Tag : Photoshop
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.
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 [...]
No, I cannot help you in avoiding a flat tire, other than suggesting that you try not to run over sharp objects. What I will attempt to help you with is avoiding blow-outs in your photographs. What’s a blow-out you ask? In simple terms, it is an area of a photograph that has turned [...]
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 [...]
Currently working on restoring some old photos for friends. First up was just a simple restore. Noise removal and color repair work. Much more could be done but this is just a simple example of a quick repair. In this example I used a combination color balance, saturation, un-sharp mask, the spot healing brush, standard [...]