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
- 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
- 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…)
- process the image set using HDR software (i.e. Adobe Photoshop or Open Source tools like: Luminance HDR)
- 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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