Saturday, March 27, 2010

Evan Gearing has a wonderful blog

As you know, I'm a frequent contributor to HDR Spotting. For those of you who don't know what that is, I suggest you take a look at the site. I like to look at other photographers submissions. All those HDR images in one place, it's a great way to learn. I don't try to copy any one particular style but every once in a while I ask myself, "how does he/she do that?".
Evan Gearing is one of those photographers. His compositions are excellent and there's something about his processing style that, for me, is intriguing. I found his blog where he tells something about each capture and his precessing method.
It's a great place to visit, see great images and get some good ideas for HDR processing. He uses some filters that I have never seen mentioned before, and they work. Give it a look.
Let me know what you think.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Single image HDR


(Click the images to see them larger)

Single image HDR processing can be very successful. At the point of capture there are a few things to consider.
Shoot in RAW to capture as much information as possible.
Capture the light avoiding, as best you can, clipping in both the shadows and highlights. Use your histogram.
Low to medium contrast subjects have the best chance to be successful. (But as you can see from the images above, you never know.)
Process the single image in Photomatix, Topaz Adjust 4 or both. Use all the tricks you know.
As always, if I can help, you can email questions.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

" I'm just an amateur, but. . . "

I have posted a few articles by one of my favorite photographers and writers, David duChemin. In his latest masterpiece, he discusses the amateur and professional photographer titles. It is well worth a few minutes of your time. All I have to say about it is "AMEN".

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Laurie Excell "Tech Tuesday" blog

I have been following Laurie Excell's blog for quite a while. She has some very interesting and informative incites into photographing the natural world wonders and wildlife of North America.

In addition to her own photography, she works with 2 of my other favorite photographers and teachers. Joe McNally and Moose Peterson as instructors in Digital Landscape Workshop Series.
Now she is producing a Tech Tuesday blog. I'm sure it's going to be a worth while read.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Topaz Adjust 4

Topaz Adjust 4 has been released as a free upgrade to current users. The upgrade includes many new presets, the ability to handle larger files, a new interface and faster noise reduction. You can upgrade here.

If your not a Topaz user, you should be. They have a fine line of very affordable plug-ins. Take a look at their entire line, here.