Category: Nature Photographer: Chris Utano Title: Rocks I am a sucker for a well-composed shot of a shoreline. As a nature photographer, it has all the elements: land, sea and sky. This image is not only well composed. It is deftly processed. With sunsets and sunrises, there is always a temptation to pump up the saturation. Utano resisted that temptation. Still, there is enough punch for me to suspect a bit of HDR sweetening, but not so much that it feels unnatural. As a result, the photo feels like one is looking out the window … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Chris Utano
photo by Scott Bourne Don't miss this free educational event. We'll be tackling how to make the best looking landscape images, from shoot to post. Join Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington for this free and informative webinar. You'll learn how to shoot better landscape photos by exploring composition, time of day, and pre-planning. You'll also learn a few production tips like HDR and tack sharp shooting. Once captured we'll develop images in Photoshop and Lightroom and show you how to use Perfectly Clear to enhance your images. All … [Read more...] about Free Webinar – Landscape Photography: Shooting and Making Compelling Images
Interiors are tough to photograph. With film, windows had to be covered with gray gel (ND) to balance their brightness to the inside lighting. If bulbs were too bright for the rest of the lighting, they had to be turned off part way through the exposure. One of the toughest situations were arched ceilings lit with bulbs or tubes lining its edges. This super bright feature in a hallway or elevator lobby usually didn't have a way of shutting it off. These features are still quite popular today. Capturing one of these interiors has never been … [Read more...] about Photomatix Selective High Dynamic Range for Interiors
I head out to Great Fall National Parks to walk you through HDR shooting. Have you tried to photograph the beauty of a scene but just can't capture its intensity or range? In this episode, I'm joined by special guest, Abba Shapiro explore the world of HDR photography. You will learn the benefits for using High Dynamic Range photography to capture all your breathtaking moments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDzPcbfX7eE In this video you will learn: The benefits of High Dynamic Range photography The camera settings needed to achieve HDR … [Read more...] about Getting Started with HDR Shooting
The other day I was showing a friend how to send images to be merged into an HDR in Photomatix Pro by exporting from Lightroom. When we were going through his image library, it was difficult for him to remember which images were in each sequence. He couldn't remember if his camera was set to show the image sequence as -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 or 0, -2, -1, +1, +2. Sometimes he would take a sequence then vary the shot, and looking at the thumbnails was difficult. Rather than struggle to find each sequence, we enabled Auto Stack in Lightroom. Stacks … [Read more...] about Auto-Stack Images in Lightroom for Easier HDR Processing
I'm a huge timelapse fan... plus I'm a bit nutty about HDR. In this tutorial I show you how easy it easy to batch process a giant HDR series. I shot in Zion National park and created HDR timelapse movies to tell the whole story. https://youtu.be/GicROfiZdO0 You can learn more in this complete lynda.com course. … [Read more...] about Shooting HDR Timelapse – Developing HDR Photomatix
By now most of you have heard of Aurora HDR from Trey Ratcliff and the team at Macphun, and if you haven't, well it's a joint project by Trey and Macphun to create an application tailored to exactly what the most prolific HDR photographer in the world would want out of software. Over the course of an entire year they worked together to create an app for photographers of all skill levels that would produce incredible images. You can run it as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop Elements, OR you can run it as a complete … [Read more...] about Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro Update Has Me Impressed!
Landscape photography brings its own rewards. Being in a beautiful place at a tranquil time of day is therapeutic. Add good company, and it doesn't really matter if you make any good pictures because the experience alone was worthwhile. For instance, I visited my parents, recently, and my dad and I awoke early to photograph the moon setting over one of our favorite places, Garden of the Gods. Due to a small cloud that wouldn't move, the moonset was a bust, but I exercised a few tips I've learned to make the most of the experience anyway, and … [Read more...] about Shooting Landscapes? Go the Extra Mile
HDR Photos are created by merging two or more exposures together to show the entire dynamic range of a scene. This is an great tool that we explore fully in our HDR Learning Center. The challenge is a moving subject. Ghosting Ghosting happens when something moves during the exposure brackets. Leaves on trees blown by wind, waves on a body of water, cars moving on a roadway or in this case, camera movement causes multiple images--ghosts--in the photograph. The wind farm below is a great example of ghosting. The windmill is a great example of … [Read more...] about Deghosting HDR Images in Photomatix
Making pictures at nighttime can be challenging. Parts of a picture that are lit with street lamps or other lights are very bright compared to the darkness of the sky or the shadows under trees and porches. This scene is described as having a high dynamic rangethe difference between light and shadow is very great. This is the reason we have HDR tools for photography. Let me show you how I used HDR techniques to make a picture at nighttime. Bracket While photowalking with a terrific group in Austin, Texas, I wanted to make a picture of the … [Read more...] about How to Use HDR for Nighttime Photography
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, … [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. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Lindsay Adler Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has … [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