Arizona PPA hosted its convention in the beginning of February. I was attending and my friend Tim Meyer was speaking, so I thought I’d grab a shot of him in action. The lighting situation was as tough as it gets. There was no light on the speaker and the screens were screaming with brightness.
I played with HDR for a bit to try taming the contrast with no luck, as my subject was moving.
I ended up with a single image. The original straight out of camera is above. After reviewing on the LCD, I thought there was no way to make this capture work.
I decided to see what information could be recovered. Opening the file in Adobe Camera RAW I applied corrections, including bumping up the exposure and shadows quite a bit. My gut instinct was that pulling that much detail from the shadows would render the file so noisy as to be unusable. Wrong I was.
Here’s the finished image. I’ll let you decide.
Yours in Creative Photography, Bob