Monday, February 7, 2011

HDR . . . The Right Way?

Today I'd like to talk about doing HDR the right way. You see, there is no "right way" to do HDR. :-)

I think my friend and HDR expert Trey Ratcliff agrees.

It's all up to you: realistic to artistic . . . and a million variations in between.

Here's an example. The opening image for this post has lots of detail - created by apply Topaz Adjust/Spicify to the HDR image I created in Nik's HDR Efex Pro. 

The image below is soft - created by apply Topaz Adjust/Smooth and Flat to the HDR image I created in Nik's HDR Efex Pro.  

So follow your heart. Do what you like, as Ginger Baker wrote :-). What? You don't know Ginger Baker and "Do  What You Like" in 5/4?

Above are my original files for my "Red Stairwell" image.

As you no doubt noticed, my original set of images is off kilter. That’s because I had to cram my camera and tripod into the corner of the stairwell in the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach, Florida. I had to set up the shot without looking through the viewfinder. I used my camera's self-timer to fire the shutter.

By using a very wide angle lens (14mm), I knew I could creatively copy my final HDR image without losing any important areas.

I'll be talking about stuff like this in my next iPad app: Rick Sammon's HDR Portfolio, which is due out in several weeks.

Click here for a discount on HDR Efex Pro and info on Topaz Adjust.

Explore the light,


Theresa Jackson said...

If there was a "right" way then we would be scientists not artists. I'm happier being an artist.

Linda van Rosmalen said...

As a scientist I resent that Theresa! :P
And Rick, I have definitely learned that HDR is all about personal tastes and that you can't please everyone, or even half realistically speaking. I have my own "style" after doing HDR photography a few years and as such have developed some partiality to artists that give their photos a similar treatment.