Today I had the pleasure of attending a workshop – Introduction to HDR Photography – presented by Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon. I had dabbled with HDR on a few occasions previously, but Rick presented some new and very interesting tools and techniques to really make the whole process very fun and exciting. He is a great teacher and master photographer and if you have a chance to read his books, attend his workshops or visit his website I highly recommend that you do. I guarantee you will learn a lot and be inspired by his great work. He has a new book coming out totally devoted to HDR photography and based on his presentation today it will be quite informative. He basically covered the basics of the programs: Photomatix, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop CS4. He also covers quite a number of these techniques on his site: Plug-in Experience.com
I tried out some of what I learned today in creating this image that I captured last year when my wife and I were on vacation in Hawaii. Here is the original image. Not too shabby, it has a fairly interesting sky and quite a few element in the foreground, but somewhat flat and lacking depth and contrast.
And here’s the artistic result of processing the image through Photomatix, Topaz Adjust and Adobe Photoshop CS3:
This is just one example of many variations that are possible in HDR photography. The great thing about it is that it give us photographers a much greater range of control over our images. Thanks for sharing this information with us in Seattle today Rick and I look forward to your return to the region later in the year.
View from Puu Ualaokua Park Lookout – Oahu, Hawaii
Copyright © 2009 Jay Taylor Photography Image taken using the Canon 1D MkII set on apeture-priority mode (Av) with Tokina 12-24/f4 , Handheld. The exposure was taken at 15mm, f/13 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 200 using Center-weighted averaging metering. Post processing done in Lightroom 2.5, Photomatix Pro 3.2.8, Topaz Adjust 4 and Photoshop CS3.