Making photographs indoors during the full light of day can present a variety of exposure challenges to real estate photographers in terms of dynamic range. From light spiking through windows to shadows lurking behind walls, the eye will adjust to balance these harsh conditions automatically. Our cameras in-turn rely on the photographer's vision and decision-making to produce the necessary range of exposures required to cover the gamut and generate a realistic composition of the scene in post. Regardless of the style of shooting, wherever … [Read more...] about Photomatix Pro Workflow Tips for Real Estate Interiors
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 of Thursday 4/30, 2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, Noon Mountain, and 11:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. I don't know which I'm more excited about, that RC Concepcion is coming on the show, or that he is going to help us explore the incredible new features in … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout with Special Guests RC Concepcion and the New Lightroom
Whether you love it or hate it, HDR is here to stay, and now built directly into Lightroom CC. For those unfamiliar, HDR, which stands for "High Dynamic Range", is the process of combining multiple exposures of the same scene to produce an image that is more 'true' to what the human eye sees. At least, that's the idea. Too often do we see HDR images that are way overdone. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgApMJR8kZk … [Read more...] about HDR in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
While many have heard of (or even tried) HDR, chances are we're not making the most of the process - in fact we're likely overdoing it. To help you learn more, we've lined up a top expert for an interactive discussion and webinar. To learn more about how Google Hangouts work, click here. Mastering HDR & Photomatix Pro with Ron Pepper Thursday, April 9 at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST Register Here For those interested in learning more about the High Dynamic Range shooting and processing technique, you're invited to join us next Thursday, April … [Read more...] about LIVE HDR Hangout with Photomatix Expert Ron Pepper
Far and away my favorite subject to photograph for relaxation and practice is in the Landscape venue. Having grown up in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Southwest Virginia, learning to make better landscape photographs has been a staple in my own learning curve over the years and an ever-present means of practice to this day in terms of shooting and processing. The Normal Approach In days gone by, when presented with a scenic landscape of any kind, being overwhelmed with the newness of the sight itself, I would likely frame the best overall … [Read more...] about 3 Keys to Adding Interest to Landscape Images
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. They say everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But there are steps I can take to … [Read more...] about Recover Files from a Corrupt Memory Card Using Mac Disk Utility
The Challenge of Dynamic Range My next house I did end up photographing was a small townhouse. I think those are extra challenging to photograph as you are working to be creative in tiny places to get the entire room without too much distortion. A tripod is a must even when working in such a tiny space. I went to work and bracketed each room. The realtor sent me a text saying his clients were impressed and LOVED the pictures. I breathed a sigh of relief. After that praise I looked back through some photos and decided to play some more with … [Read more...] about What can Photomatix do for you?
This week's podcast interviews photographer Chris Smith. Chris is a Chicago based photographer and an expert and understanding light. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193177676" 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. Chris Smith Chris Smith is a Chicago photographer who splits his time between being a high school physics teacher. Chris's understanding of light is a key factor … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast February 25, 2015 — Chris Smith and Levi Sim
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week is a two part show. First up, Rich Harrington catches up with photographer and educator Abba Shapiro to tackle some great topics to help photographers. Then Levi Sim catch up with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson to talk about shooting weddings and making the transition from photo to video. Remember, you can post questions for future shows via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. The music in our podcast comes from the cool … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Abba Shapiro + Ray Roman & Matt Thompson — February 5, 2015
After a hiatus, we've brought back the Question and Answer format to the Photofocus podcast. We got a lot of feedback at our reader's breakfast and decided to pull the format back out. Our goal is to once a month get answers to questions you have. You can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181650356" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Rich Harrington & Vanelli Why we … [Read more...] about The Return of the Question and Answer Podcast
Our next Lightroom Hangout is next Wednesday, October 29th. RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography plan. We'll have some prizes to give away (including a full year's … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Finishing Big Files Panoramas and HDR’s
There are people who's sole job is to find great locations. If you're not on a commercial shoot and can't afford to hire a location scout, never fear! Let's go through a few places to find great locations. Instagram Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing apps in the world. Users can upload photos and tag their location. Although this app is for mobile phones, there is a website that can show you a limited version of Instagram called Websta. When you visit http://websta.me/, you can type in the area or location you're looking for and … [Read more...] about Secrets to Finding the Perfect Location
One of the biggest challenges for those who enjoy making landscape and architectural photographs is to locate and acquire the ideal wide-angle lens for the job. While no amount of gear is a replacement for experience and skill, we invariably learn as we go that certain projects will call for a solution beyond our existing means. Fortunately for photo-kind, powerful in-roads for testing and using specialized gear have surfaced to level the playing field, allowing photographers of all stripes full-access to the best tools and equipment … [Read more...] about Going Wide – Exploring the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M Wide-Angle Prime
In this tutorial, learn about the Exposure Fusion processing method in Photomatix Pro, a valuable feature for merging photos with multiple exposures together. This creates a wider dynamic range without an over the top "HDR look." Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfDnPs100rI This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photomatix Pro course by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 32 minutes and shows how to develop HDR photos with Photomatix. … [Read more...] about When to Use Exposure Fusion for HDR
Our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest that was aimed to help bring awareness to the problems that pollution and waste cause. The photos shown are part of a selection of images communicating perspectives from close to 100 countries: The journey leads one through five continents, from the Philippines to Colombia, through India, Lithuania and Mali. The GreenVoice Project involves trainers, journalists, volunteer photographers and reporters who provide their own perspective about the environment, citizenship and volunteerism. Northern … [Read more...] about 19 Photos for Pollution Awareness
Some artists are born with a beautiful artistic eye, and others are very knowledgeable in the techniques of photography. This particular photographer possesses both characteristics and we are more than thrilled to have Greg Sims a regular author and contributor on Photofocus. Greg Sims was born and raised in the dynamic beach culture of Southern California. From an early age, Sims was heavily influenced visually by Hollywood cinema, beach life and the incredible visual carnival of So.Cal. Once considering himself a photographic purist Sims … [Read more...] about Meet Photofocus Contributor: Greg Sims
Whenever you have a high contrast area, it's easy to end up with chromatic aberration in a photo. This often results in a purple or green fringe along the edges of some objects in the photo. When merging HDR photos, this problem can become event worse. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to fix the problem in both Photomatix Pro and then use Adobe Camera Raw to clean up spots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu46kY4hLpA In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you'll learn how to quickly get results. … [Read more...] about Reducing Chromatic Aberration in HDR Photos
In this tutorial, we'll be taking a look at one approach to combining HDR (High Dynamic Range) composite images in Photoshop to remove any undesired detail, and easily blend softness back into a landscape composition as needed. Questions? Drop me a line at and . … [Read more...] about Blending HDR Images in Photoshop for Smoother Landscapes
Did you know that HDR software can be used to enhance the dynamic range of a single exposure as well? Earlier we looked at enhancing a single raw file, but you can even improve upon a single JPEG or TIFF. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKfCSTr0Rqw In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you'll learn how to quickly get results. Remember, you can pull down a fully functional demo version of Photomatix Pro as well. … [Read more...] about Working with Single Files in Photomatix Pro
Once you "finish" a photo in Photomatix Pro, you aren't really done. The software offers a collection of useful adjustment to refine contrast and control color balance to really achieve the best results. These adjustments are easy to use once you learn them, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adFHkgkB_Zg In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you'll learn how to quickly get results. Remember, you can pull down a fully functional demo version of Photomatix Pro as well. … [Read more...] about Add Finishing Touches to HDR Photos
Black and white photography is all about contrast. Working with HDR is a great way to create compelling photos. In this tutorial I'll show you how to create the most contrast in a photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kemZxYSFzg In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you'll learn how to quickly get results. Remember, you can pull down a fully functional demo version of Photomatix Pro as well. … [Read more...] about A Black-and-White Workflow with HDR
Did you know that HDR software can be used to enhance the dynamic range of a single exposure as well? By accessing all the data in a raw file, a technically improved photo can be extracted from the source. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYo1Ow3zelM In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you'll learn how to quickly get results. Remember, you can pull down a fully functional demo version of Photomatix Pro as well. … [Read more...] about Working with Single Raw Images and Photomatix Pro
As you work with HDR processing, it's not uncommon to have an area of the image that frustrates you. Perhaps it's an over-processed sky that's just too dramatic. Or maybe its an area of high motion. Fortunately, Photomatix Pro has an advanced option that makes it easy to replace a selection with the original source image. https://vimeo.com/87062897/ You can learn more about Photomatix in our HDR Learning Center as well as in this lynda.com class of mine. ______ … [Read more...] about Dealing with Problem Areas in HDR Photos
Photofocus contributor Nicolesy ran a great post about HDR lately where she asked, is it a fad? The debate in the comments pointed out to me that most folks think you have to shoot from a tripod. While this is ideal, it's not critical. The image below was shot handheld. 5 brackets two stops apart each to capture the full dynamic range of the scene. I was shooting up from a dark alley into a bright sky. I find that the alignment tools in Photomatix Pro are pretty awesome to compensate for shooting handheld. Plus if you modify your … [Read more...] about Handheld HDR — Is it Possible?
I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a "fad", and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to what their own definition of HDR is. After reading that it got me thinking, and I knew it would be a good topic to post here. So, without further ado, here's my very own opinionated "rant" about HDR. HDR is a Photographic Process, NOT a … [Read more...] about Is HDR a Fad?
I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDRHigh Dynamic Range photographyto make some of my images. I do my best to keep the processing as minimal as possible, without "nuking" or over-saturating the end result. It can be easy to be heavy-handed with HDR processing, so in this article I wanted to share my process and what I do to make my photographs look their best. Note: This is just one way to process an HDR photograph. Step 1: Bracket Your Exposure In order to process a photo with HDR, you need to photograph it … [Read more...] about Processing HDR using Lightroom and Photoshop
This week's podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show. First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who's timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials. Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear and what's hot in the photo world. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143203037" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get … [Read more...] about Drew Geraci & Hot Gear Segment | Photofocus Podcast 4/5/14
In order to show a HDR photo, you'll need to map its tones. This is largely due to the fact that you are converting from an image with 32 bits per channel to one that is 16 or even 8 bits per channel. Think of it this way, you're going from an image with a dynamic range of 100,000:1 down to as low as 255 to 1 per channel. Why get rid of this valuable information? Well it's a technical necessity as most displays and printing devices just can't show that range. The goal with tone mapping is to give the image an appearance of having a higher … [Read more...] about When To Use Tone Mapping
Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/8, 9 frame HDR, ISO 800, finished with Lightroom and Photomatix pro. There's a great podcast I listen to each week, and it really helps with my creativity. It's called Writing Excuses, and it's intended for fiction authors. Their topics, however, often apply to all creatives (one I especially liked was this one about using your experience to influence your work). It's only fifteen minutes long, and at the end they always give a writing prompt. The prompt is powerful because no matter what kind of … [Read more...] about Shooting Excuses