Tag : HDR
As a young man from a low-income family I learned from an early age that if you break it, and can’t fix it, you go without. I guess this is where I get my smarts from. I was never afraid to take things apart and see how they work, repair, change them, etc. My [...]
First thing I want to say is that Zion was one of my favorite spots on this last trip out west. There is a reason this place is often thought of as nature’s cathedral. You truly feel as though you have died and gone to heaven while there. Every vista is majestic and spiritually uplifting. [...]
Here is my short tutorial on generating 32bit HDR files in Photomatix and then importing them back into Lightroom 4.1 for super-intuitive editing. *****UPDATE***** HDRSoft/Photomatix have released a plugin that now supports processing of 32bit HDR files without all the hassle. You can download it here: http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/merge_lrplugin.html
Photomatix 4.23 has been released. Mostly bug fixes but a few feature updates, see below. 3-Jul-12 – Updated in v4.2.3 – Bug fixed: Canon Raws shot in SRAW/MRAW mode were not converted properly. – Bug fixed: With some specific image width and height, tone mapping with Details Enhancer in Lighting Effects mode could cause a [...]
During a “process my brackets” challenge on Facebook a few months back I published this Video:
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Check out Jack Howard’s HDR Photography page on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/HDRPhotography and join the fun.
It is challenge specific but does highlight some tips and tricks I use. Stay tuned for a new and more in-depth look at my workflow using Photomatix, Lightroom, and Nik Software.
This video demonstrates a new blending technique that I am developing. I am combining live HD video with still HDR photographs resulting in a “Living HDR” effect. A nod to Ken Burns for the inspiration. This particular video was shot in upstate New York and features waterfalls from the Finger Lakes region a music by one of my favorite artists Jace Everett (Of True Blood Theme fame). Any comments and/or questions are always welcomed.
List of “participants”
- Waterfalls courtesy of the finger lakes region of New York State.
- Lenses exclusively used on this shoot by Sigma Corporation. SigmaPhoto.com
- Camera used: Sony a77v
- “Slip Away” used with permission in this video. Please check out Jace Everett @ JaceEverett.com
- Software utilized for production: HDRSoft Photomatix, Sony Vegas, Adobe Lightroom, Premiere, and Photoshop, Nik Software Plugins.
The effect I use in the video I have dubbed “Living HDR/Faucet Effect” because I am using my HDR photos, overlaying and blending live HD video with them. The technique uses no special plug-ins or masks. As you will see in the video, it has the effect of a moving HDR and then freezes as if someone is turning off time with a faucet. Motion is achieved by painstakingly aligning and synchronized simultaneous panning of both the live footage and the HDR still.
If you are interested in using the “living HDR” or “Faucet Effect” technique, please contact me. I will have a short tutorial out soon as well on how you can achieve the effect.
Photos from this shoot can be purchased from the gallery link on the menu above.
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Well, it’s spring and an un-seasonable one here in New York. Today’s forecast was for a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and as of late, I have not let the weather forecast deter me from heading out to shoot. I have found that generally the most atmospheric landscape photo opportunities make themselves available when [...]
The sign-up for the drawing was so successful that I decided to give away 2 prizes. The winners have been picked and notified by email. As soon as I have their information and details I will announce the winners an the photos they chose for their prize. Thank you to everyone who participated and stay [...]
Special pieces from A.D.’s “Castles of New York” and “The Art of Decay” collections are on permanent display at The Independent Artist Gallery. The well-known gallery is owned by proprietor and painter Lisa McLean and is located at 46 East Market Street in Corning, New York, at the heart of the Gaffer District. Currently the [...]
A while back I did a shoot at a really cool old theatre in Blossburg, PA called the Victoria. To this date it has been one of my most popular stories and galleries here on my site. Through that shoot I met the wonderful owners Tom and Tonya MacNamara and Tonya’s dad, Pete Gorda. While [...]
A short video showing how I process my shots using Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photomatix 4 to produce natural looking, full spectrum landscape HDR photos.
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Wow, what a trip. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It was big, expansive, cozy, personal, spiritual, uplifting and more! So grab yourself a cup of joe and settle in for the trip of a lifetime. What started out as a casual conversation about “what if’s” and “why for’s”, [...]
Recently while on a road trip with my friend and fellow musician Tim Black, he mentioned to me that a small 1920′s movie theater in his home town was re-opening after many years of closure. Being very interested in historic places, buildings and architecture I asked him to forward contact information to me regarding [...]
HDRI or HDR definition: In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging HDRI (or HDR as it is more commonly known), is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This [...]
The Tools: Cameras Obviously a digital camera is a good place to start. I could easily do a 50 page thesis on cameras for HDR, but in this case, I think google knows best. I will keep it as short as possible here. Pretty much any digital camera that you can change the EV (exposure) value [...]
The Shot Well probably goes without saying but I will say it anyway. It all start here. Meaning, no matter how much you photoshop it, or HDR it, or whatever it, a good shot is a good shot and a bad one is well, just bad. Once you are more familiar with the process, you [...]
Processing Time to make this puppy sing. You first need to fire up your HDR software. In this example we will use Photomatix Pro 3.2. Open the program and you should see th following dialog: Once you have Photomatix Pro 3.2 open you will want to click on the Generate HDR Image button and then [...]
Photoshop Now that your HDR has been tone mapped to at nice viewable .TIF file its time to put the finishing touches on it. Granted you may be happy with the photo the way it is, but these simple techniques will not only make your HDR pop but will also help most any shot do [...]