Re: Anatomy of a thread
posted at 6/4/2013 12:30 PM EDT
In response to csylvia79's comment:
In response to TFB12's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
I've seen this work on a camera forum years ago.
Hey Z, not to get Rusty creepy here but with your avatar and mention of camera forum, is photography a hobby or profession for you? The reason I ask is because there was a time I was interested in HDR photography, gave it a few trys and really couldn't make it work very well and I would like to try it again, Do you happen to know much about HDR photography?
I'm just a hobbieist when it comes to photography, but correct me if i'm wrong.... HDR photography is an after shooting process in a photoshop type program? Blending diffent exposure type shots to get a greater contrast?
I don't have much photoshop skills, i just use light room to make small adjustments... my lens do the bulk of the work for me. Right now I've been experimenting with time lapse photos.
What up TFB.
Ha. That's not creepy. A bit OT, but a few posts won't matter. I teach college right now. I only shoot as a hobby, and mostly because I like to travel to different places. I mostly make images of people and landscapes when I have the time.
I've tried HDR but I'm not big on it. It takes a really skilled post-processor to get the right results, and much more often than not (in my opinion) the results look unnatural or cooked. I've seen some tastefully done HDR images, though, that kind of replicate the dynamic range you could get from skillfully processed black and white negatives.
At any rate, I know a little, because it starts off as bracketing, which is a common landscape technique. If you know or have tried these things before just read past.
1.) you need mutliple exposures, true, so always use shutter lockup, even once bounce from the mirror is enough to create motion between the frames
2.) Get a heavy, solid tripod, for the same reason. Any movement between the shots will induce variations and even the best deconvolution software will never bring the sharpness of a true frame back.
3.) Get the best software you can (adobe for most) to do the HDR merge
4.) Make sure your PC has tons of RAM, because a full HDR merge creates massive files that can make some stout PCs slog
6.) Use the same landscape rules you would normally follow (i.e, shoot at the best times, return to the same site, etc, etc.)
I think most people use 5 or more frames (at least they did when I was trying it). I'm not huge on it as a principle: it's a lot of work in PP, and at this stage in my hobby I really just want to capture real, memorable images.
I do love time lapse, but only when a scene strikes me that it woul benefit from the treatment, OR you are forced to because of exposure concerns. I don't do a lot of the "milky water" TL photos myself, but have seen some really cool ones.