, you have framed a scene with […]

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bannerrpsc

NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week’s show. […]

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PolePod

I’m currently traveling on a vacation where I’ve chosen to leave as much gear behind as possible. Okay let’s be honest.  It’s a family vacation and my wife informed me I’d be leaving it most of it behind. I’m really enjoying digging deeper into HDR shooting and processing.  The auto-align features in Photomatix Pro are […]

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Subtle_HDR

I’ve put together a complete lesson on creating High Dynamic Range panoramic photos.  This video tutorial walks you through a few different tools to try out. I’ll show you how to: Organize multiple HDR photos Use Photoshop’s built-in toolset Use Adobe Camera Raw to pre-process raw files before the merge Align images and reduce noise […]

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I wanted to share a few points on why I choose to shoot raw for 95% of my workflow.  I still encounter many users who are afraid to make the switch to raw, so I offer these considerations to help you decide what's right for you.

I wanted to share a few points on why I choose to shoot raw for 95% of my workflow. I still encounter many users who are afraid to make the switch to raw, so I offer these considerations to help you decide what’s right for you. The image on the left is how the camera […]

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eagle_tonemapped

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how HDR tone mapping can be applied to a single image for dramatic effect. The image can then be finished using a tool like Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture to get final results. Be sure to check out the HDR Learning Center for more on HDR. _____ This Post Sponsored […]

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diffuse3

The Diffuse filter is very subtle option in the Stylize set.  It may take a few passes to be noticed (especially on a hi-res photo). It attempts to diffuse an image to make the selection look less focused. This can work well to create areas of distress in a photo (especially when combined with blending […]

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©Richard Harrington

In this tutorial I show you how to take make HDR images look even better.  I take a three exposure bracket processed in Photomatix Pro and export a 16-bit TIFF file.  This can then be opened in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom for additional finesse.  Enhancements include negative clarity, a graduated filter, and a post-crop […]

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PFPMstepend

I wanted to give you a quick start guide on loading and processing images into Photomatix Pro to create the initial tone map.  The process is straight-forward and quickly generates results. Here’s our streamlined approach. Step One: Up and Running Launch Photomatix Pro from your applications folder.  For quick access add to your Mac’s Dock or […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Nikon D3 - Nikkor 16-24 F/2.8 at 16mm

Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved While many people view HDR differently, this primer is intended to help you get started making basic HDR images from a still photographer’s point of view. I personally don’t ever shoot a landscape or a cityscape without at least also shooting it in HDR. It solves so […]

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I wanted to share a video that I recently shot on HDR.  It was a look at the shooting process produced with a friend of mine, Abba Shapiro.   I went shooting at Great Fall National Park along the Potomac River (think George Washington and a boat).  We look at the whole shooting process on both […]

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By Rich Harrington — Follow Rich on Twitter A lot of photographers scoff at smartphone cameras.  I on the other hand love having software and camera built into one with easy sharing.  It lets me work when the inspiration hits.  One of those areas is HDR. Here’s how bad a normal smartphone image can look.  This is from […]

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If you’re new to photography and would like to learn more about high dynamic range (HDR) photography, my pal Rich Harrington and I have written a book just for you. It’s called “Secrets of HDR.” It’s only $2.99 and covers all the basics. We’ve written this book with a simple goal. We want to share […]

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In this tutorial I show you how to get cleaner HDR photographs. In this example I am merging three exposures shot from a bouncing and moving platform (aka a boat). The correction tools in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 did an excellent job of removing unwanted distortion and poor overlap. ______ This Post Sponsored by: […]

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HDR Photography on a Windy Night – Photoshop Rescue from Richard Harrington on Vimeo. A shoot recently in Washington, DC. The winds were 20 mph. No tripods allowed. My camera only would shoot three exposures in auto-bracket mode. Adobe Photoshop to the rescue. _______ This Post Sponsored by: Viewbug – Fun Photo Contests EPSON® Signature Worthy®. High-quality fine art […]

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In this tutorial, join Richard Harrington as he explores the use of HDR photography for dynamic Black & White imagery.  You’ll learn how to use Photoshop CS5′s Merge to HDR Pro command.  You’ll also learn how to use Vanishing Point to clone in perspective as well as crop to a targeted size.  Finally you’ll see […]

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Short and sweet. I use HDR more than I don’t. When I do use HDR I prefer the subtle approach believing less is more. I’m not attacking anyone else’s style. I’m just saying that’s the way I prefer it. I like it so subtle that I don’t use it in the conventional way. I primarily […]

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