My friend Trey Ratcliff (of Stuck in Customs fame) and I, along with DPE, are officially designating June 26th (this coming Saturday), as International HDR Day. Hey, if there can be a National Talk Like a Pirate Day, there can be a special day for HDR (High Dynamic Range Photography), too!
We want you to go out (or stay in) this week and take the best HDR image you’ve ever taken, and upload it to the DPE Flickr group. Please only upload one HDR image, and please use your real name in the text.
As a bonus, Nations Photo Lab will make a 20 x 24-inch print of the two winning images. Plus, all those who submit an image can get a $50 gift card from Nations Photo Lab. Just use this code upon checkout when placing an order with Nations Photo Lab: NPLHDR.
What’s with the Two Worlds in HDR? Well, starting today, Trey (from his HDR world) and I (from my HDR world) will share a favorite image and tip ever day with you right here on DPE leading up to International HDR Day.
Trey’s tip for today’s image: The River Runs Through the Andes – The varied light and texture elements of diverse landscapes are often best realized with multiple exposures.
Rick’s tip for today’s image: Florida Hotel, Old Havana Cuba – Check for chromatic aberrations. If you see them, remove ’em in Photoshop before going into Photomatix.
About HDR, Trey says: “First, International HDR Day is recognized in every country except North Korea. If you are not with us, you are against us.” Second, “HDR is special because of what it does to people. Never before in my life have I seen anything that can consistently make people smile when they see it. When an HDR image is well-executed, it brings great, immediate, and visceral joy to the viewer… and you can’t beat that.”
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Rick’s comments on HDR: “I think everyone can have more fun with photography when they shoot for HDR images. What’s more, I think HDR helps photographers to awaken the artist within. Thanks to HDR, we can picture our world as we see it (when it comes to extreme dynamic range) for the first time – quickly and easily.”
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If you are just getting into HDR imaging, or want some ideas, check out our HDR books:
A World in HDR – by Trey
HDR Photography Secrets – by Rick
If you are totally new to HDR, you’ll need an HDR program to process your images, such as Photomatix.
You can get a 15% discount when purchasing Photomatix, make sure to use this code upon checkout: “DigitalPhotoExperience”.
Topaz Adjust can also help in expanding the dynamic range of an image, although it’s not a true HDR program. You can order Topaz adjust here. (Make sure to use the discount code “juanpons” for an extra 15% off).
Good luck to you all!
Explore the light,
P. S. Here is an extra tip for today!
Think Photoshop + Photomatix – When processing a set of images in Photomatix, the final image might look a bit flat. In Photoshop (or Elements, Lightroom or Aperture), try increasing the contrast and sharpness of your image to make the final image “pop” with color and detail. By increasing the contrast, you will lose a bit of detail in the shadow areas, but remember: light illuminates and shadows define.
Summer Palace, Beijing
Top image: Photomatix plus Photoshop.
Bottom image: Middle exposure of three exposures to capture the dynamic range of the scene.