Oct 272012

Filmmaker Joel Schat demonstrates how to create sophisticated motion controlled HDR motion sequences in this well crafted tutorial:

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Sep 132012

Check out this great article by Ian Plant which explains some key aspects of creating effective natural looking HDR images. Ian has also created an excellent series of video tutorials which you will find at the second link below.

HDR Images: The Importance of Preserving Relative Luminosity Tones | Dreamscapes Team

Creative Vision eStore – Creative Digital Processing Video Tutorials

Jun 162012

Here is the next installment of HDR tips by Unified Color VP of Marketing John Omvik. Here’s John:

In my last post I discussed the importance of firmly securing your camera when shooting exposure brackets for HDR scenes. The key was to eliminate movement between frames that can cause merge and alignment issues. Once the camera is secure, our attention needs to shift to the objects themselves.

This image has moving water and clouds, the smooth de-ghosting option is best for this type of scene. It smoothly blends the images producing sharp results in stationary objects like the rocks in the foreground and blends the movement in the water.

Since we are taking multiple exposures that will be merged together it is also just as important to avoid moving objects in your scene that can change their location or position from one frame to the next. Objects moving between frames are called ghosts because they can show a combination of both the moving object as well as the background scene and appear ghost like. Since we are dealing with HDR and multiple exposures that render different brightness levels from the individual frames, a ghost may not appear as a solid image, but only part of a tonal range of the object. For example if an object moves between frames, the shadow portion of the object may render in one position while the highlights render in another.

This image has stationary objects and a person walking through the frame in the upper right corner.

There are 2 types of ghost effects, and many different ways to address them, I call them rooted and mobile ghosts. A rooted ghost is slight movement in what is really a fixed object. Example of these are leaves of a tree, water in a stream or even clouds in the sky. In most cases these have some anchor point in the image that isn’t moving (for clouds, the blue sky counts as an anchor). In these cases we are not so concerned with detail in the moving parts and prefer to smoothly blend the motion preserving the sharpness of the other elements in the image. In HDR Expose 2, we refer to this as “Natural” Ghost reduction. Mobile ghosts are objects that actually move from one position in the image to another between frames, such as a car driving or a person walking through a scene. Rather than blend the object which would look strange we prefer to isolate the object with a sharp edge that better defines the object and allows us to more easily clean it up in post. In HDR Expose 2 we call that the “Sharp Edges” ghost reduction. For images that have both rooted and mobile ghosts there is the smooth edges option that attempts to best address both types of motion. If you are using 32 Float v2 to process your HDR images and Photoshop to do the merge step, you have the option of selecting a “key frame” that the others are compared against in order to isolate movement.

In this case the natural option produces undesirable results the moving object (person) is blended with the background and each other.

A close up look at the sharp edges method produces much better results. There is still a slight outline of the ghost from the other frame, but these are minor and can easily be retouched out. Another option would be to wait until the gentleman had made his way through the frame, but that is not always possible in crowded areas.

De-ghosting of any type is just additional image processing that you are better avoiding if at all possible. So until we have cameras that can capture the full dynamic range of a scene in a single shot, or can bracket so fast that they can freeze motion between frames, it is best avoid shooting in-door shots in busy locations with lots of people moving through a frame or shooting outdoor scenes on windy days.

Apr 272012

This is obvious but essential. As tempting as it may be to shoot free hand (or from the hip),if you want good, sharp HDR images you need to stabilize your camera. Ideally, use a sturdy tripod, or in a pinch, set the camera down on a solid surface.



Second, some of your over exposed frames need to capture shadow details and you may actually be shooting at shutter speeds so long that you can have difficulties holding the camera steady. So in addition to creating problems aligning frames that shifted due to the camera changing position between frames, you may also have frames that are blurry due to long exposure times. These will have a negative affect on the merge process and image sharpness.In addition to a sturdy tripod or solid surface to mount the camera, you will also want to minimize any movement caused by you touching the camera between shots. This can be accomplished a number of ways, the easiest of which is to use the self timer or a cable release trigger to fire the camera. Another option that several professionals use is Promote Remote www.promotesystems.com. This device plugs-in to your camera and actually takes over the bracketing and exposure controls. This is a huge benefit for Canon shooters with cameras that only support 3 shot bracketing.Of course if you really want to get picky and you are shooting with a D-SLR, you’ll mount the camera on a weighted tripod with a sturdy ball head, put the camera in Mirror-Up mode and use the cable release or Promote Remote to fire the camera. This adds an extra delay between the moment the mirror goes up and when the shutter opens, reducing any additional vibration caused by the mirror flipping up and down.Don’t forget, if you are using Vibration Reduction, Image Stabilized or Steady Shot lenses, turn this feature off when the camera is attached to a tripod. You don’t want to induce lens movement when the camera isn’t moving.There are some promising new camera and sensor technologies on the horizon that will allow for very fast sequential exposures that may eventually get us to the point of having a virtual 1-click HDR series that can be captured freehand without the need for a tripod. Until then, its better to not hold your breath and just use the reliable tripod.


Apr 262012

This is a fun one. It’s the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas – designed by Frank Ghery. I shot it while on a business trip there.

Program used: Topaz Adjust

Preset used: HDR – sketch

Manual Tweaks

Detail Tab

Strength 2.13

Boost 1.00

Noise Tab

Suppression 0.47

Amount 0.75

(Final Image)

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Feb 062012



HDR Expose 2

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Feb 062012

“This week it was a real thrill for me to host a live webinar with photographer Richard Sisk to talk about HDR panoramic photography. Richard has been shooting panos professionally for many years and was able to share some of his legacy work as well as tips and techniques for creating digital HDR panoramas.”

John Omvik, Vice President of Marketing, Unified Color Technologies

HDR Panorama Photography with Richard Sisk Parts 1 &2 recorded on 1/31/2012

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“In this next tutorial photographer Richard Sisk shares his tips and techniques for creating stunning HDR Panoramas. In part 2 of 2 Richard demonstrates how he processes his stitched and merged 32-bit HDR Panoramas using HDR Expose 2.”

John Omvik, Vice President of Marketing, Unified Color Technologies

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Jan 212012




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Dec 272011

Here is a review and tutorial of Photomatix 4 HDR software from HDRsoft. To get a free trial of Photomatix Pro 4 click the box image  below.

Photomatix Pro Version 4 Review and Tutorial – Blogcritics Sci/Tech

Purchase Photomatix Pro or download the free trial here:

HDR photography software & plugin for Lightroom, Aperture & Photoshop – Tone Mapping, Exposure Fusion & High Dynamic Range Imaging for photography

12 Amazing HDR photography tutorials!

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Dec 092011

I found this great collection of HDR tutorials and tips on the Photo Bucket website!

12 Amazing HDR photography tutorials and tips

Photo Bucket

The making of HDR panoramas by, Zsolt Zsigmond

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Nov 202011

Zsolt Zsigmond has put together a very comprehensive tutorial on his methods for creating HDR panos.

Please see the link below:


Sep 012011

Here is a terrific HDR photography overview by Rick Sammon:

Canon DLC: Article Print: HDR: From Capture To Post (Part 1)

More from the Canon Digital Learning Center:

Canon DLC: Home

Jul 012011

HDR photographer Blake Rudis of Everyday HDR, has produced a fab tutorial all about the HDR features of Oloneo Photoengine!

This High Definition presentation is best seen at 1080p and Full-screen.


Everyday HDR » The only HDR Photography Blog for Everyday Use!

Oloneo – HDR Software


May 172011

Check out this article by Texas pro photographer, James Brandon:

HDR Express Improves a Single Image – another tip from James Brandon

Visit James Brandon Photography at the links below;

Blog: James Brandon | Destination Travel and Wedding Photographer | Dallas/Fort Worth

Portfolio site: Dallas Fort Worth Destination Wedding and Travel Photography | Keller Texas Wedding and Family Photography

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May 102011

David Giral is one of my favorite HDR pro photographers! Take a look at this tutorial and you will see why:

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HDR video “Making Of” : The Lexus on Broadway Avenue in New York, NY | David Giral Photo Blog | A blog about HDR, travel and portrait photography | Photoshop Retouching Tutorials and tips

Event, Real Estate, Travel and Portrait Photographer | Actors Headshots | Montreal, Los Angeles, NYC | David Giral

May 042011

Dom Bower has created a video tutorial on the subject of bracketing for HDR .

He also demonstrates a very useful Photomatix Pro workflow.

Thanks Dom!


Be sure to click on the link below for more Dom Bower tutorials:

Dom Bower Photo Blog: HDR editing tips

Apr 302011

If you have an interest in creating HDR photos that have a natural look, you will want to read this excellent article by Dan Moughamian.

Peachpit: Creating High Dynamic Range Images in a Snap with HDR Express > Camera Setup and Image Evaluation

HDR Express » HDR360pro.com

Apr 242011

I use Photomatix and several other HDR software programs, however that is not the only way to create a composite of different exposures. Photographer Jacob Shultz has perfected a Photoshop workflow that gives him great results. Click the link below to read his tutorial at DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL:

How to Create a Realistic HDR Image: A Simple and Fun Method to Create a HDR Image, without Photomatix

Jacob Shultz Design and Photography

Apr 222011

Here is an article from dpreview.com and Uwe Steinmueller that looks at some of the challenges inherent in HDR photography.

The Art of HDR Photography Part 2: Guides: Learn: Digital Photography Review

Apr 092011

Blake Rudis has an excellent new tutorial on getting great HDR results from Photomatix Pro! By the way, this tutorial looks best at 1080p and full-screen.


Everyday HDR » The only HDR blog for Everyday Use!