Tuesday, September 8, 2009

HDR To The Rescue

I guess I could have entitled this column, “Ricky’s Believe It or Not!” but “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” already has the corner on fascinating and intriguing stories—and has had that corner since I used to read the column of the same name in the Sunday comics in the 1950s at my grandmother’s apartment.
By Rick Sammon Published in Quick Fix
HDR To The Rescue
I guess I could have entitled this column, “Ricky’s Believe It or Not!” but “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” already has the corner on fascinating and intriguing stories—and has had that corner since I used to read the column of the same name in the Sunday comics in the 1950s at my grandmother’s apartment.

FINAL

I thought about the believe-it-or-not concept because the opening image, which I took in Maine, is actually the end result of combining three photographs of the same scene and processing them digitally in about five minutes to create one high-dynamic-range image (with a bit of a Levels adjustment in Photoshop)—believe it or not! Personally, I find this digital technology totally amazing.

High-dynamic-range (HDR) photography captures a much wider dynamic range than a straight-out-of-the-camera image. What’s more, HDR images tend to look more artistic and creative than straight shots, in my opinion anyway.

I used Photomatix Pro (www.hdrsoft.com), one of several HDR imaging programs, to create my HDR image.

In my HDR work, I also use the HDR feature found in Photoshop, which I wrote about in these pages several months ago. For this column, I’ll focus on using Photomatix Pro.

Ready for some quick tips on getting a quick fix with HDR imaging? Let’s go!

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