Joel Grimes' work is instantly recognizable. From powerful, dynamic posing, to a rich, yet desaturated, HDR look, to masterful compositing which is both surreal and firmly grounded in reality, his photography is iconic. His work has such intensity that, when I met Joel a few years back, expected him to be equally intense and, perhaps, aloof. Instead, Joel is easy-going, approachable and generous with his time and knowledge. With that in mind, let's hear from Joel. Aside from the mechanics of photography (e.g. the exposure triangle, … [Read more...] about Offbeat with Joel Grimes
A great way to challenge yourself and enhance your skills is to shoot some personal projects. Here is an opportunity to stretch your imagination. Building sets, buying props, coordinating wardrobe, scouting locations and casting talent are all part of the process of shooting your personal projects. When you apply all these things, your ideas will come to life. I'll get an idea visually, and then I need to make it happen. Like this 30's Hollywood glamour shot:Once I cast the beautiful actress, Sarah Deakins, I needed to get hair and make-up. … [Read more...] about Shooting Personal Projects
Photographers have struggled with limited dynamic range for as long as there have been photographers. Expose for the highlights in most scenes, and you will end up with crushed shadows where no details can be extracted from the inky blackness. Conversely, if you expose for the shadows, the highlights will blow out, leaving nothing but garish white the absolute absence of detail. To capture the broad range of light in many scenes, photographers use High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing to combine multiple images shot at different settings into one … [Read more...] about Beat the Bracket Racket – Shooting HDR Base Images the Right Way
A very talented interior designer friend of mine, Adrienne Chandler, asked if I could take a few photos of an office building she completed. She said the building would be occupied during the shoot and we had a limited amount of time. Knowing I wouldn't be able to set up lights, I relied on high-dynamic range (HDR) photographs and this is how I got the shot. Planning The night before the shoot, I rehearsed how I wanted to capture the HDR shot. I planned on taking five bracketed images in one-stop increments: one under, one over, two under, two … [Read more...] about How I Got the Shot : HDR Interior Architecture
In this free webinar, you'll learn how to create HDR image that look natural and not over-processed. It's perfect for all photographers (even if you shoot only a single exposure). HDR Hangout: Creating Natural Looking HDR Images In this hangout we'll explore how to use high dynamic range shooting and developing techniques to create natural looking photos. This is perfect for shooting real estate, product photography, and landscapes. If you think you hate HDR (but love those shadow and highlight sliders) then this workshop is perfect for … [Read more...] about HDR Hangout: Creating Natural Looking HDR Images
Turns out that's not a completely fair comparison. Lightroom uses a 16-bit floating point image while the others use a 32-bit integer image. I'm still digging into the science part fully and hope to have him on a future podcast to nerd out. Here's the short version. When you're using the new Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw you can now create a HDR raw file. This is tied to the changes in the DNG (digital negative spec) that allow for floating point processing. You can see a plain English explanation here … [Read more...] about Making a HDR file in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop
One of the frustrations when combining multiple exposures into an HDR image is ghosting. This appears if the camera has shifted even the slightest bit between images. HDR processing software like Lightroom or Photomatix Pro can do a pretty good job at aligning the images and removing ghosting, but it doesn't always work. The secret is to keep your camera still while you're taking the exposures, and do it as quickly as you can without touching the camera in-between shots. Its common to use a remote shutter release to keep your camera still, but … [Read more...] about Create Great HDR Images without a Remote Trigger
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). Be sure to tune in: Monday, November 2, 2:00 PM3:30 PM ET | 11:0012:30 PT RSVP here and it'll show your local time. One of the most important choices you can make when creating your HDR photograph is how to use all of the exposure information. This is where Tone Mapping and Exposure … [Read more...] about HDR Hangout: Choosing Between Tone Mapping or Exposure Fusion
What's in your bag? Do you really think that the cameras and lenses that are in my bag are going to get you my job? Stop! I'm not being arrogant, however, how you shoot and I shoot are so radically different it doesn't matter if you use the same gear as I do. We are creative knuckleheads and do what we do as individuals. Wanna know about some of the "stuff" that's in my bag? Allow me to share with you my camera brethren:Altoids, gum, Mentos, or anything that will freshen your breath. I hate working around bad breath. Whether it is from food, … [Read more...] about “What’s in Your Bag?” Stuff!
If you've had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result. Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we'll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by … [Read more...] about Tips for Restoring Scanned Slides and Negatives
Ron Pepper walks us through HDR Exposure Fusion with Photomatix Pro for interior real estate photography and how to fix overexposed exterior windows. https://youtu.be/NtkxDSl07VY Download a trial of Photomatix Pro at www.hdrsoft.com. View more HDR tutorials in the HDR Learning Center here on Photofocus. … [Read more...] about HDR Exposure Fusion with Photomatix Pro
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We'll be giving away a copy of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer's Plan, as well as Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Monday 9/28, 3:00pm Eastern, 2:00pm Central, 1:00pm Mountain, and 12:00am Pacific. 3:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: HDR for FUN!
A photowalk is a fun time to get your camera and get together with other photographers. You're sure to learn some new techniques, check out other shooter's ideas, and you're guaranteed make some new friends with similar interests. Those who attend the photowalk will have a chance to win a license for Perfectly Clear software or a ticket to attend KelbyOne's seminar with RC Conception on the 16th. This is a free event. When: Tuesday September 15th, 2015 6:30pm Where: Sheraton Hotel 1500 Convention Center Dr, Arlington, TX 76011 What to … [Read more...] about Photowalk: Arlington, TX with Levi Sim
This week we catch up with two photographers to get a wealth of advice. First Robert Vanelli talks with fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about her career and advice to other photographers. Then Rich Harrington since down with panoramic photographer Ron Pepper for a free-wheeling discussion about gear, tech, and workflow. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/222560844" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast September 5, 2015 — Lindsay Adler and Ron Pepper
We recently held an HDR Hangout to help you get started. Our guest on the program was Blake Rudis of EverydayHDR. Blake is a fine artist who fell in love with HDR photography. He combines his understanding of light and form to make some powerful images. Here's a followup guest tutorial from Blake. We hope you enjoy and be sure to give Photomatix Pro a try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ArmOY6ikVI 5 HDR Tips for Photomatix Pro 5.0 Presets are not always the best option. Dynamic Range changes drastically from one image to the next. A … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Get Better Results with Photomatix Pro
If you're a photo studio or photographer who uses Pictage to host and sell your photos, you likely have quite a shock this week. On August 24th, Pictage posted the following message to their users: The Closing of Pictagehttps://discover.pictage.com/pictage-update-20150824 Please accept my sincere apologies for the Pictage web site being down since Thursday. The Pictage web site is currently recovering, but it is an extremely slow process due to the high number of images we store. We are doing everything we can to bring the web site online as … [Read more...] about Pictage is Closing their Doors. What are Your Options?
Editor: Want to learn more about HDR? Check out this free online class. One of the most common question about HDR photography seems to be how many images should I take? This has an easy answer and the answer is It depends. That answer just isn't very satisfying is it? Well, lets talk about why it depends. How Brackets Work The reason for taking bracketed images, and for using HDR techniques to combine them, is to solve a problem. The problem is that the dynamic range of a scene is too great for the cameras sensor to capture in a single … [Read more...] about How Many Images Should I Take for HDR?
We're super excited about today's HDR Hangout. Two professional photographers are going to share their secrets on when and how to shoot HDR. Not obnoxious, cheesy filters, why would you do that... but photos where the images pop (or even just show what the human eye could see and the camera couldn't). Don't miss today's Google Hangout. The event is Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to HDRSoft. It starts at 1PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific. You've probably heard about HDR photography... but do you really understand … [Read more...] about Learn How to Shoot HDR Photography the Right Way
Don't miss our next Google Hangout. The event is Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to HDRSoft. It starts at 1PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific. You've probably heard about HDR photography... but do you really understand how to shoot it properly? In this informative and free event, top experts will share with you strategies on how to increase the dynamic range of your photos to make great looking images. Learn how to merge multiple exposures together to make great looking photos that tell the "whole story" of the … [Read more...] about Getting Started with HDR Photography (Free Event 8/26)
You can sign up for more information here and to see your spot h We'll walk and make pictures and talk and trade beta on cameras. Maybe we'll end up at a restaurant or bar afterwards. We'll wrap up after a couple of hours, but there are no firm deadlines here. Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm - 9:35pm Hotel Rose - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality 50 SW Morrison St, Portland, Oregon 97204 This is the kind of photowalk you may want to bring a tripod for because the city skyline with river in front should be pretty good looking. We'll meet … [Read more...] about Photowalk: Downtown Portland Bridges
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography has quickly grown into a popular form of photographic expression. It is both loved and loathed depending upon who you discuss the subject with. Many photography purists oppose the technique and declare it to be unnatural or over-processed. Other photographers embrace it for its many benefits and opportunities. The perspective that matters the most of course is the audiences... they love HDR. The goal of this article is to help you understand the technical approach behind the photography and understand … [Read more...] about What Does HDR Photography Really Mean?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD2D2oJOSrQ During my career in photography Ive met very few (if any) people whos rise to stardom has been more incredible than my pal Trey Ratcliffs rise. Hes a brilliant individual who has the very unique mixture of business acumen, artistic eye, critical thinking, encyclopedic/scientific knowledge and downright folksy friendly approach to helping photographers succeed. I was lucky enough to have a chance to teach with Trey in Tampa, FL. It was his first workshop ever. At the time, I think I learned as much … [Read more...] about Trey’s Photomatix Presets – Mini Review
Google's Snapseed has undergone a facelift of late and one of the things Ive found helpful is the ability to brush in the HDR filter. Applying The HDR Scape Filter To apply the HDR filter tap the pencil icon in the bottom right corner Then slide up to reveal the filters. Among the filters is the new HDR Scape. This works much better than the Drama that you may have added before. Here add the adjustments to suit. In this example Im only adjusting for the portion of the image under the desk. The wall and windows Ill do later. Ill tap the … [Read more...] about Painting In HDR With Snapseed
This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First we talk with Moose Peterson about his love of nature and aviation. Then we catch up with street photographer Thomas Leuthard for some practical advice. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213441123" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast July 5, 2015 — Moose Peterson & Thomas Leuthard
Why are prints are so important? Printing is a part of many photographers business or workflow that can be improved. Most of us don't know how to print or even understand the basics of printing. Sure, the ease of going from one screen to another is often easy, while figuring out how to print at the right size and the right output can be daunting. Why Print? Printing can bring another level to your photography and client base. Prints obviously do not require hard drives, cloud storage, or a powered on device to view. A print is a tangible … [Read more...] about Printing is the Lost Art of Photography
If you use Lightroom, you may be aware that Lightroom was updated a few months (Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6). One of the standout features in this new version is the ability to quickly merge HDR images inside of Lightroom without having to use Photoshop or another HDR processing app. I photograph a lot of landscapes, and have plenty of bracketed series that have never been touched. Photographing hundreds of images on any given outing typically means that one or two are shared, and the rest end up collecting virtual dust inside of Lightroom. … [Read more...] about Using Lightroom Smart Collections to Organize HDRs and Panos
On all the smartphones I get my hands on these days there's a n HDR function. Quite often I find that the default is 'Auto' but what difference does it really make? What Is HDR? High Dynamic Range or HDR is a technique of combining three or more images to make one evenly exposed image. That is, one for shadows, one for mid-tones and one for highlights. Photographers have been creating HDR images for some time using software from Photomatix, Adobe or other third party software providers. The Smartphone HDR What smartphones do however is take the … [Read more...] about What Difference Does HDR make With Smartphone Images?
I recently posted about Lightroom's new Photo Merge to HDR tool. Lightroom refers to this as Enhanced Dynamic Range. HDR is High Dynamic Range by the way. I believe that since Lightroom uses a floating point math that uses RAW files to produce a 16-bit HDR as opposed to Photoshop's pixel based 32 bit HDR. Plus or minus Ten stops The first thing that truly differentiates an HDR file from a regular RAW one is the extreme dynamic range or number of available f/stops of exposure control. The out-of-the-camera RAW file provides a plus or minus four … [Read more...] about Enhanced Dynamic Range in Lightroom’s Develop Module
Lightroom CC, the 2015 release, adds Photo Merge to its tool set. Photo Merge comes in two flavors: HDR (Control + H) and Panorama (Control + M.) The same shortcuts work for Mac and Windows so Mac users, don't substitute the Command key for the Control key on this one. HDR or High Dynamic Range extends the limits in detail between shadows through the midtones to the highlights that a single exposure can show. Unlike Photoshop, which uses pixel based files to create HDR, Lightroom CC works entirely with pure RAW goodness. The merged photograph … [Read more...] about Lightroom Photo Merge Gives Enhanced Dynamic Range
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick off Wednesday 5/27, 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, and 1:00pm Pacific. 4:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. If you like shooting the same subjects in the same way that have been shot for a hundred years...then this hangout is not for … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Diving into Cinemagraphs with Rob Knight