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Exploring HDR: Beyond the Single Exposure

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Discover the power, flexibility, and ease of high dynamic range photography in this introductory presentation of tools, techniques, and software.

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Exploring HDR: Beyond the Single Exposure

  1. 1. E XPLO RING H DR Beyond the Single Exposure Jordan McCullough Ambient Ideas Photography
  2. 2. ?
  3. 3. What is HDR?
  4. 4. High Dynamic Range
  5. 5. High Dynamic Range Detail Creativity Realism Surrealism
  6. 6. Misconceptions
  7. 7. Misconceptions ➊ The “HDR Look”
  8. 8. Misconceptions ➋ Cure-All to Bad Lighting
  9. 9. Misconceptions ➌ Time-Consuming & Difficult
  10. 10. File Formats
  11. 11. File Formats DN G J PG
  12. 12. The Gear
  13. 13. + = H R DR ea dy
  14. 14. Aperture Priority or Manual Mode Remote Release or Timer Release Tripod mount
  15. 15. Sturdy and Vibration Resistant
  16. 16. Capture Process
  17. 17. Capture Process • Standard exposure for mid-tones • Faster (under) exposure for highlights • Longer (over) exposure for shadows
  18. 18. Keys to HDR Capture • Capture entire dynamic range • Verify exposures with histogram • Even bracketing separation
  19. 19. Generating the Image
  20. 20. Approaches 1. Manual Masking 2. Automated Blending 3. Tone Mapping
  21. 21. Manual Masking Approach ➊ • Traditionally performed in Photoshop • Carefully mask each exposure • Requires great amounts of patience
  22. 22. Automated Blending Approach ➋ • Quick to produce • Moderately predictable • Acceptable final image
  23. 23. Tone Mapping Approach ➌ • More involved • Highly adjustable • Hand-developed quality
  24. 24. Software
  25. 25. Software • HDRSoft Photomatix • Adobe Lightroom + LR/Enfuse • Adobe Photoshop “Merge to HDR”
  26. 26. Photomatix HDR • Small learning curve • Ease of use
  27. 27. Single Exposure
  28. 28. Photomatix HDR
  29. 29. Single Exposure
  30. 30. Photomatix HDR
  31. 31. Single Exposure
  32. 32. Photomatix HDR
  33. 33. Photomatix Fusion • Quick results • Simple adjustment options
  34. 34. Single Exposure
  35. 35. Photomatix Fusion
  36. 36. Single Exposure
  37. 37. Photomatix Fusion
  38. 38. Single Exposure
  39. 39. Photomatix Fusion
  40. 40. Lightroom + Enfuse • All-in-one photo editing environment • One-click HDR blending results • Similar to Photomatix Fusion
  41. 41. Single Exposure
  42. 42. Lightroom + Enfuse
  43. 43. Single Exposure
  44. 44. Lightroom + Enfuse
  45. 45. Single Exposure
  46. 46. Lightroom + Enfuse
  47. 47. Photoshop • “Merge to HDR” built-in • Greatest control of tone mapping
  48. 48. Single Exposure
  49. 49. Photoshop HDR Merge
  50. 50. Single Exposure
  51. 51. Photoshop HDR Merge
  52. 52. Single Exposure
  53. 53. Photoshop HDR Merge
  54. 54. Only the beginning...
  55. 55. Only the beginning... • Several HDR software choices • HDR is just one approach • Many other enhancement options exist
  56. 56. Special thanks to HDR soft
  57. 57. Jordan M cCullough Email Ph otography.co m Info@ AmbientIdeas Twitter ambientphoto Web Site om P hotography.c AmbientIdeas des Pre sentation Sli to/ t/ambientpho SlideShare.ne Presentation Feedback /ambientphot o/ .com http://www. SpeakerRate
  58. 58. Resources • HDRSoft Photomatix http://www.hdrsoft.com • Adobe Photoshop CS4 http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/ • LR/Enfuse http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrenfuse.php • PTGui Panoramic HDR Stitching http://www.ptgui.com
  59. 59. Credits • HDR Building by Burning Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/burningimage/ • HDR Coastline by Heegle http://www.flickr.com/photos/heegle/

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