I’ve use many of Nik Software’s products over the years. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with some of their competitor’s less expensive, but equally useful plug-ins. But HDR EFEX PRO 2 has brought me back to Nik. When HDR Efex Pro 1 came out I was impressed, but not enough to use it as my only […]

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Rafael Concepcion or (RC) as he’s known to his friends, is a natural born teacher and story teller. Don’t get me wrong. He’s also an accomplished photographer and visual artist. And there’s probably nothing he can’t do with any piece of Adobe software. But his true calling in my opinion is teaching. In his new […]

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I’ve recently written about my two favorite HDR programs, Photomatix Pro and Nik HDR Efex Pro. Photomatix costs about a hundred bucks, and unless you already have the Nik Complete Collection, HDR Efex Pro costs about a hundred and fifty. When I reviewed these programs some of my audience asked me if there’s a less […]

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Photomatix Pro has long been the gold-standard for serious HDR shooters. It’s tonemapping features are second to none. While I have used the new Nik HDR plugin, I am not sure it will be able to dethrone Photomatix Pro. Photomatix Pro 4.0 offers two methods of tone mapping, six methods of exposure blending, an alignment […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne – 2010 – All Rights Reserved I consider Trey Ratcliff a friend and an outstanding photographer. We taught an HDR workshop together in Tampa earlier this year – well Trey taught and I listened. I mostly taught photography with a few of my own HDR twists, but Trey is the undisputed master […]

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Pro HDR by eyeApps LLC is a cool little iPhone 3/4 app that lets you make HDR photos with your iPhone. With version 2, you can indeed create stunning full-resolution HDR images on your iPhone 4 or 3GS. I tested the program on an iPhone 4. When you start the app, you are presented with […]

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I’ve been a fan of Nik Software for a decade. They make amazing software. I use all of their products, but I use Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro every day. I was very excited when I found out they were going to make an HDR plug-in. So far, the best HDR/Tone Map solution […]

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David duChemin over at Pixelated Image (a must read blog for me) has a tiny blurb about my pal Trey Ratcliff’s new HDR book A World in HDR that got me thinking. Here’s what David said: “Here’s the interesting thing about HDR images – a lot of photographers seem to dislike them, it’s a love […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Guest post by Trey Ratcliff. Trey is the publisher of StuckInCustoms.com. He’s also the author of the new book “A World in HDR“. The site is well known for HDR Photography and his free online HDR Tutorial. Scott Bourne recently mentioned something to me that really struck a chord. He told me how […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since Trey and I are leading a workshop together, I won’t be reviewing this book since some would see it as a conflict of interest. However, our regular book reviewer, Conrad Obregon has a review, which we publish now. Author: Trey Ratcliff Publisher: New Riders Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon There are […]

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Author: David Nightingale Publisher: Focal Press (Elsevier) Reviewer: Conrad J. Obregon A physicist acquaintance who specializes in digital imaging tells me that increasing resolution or reducing noise in digital sensors are much easier problems to solve then extending the range of light of sensors to equal the human eye. In the unlikely event that you […]

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Rick gives you a basic HDR demo. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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Rick and Juan talk HDR Panos at Reflection Lake on Mt. Rainier – then they start having some fun poking fun at me. There are a series of these fun little videos. We hope you enjoy them. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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Image and Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick Sammon on Twitter A Quickie From Mt. Rainier Made this image (HDR, 3 images) on the way to meet my buddy Scott Bourne at the Mt. Rainier Aperture Nature Photography Workshop today. Hanging out right now with photo pro (and hell of a nice guy) Juan […]

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This is a collection of 20 random HDR tips that you might find useful. These tips are based completely on my own experience. I use this information like a checklist (which I now have memorized) every time I go shoot an HDR. Your mileage may vary. 1. Use a tripod 2. Shoot at your lowest […]

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Image and Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick Sammon on Twitter This may be one of my shortest blog post ever – because I think the picture is worth a thousand words. Still, here are a few words… High Dynamic Range because a very wide dynamic range is captured. High Dynamic Rockin’ images because […]

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You can read more about, Photomatix, Topaz Adjust and HDR images (and get discounts on some HDR programs) at http://www.pluginexperience.com. Why do I love HDR photography? Let me count the ways. One) It is a good exercise (and fun) to see the different brightness levels on a scene – and make exposures for all of […]

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Age has one big advantage – it offers perspective. I’ve been around long enough to see changes and innovation develop around photography for more than 30 years. And in photography, we’ve had our share of innovation and change. No need to recite them all but some biggies were the advent of the 35mm camera, color […]

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Click the image (or here) to watch the video. _________ Sponsored by PMA – It’s not too early to mark your calendar because this is big. For the first time in the USA, the PMA tradeshow and conference will be open to the general public – September 6-11, 2011 in Las Vegas. See you there […]

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Hydra is an HDR plug-in that works in Aperture. New feature: Source image thumbs can now be clicked for smooth overlay. This makes it easier to compare the tone mapping output with any source image, or to compare source images together. New feature: Accurate dual histogram display (LDR/HDR). The HDR histogram represents the merged, 32-bit […]

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Practical HDRI

Author: Jack Howard

Publisher: Rocky Nook

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

I find that photography books that are the first to introduce concepts are more likely to garner good reviews than books that just repeat what I already know. This is by way of explaining why “Practical HDRI”, a perfectly respectable introduction to high dynamic range (HDR) photography, has not impressed me as much as earlier HDR books. (HDR is a method of combining several pictures in a computer to extend the range of light of a photographed scene.)

Howard starts by describing the equipment necessary for HDR photography, proceeds to describe basic composition rules and the nature of lenses, and then how to best capture a scene for HDR processing. Next, he turns to generating the HDR image from the captured photos and then tone mapping the images. He completes his discussions by reviewing post processing of the images, with an emphasis on using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). Continue reading