Two Worlds in HDR: Announcing International HDR Day

June 20, 2010

Contest, HDR, Learning

Creative Commons - Non-commercial - Trey Ratcliff

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!

Image © Rick Sammon

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.

Trey and I will pick our two favorite images. We’ll each send the winners an autographed copy of our HDR books. The two HDR images will be posted here on DPE in mid-July. YOU need to contact us if you are selected as a winner – so keep checking the DPE web site. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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.”

Follow Rick on twitter.

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

Also check out Trey’s new Textures tutorial DVD, it’s very cool. For more on my friend Trey, keep an eye on http://stuckincustoms.com.

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,
Rick
P. S. Here is an extra tip for today!

Images © Rick Sammon

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.

Want more HDR info? Here is a quick movie I shot on HDR. I also have some HDR info in my 24/7 Photo Buffet iPhone app.


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Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Exploring the Light and Digital Photography Secrets. When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.” You can follow Rick on twitter at http://twitter.com/RickSammon and visit his website at http://www.ricksammon.com

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19 Responses to “Two Worlds in HDR: Announcing International HDR Day”

  1. John chandler Says:

    I could not rename my files as they add from my flicker account and it let me upload 3 images, so I imagine others may run into this too, just an FYI

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    • Juan Pons Says:

      You should be able to go into your Flickr account and edit the description and/or title to your image. The issue sometimes we run into is that peoples Flickr username oftentimes does not reflect their real name. In order to pick the prizes we would like to have peoples real names!

      -J

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  2. David LaSpina / JapanDave Says:

    Awesome — I am completely ready for International HDR Day!

    I haven’t see that video before, by the way. It was very very cool. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. David Pearson Says:

    Hi,

    I’ve just uploaded my best HDR to the Flickr group but you mention in the post about using your real name in the text. When you add an image to the group you can add text so did you mean at it to a post on the group?

    Cheers

    David

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    • Juan Pons Says:

      David,

      The issue sometimes we run into is that peoples Flickr username oftentimes does not reflect their real name. In order to pick the prizes we would like to have peoples real names!

      For example, in looking at the Flickr group submissions I found an image posted by a rdpearsonuk user, but I am not sure if this is you or not…. even when I look at the profile for that user I see a name of “David Pearon” Is this you? maybe…. maybe not.

      Some people will add their name to the description of the image and this helps us when we pick the winners.

      Hope that helps.

      Thanks,

      -J

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  4. John E Adams Says:

    How are you going to filter/find the entries or is it just every images uploaded this week? A contest tag would have been an easy way to find and review the contestants?

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    • Juan Pons Says:

      All HDR images submitted to the DPE Flickr group since the contest was announced are eligible. We wanted to make it very easy for people to submit their images for the contest so we’ll be keeping track ourselves.

      Thanks,

      -J

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  5. Kevin Galarneau Says:

    Sounds great! I’m looking forward to hearing your HDR tips each day.

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  6. John E Adams Says:

    From the post it looks like you wanted images taken this week – which is what I did but I see many posts are from folks archives. Can I go and dig out my best from the archives to enter to keep better my chances?

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  7. Nesthel Says:

    The photos above are pure of awesomeness. Men I have to up may ante.

    Reply


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