Wednesday, October 14, 2009

St. Augustine Workshop: HDR Fun!

HDR was a main focus of my St. Augustine, FL workshop this week - and will be a part of my January 2010 workshop. However, in that workshop we'll also cover Travel Photography, lighting, Photoshop, flash photography with reflectors and diffusers (you'll be able to master your flash), etc.

Here are a few images.

The top image was taken by Jeff Harrison. The bottom two images (before and after HDR) were taken by pro photographer Rob Knight.

Rob took a more artistic approach, while Jeff went for a more realistic approach. The group liked 'em both.

When you are creating an HDR image, try an image both ways: realistic and artistic. The more you boost the strength and saturation in Photomatix (the HDR program we used), the more artistic the look. Add a Topaz Adjust effect, such as Spicify, and you'll get an even more artistic image. Keep on going! Add a digital frame for an even more artistic image.

For more on HDR imaging (and discounts on some plug-ins), see the pluginexperience. The home page image is a combo of using: Photomatic, Topaz Adjust and PhotoFrame 4 Professional from onOne Software.

Explore the Light,
P.S. Rob and I are planning a Travel Photography workshop in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned!


Carolyn Fox said...

In this case, I prefer the artistic one, but they're both nice. Joe Brady just left a message on my blog at about my Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone images. The pic's a couple of years old, so I didn't use HDR, but I did use Topaz Adjust on one version & asked for comments. Joe had an interesting suggestion which I'm going to try in a couple of days & then post it on my blog. Take a look if you have time.

Mike said...

Was there only one image for this HDR photo?

Rick Sammon said...

Mike... 3 images. at, 2 over and 2 under.