The biggest mistake HDR shooters make is trying to rush the process. Some think its as simple as shooting the photos and running them through a merging application. Others try to save even more time and use in-camera HDR solutions. While both of these options can make a better photo than just a traditional exposure, they don’t really embrace the full capabilities of HDR imaging. For that, you need to truly take a three-step process. Shoot Using the bracketing option on your camera (or manually adjusting exposure), you’ll successfully … [Read more...] about HDR: Is a Three Step Process
I have two computers - a beautiful 5K iMac at my studio, and a MacBook Pro that I travel with. My schedule can get crazy, especially when I'm traveling 2-3 weeks in a given month. It's not practical to take my entire photo library with me when I travel, so I often find myself creating a temporary catalog on my laptop and merging it with my main catalog back at the studio. While the task sounds daunting, it really isn't that complicated. Let's get started. I'm assuming you already created your temporary catalog and you're about to merge it … [Read more...] about Merging Lightroom Catalogs in 5 Easy Steps
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
Slightly less controversial than HDR, panoramas are also possible in Lightroom CC. Panoramic images are a series of shots that are stitched together to appear as one large image, that couldn't be captured with a single shot. Typically, a photographer will take one image, turn slightly, take another, and so on. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wV1Yav6wQ … [Read more...] about Panoramas in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
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!
Post by The Auto and the Perspective method offer dramatically different Photomerge results. We stick with Auto for the first attempt. The Photomerge command offers six different layout options when creating a panoramic photo. Each method interprets the panoramic photos differently. We often try to run multiple methods to see which produces the best results. A good place to start is Auto, which attempts to align the images but will bend them as needed. Auto: With this method, Photoshop first analyzes your source images. It then applies … [Read more...] about How To Pick The Best Layout Method Using Photoshop’s Photo Merge Command
Here's a simple composition tip - try to avoid merges. Merges are places where lines intersect in such a manner as to distract and run together. Note the first photo in the post. It shows the grain silo merging with the hill behind it. This causes confusion in the viewer's eye. It takes the image out of balance and flattens the scene making it look more two-dimensional. Look at the second shot - the black and white. Notice the clear separation between the top of the grain silo and the hill. It makes for a more balanced and pleasing … [Read more...] about Photo Composition Tip – Avoid Merges
Image and Post by Rick Sammon Here's the shortest tip that I have ever given: Shoot! The more pictures you take, and the more you experiment in the digital darkroom, the more creative you become and the more creative surprises you'll get. Here is one example. I was experimenting shooting panos at the New Croton Dam (five minutes from my house in Croton-on-Hudson, NY) with my Canon G10. My plan was to process these snapshots in Photoshop CS4's Photomerge (which is about a million times improved from earlier versions.) Due to the … [Read more...] about No Shoot, No Surprises!