After Scott Sherman and Michael Stein’s most recent show from DPS, where they bring in Jeff Revell and talk about HDR photography, I am reminded of the attention that HDR got when CS2 first came out. I had tried some HDR back then and it really didn’t come out too well, likely because of the tone mapping that Jeff referred to.

So…now armed with CS3, and the recovery slider, I decided to re-visit some shots that were good candidates for HDR. As it turned out, with the recovery slider and a little bit of attention in Photoshop with normal layering, I turned out a few pretty good ones without having to go the HDR route. Here’s two:

waterfall.jpg

woodedpath.jpg

So… anyone else into HDR photography out there?  Share your thoughts, shots, and links to your own work in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Thursday’s Thought – HDR photography

  1. Hi Mark!

    These were shot with the kit lens believe it or not. The EXIF settings for the waterfall shot were f16 @ 1/5th second, ISO 100, 18mm. So I was at the widest point of the kit lens. For a cheapie it actually does pretty well. Naturally, with the shutter set to 1/5, I was on a tripod for this shot.

  2. I am also trying to give HDR a go. I admit it is a little harder than first look for many of the places I photograph – either the highlights overwhelm the sensor or I have lost information in the shadows, either way – looks like I need to get out and take photos with HDR in mind rather than assume those I have are ready 🙂
    I will say, your two images look quite nice. I would be interested to know the length of lens used with the water falls. Looks quite wide but without vignetting.

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