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Tybee Island HDR+ Gallery

While I have been exploring high dynamic range (HDR) image editing for a few years I have only recently posted several images on-line.  This image set was captured around dawn in May of 2012.  After ‘normal’ image review/editing HDR editing was applied to each HDR-work-photo-set.  When I was satisfied with the HDR edit then I created virtual copies (using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) and applied some artistic edits.

The Basics of HDR Photography

  1. capture an image set – create multiple images of the same ‘scene’ [tripod use is probably best] while varying the exposure (some cameras provide a ‘bracketing feature’ which simplifies this – you can press the shutter button once and auto-magically capture 1-9+ images [check your camera options]  with auto-magically varied exposures [probably best to use Manual Mode or Aperture Priority Mode] ; you can also manually capture your ‘work-set’) OR
  2. capture a single, high quality (RAW) image and create your own HDR work-set by saving several versions of the same image (could be done via Lightroom by creating ‘virtual copies’; this approach will most likely not provide the same range of data to work with, but it certainly is something worth exploring when you have a single capture that you believe might ‘work’ as an HDR image…)
  3. process the image set using HDR software (i.e. Adobe Photoshop or Open Source tools like: Luminance HDR)
  4. add any final adjustments to the HDR image.

Tybee Island HDR+ Gallery

This Tybee Island art print set includes A/B variations as well as a few A/B variations with my ‘shadow’ removed.  The ‘A’ image is HDR and the ‘B’ image is HDR+ (I applied additional processing/edit to create a watercolor-like image.) The images were captured on the north end of the island (near the jetties and at the Tybee Island Lighthouse.)   While traditional prints are certainly wonderful this particular set of images should be jaw-drop stunning as metallic or acrylic prints (provided that you really like the image.)  🙂

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“If you are normal you won’t know that…”

A comic reference to mastering the seemingly complex features of modern software:

If you are normal you won’t know that…” –

a Quote from Julieanne Kost (JKost.com) – Adobe product maestro/teacher (Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom) from the free online Video at http://escalatelive.com/.

We all have areas of expertise and skill – Julieanne Kost shares quite a bit in this online video.  I created some Summary notes from the video – most ‘tips’ below are for Lightroom… This is one of the ways that I retain new information – take notes, then explore; so now I will share a list of topics covered in the video.  I do suggest watching the video for your own take-aways.  🙂


Escalate LIVE is more than a broadcasted photography conference. It’s a highly interactive conversation that will challenge you, inspire you and offer you a chance to change things for you and your business.”

The notes below are from the on-line video captured during the Escalate LIVE Be Boutique event  held October 4–5, 2010.

Workflow used to be Bridge + Photoshop.

Now, Suggested workflow is Lightroom + Photoshop.

Should you use Bridge or Lightroom?

Lightroom – can maintain a database of online/offline files. Bridge cannot. Which one fits your needs?

Single or multiple catalogs? Depends on your needs (and your hardware – IMO/experience small catalogs work well:  easy to archive images and catalogs when you keep them in the same working folders; much faster than using a large/huge catalog – again, in my experience…)

Lightroom 3 – performance should be good in the 2010 version….  Are ‘performance issues’ software or gear related?  Some gear/environment questions:

  • PC optimized for performance?
  • Size of files?
  • Location of images? (network?)
  • enough RAM?, CPU?

If you don’t want to create a monster/master catalog with all images then a suggestion is to  Create a Marketing Folder/Catalog – include the 10 best images from each shoot – you then have a semi-master catalog which can be used for both research and marketing purposes.  (This is what I have been doing…  Every photo gig has it’s own master folder and the Lightroom catalog for that gig is created in this master folder; backing up just one ‘gig’ is very simple – just copy the ‘master folder’ to the backup resource; restoring is just as simple…  Remembering to make the backup is key!)

More Resources

  • Adobe TV resources
  • Nine (9) –  15 minutes videos @ JKost.com – free

Need custom sort – use a ‘collection’…

Snapshots vs Virtual Copies

  • Virtual Copy – when need separate image treaments
  • provides ability to develop each copy differently (without making a ‘copy’; you are simply creating a ‘recipe’ for that version of an output file…)
  • limit what is saved in snapshots, i.e. just vignettes, just color adjustment, etc.

Perspective corrections (are manual edit) vs lens corrections (which are auto-magic…)

Lens ‘profiles’ –  auto-correction on import

  • reset image that has already been imported
  • enable lens profile correction
  • set as default (future images will be ‘auto-fixed’)

Cropping

  • flip  – press ‘X’ to ‘flip’
  • custom crop ‘shapes’ (from the menu)

Develop

  • Y key – before & after ‘split’
  • drag ‘states’ (history onto image) to ‘apply’ an adjustment
  • double click on slider names to ‘reset’


Photoshop Specific Items

  • Content Aware Fill – Photoshop – Is the image too cluttered – didn’t get the photo you need? CAF provides an automated replacement option that ‘pulls neighboring pixels’ into the area that you want ‘filled’.
  • Puppet Warp – 3d object manipulation – a real WOW type of tool… Need to un-slouch a subject?


Interview with J. Kost

  1. know your tools – there is no ‘instant solution’ – become a ‘master’; play and learn; use personal projects (just for fun OR to learn…)
  2. to master any tool/subject requires an investment – it takes time…