Thursday, October 25, 2012

Peace, Love and HDR

Final HDR Image
Here's one of my favorite HDR images, as well as one of my more peaceful images.

Title: Beautiful Buddha Reflection (We shoot here on my Croton Creative Workshop)

Location, Kent, New York

Exposures: 0, -2, -3, +2 EV


The name of the game is to fill the frame. Notice how every inch of this frame is filled with an interesting subject.

I used my Canon 15mm full-frame fish-eye lens on my Canon 5D for this image. Without HDR, the reflection would have been very dark.

When using a fish-eye lens, make sure your camera is level. A slight tilt to the left or right can mess up your image.

Also: Shoot RAW, but to save HDR processing time, convert your HDR images to JPEGs. One technique is to use Image Processor in Photoshop.

HDR sequence.
You'll find more HDR info in my iHDR iPad app and iHDR for your Mac.

Click here to see the plug-ins I use for HDR.

Explore the light,


Charleen said...

I'd love to do this workshop but I'm self-taught and have a entry-level DSLR. I have a speedlight, reflectors, tripod, etc. Would this be a good fit?

Rick Sammon said...

Charleen....I am self-taught, too. :-)

You will be fine.. and have fun.


CalTek Design said...

Beautiful shot. Just wanted to let you know that the link under "Click here to see the plug-ins I use for HDR." doesn't work.

Marvin said...

I've always been a fan of fisheye shots. However, I'm not quite good at it. Right now, I'm still in the verge of mastering monitor calibration. I have a bad eye.

erik fischer said...

It's always a frustration of mine to get the right settings for my DSLR to capture pictures as epic as this (tried experimenting once by picturing our remote camp perth trailer home, didn't work well). Or maybe I need better equipment?