Friday, January 14, 2011

Quick HDR Tip: Experiment with Creative Color Variations

Here's a quick HDR tip: Play with colors to create a different feeling of an HDR image.

My standard HDR image (below) was OK, just OK.

To make the image pop, I used the Color Blast filter in Topaz Adjust (opening picture for this post).

For a more subdued feel, I applied a Pastel Filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro (below).

Below is some info on the photo and the HDR process and plug-ins that I used.

Title: San Blas Resort

Location: San Blas Islands, Panama

Exposures:   0, +2, -2 EV

Processing: Nik HDR Efex Pro, Nik Software Color Efex Pro/Pastel filter, Topaz Adjust/Spicify filter.

Gear: Canon 7D, Canon 17-40mm lens, Induro Tripod and Induro ball head. 

For more info (and discounts) on HDR plug-ins and programs, click here.

Yes! I took this picture on my recent Panama photo workshop. Scroll down to see previous post about the workshop.

Explore the light,

P.S. Which image do you like best? Standard HDR, pastel or color blast? Also, would you like to see more quick tips like this? Let me know by posting a comment here.


Carolyn Fox said...

The first image definitely has more of an HDR feel, but I think I like the one with the NIK pastel filter best. It has a nice painterly effect that I like. Yes, more HDR tips would be great. Thanks & have a great day.

Carol Cohen said...

I agree with Carolyn, but both are definitely "better" than just the straight HDR image. Yes, please keep doing quickie tips like this-they're so helpful! You got me started on HDR and Topaz, and despite health issues that limit my photographing out and about at 74, I'm having a blast revisiting old images. Thanks, Rick!

Melfrego said...

Finished product definitely POPS! Thanks for the tips!

Betty Wisse said...

It's hard to pick a favorite, I'll go with the color blast :-)
Please more tips, love them.
I bought the Topaz bundle because of you and some other guys who use it and offer tips.

Susan Carroll-Seger said...

Hi RIck, I'll have to go with the color blast..A nice pop to the color is my preference.

Norbert St. Pierre said...

I like the Color Blast the most but I think the Pastel Filter makes a soft, relax feeling that draws your personal mood to it. Love them both!!

Merkur said...

My favorite is the pastel effect, but the color blast really gets your attention. Good as a lead-in. If you had used the pastel as the banner picture, you would have less hits to your link. The Color Blast really grabs you!
I bought the Topaz bundle at the PhotoPlus Expo after seeing you use it at your Unique Photo's HDR lecture. Thanks for the tip!

Anki said...

My vote goes to the colorblast as I get happy with the warm bright colors. I both love and appreciate your tips so please continue with them :-)