Using Workspaces in Luminar 2018

By Gavin  Oct, 31, 2018   Posted in HDR Tutorial, HDRI
One of my favourite features about Luminar are the workspaces. I also find that many people are not really too sure what to do with them. As you progress with your learning and ability using Luminar, you may become less reliant on Presets. However, with so many functions and filters inside of Luminar it maybe hard to find a good starting point for editing your images. Workspaces help by putting what you need right where you need it. Utilizing...

Blending layers in Photoshop

By Gavin  Oct, 22, 2018   Posted in HDR Tutorial
Blending layers in Photoshop This part of my HDR Tutorial assumes that you have a version of Adobe Photoshop CS. It’s not so important what version it is. What I’m going to teach you, you can also do with Photoshop Elements, but you have to do a work around to do it. For some reason Adobe have not made the Layer Mask a part of Photoshop Elements. And if you do not have a budget for either of these two, you can also do it with Gimp. I will use Photoshop CS6 to...

How to make an HDR image with Photomatix Pro

By Gavin  Oct, 01, 2018   Posted in HDR Tutorial
How to make an HDR image with Photomatix Pro This part of the tutorial is really a tutorial in using Photomatix Pro. You can get a free copy of Photomatix Pro to play around with. It will put watermarks on your image, but otherwise it’s fully functional. When you are ready to buy Photomatix Pro I can get you a 15% discount if you use the coupon code “15HDRIT”. Download Photomatix Pro and get 15% off by using coupon code “15HDRIT”. About the photo used I will use a photo that I...

Setting up your camera for HDR

By Gavin  Sep, 21, 2018   Posted in HDR Tutorial
A High Dynamic Range (HDR) photograph is really a set of photos, that you merge into one photo. The requirements to make an HDR photo out of e.g. three photos, is that the three photos are identical, except for the fact, that one is under exposed (dark), one is over exposed (bright) and one is normally exposed. A DSLR camera and most mirrorless system cameras, can be configured to do these three photos automatically, but only a very few snapshot...

How to Use the Photoshop Gradient Tool

By Gavin  Aug, 21, 2018   Posted in HDR Tutorial
A Post By: Ana Mireles Despite its straightforward name, the gradient tool is incredibly flexible. You can customize practically every settings, and use it in many different ways. In this article I’ll show you how to use it to its full potential. The Gradient tool shares the same toolbar space as the Paint Bucket tool, so you may not see it at first glance. Click and hold the Paint Bucket tool to reveal the fly-out menu, then select the...

Creating HDR Photos with Zoner Photo Studio

By Gavin  Jul, 20, 2014   Posted in HDR Software Review, HDR Tutorial
Creating HDR Photos with Zoner Photo Studio Features Used: HDR via Exposure Blending HDR via Tone Mapping   The human eye is still a bit ahead of cameras’ light sensors. Above all, our eyes can handle a broader dynamic range. This is a problem, and there’s a trick you can use to fight it: HDR. It stands for High Dynamic Range. 1 HDR becomes attractive the moment you have a scene with both very light and very dark areas, and you want a photo expressing details in both these...

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014

By Gavin  Jul, 17, 2014   Posted in HDR News
Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014 As we all know by now Adobe released their latest update to Photoshop CC.  I attended the very well done keynote that was thankfully streamed online.  That was a very cool touch, kudos Adobe! I have since downloaded Photoshop from the creative Cloud.  It took me a while, and a phone a friend on Facebook, to realize that it was a whole new App.  Which brings the heartache of having to transfer plugins and all that great stuff.  Thankfully I...

Five Tips to Improve Your Summer Photography

By Gavin  Jul, 06, 2014   Posted in Photography Tips
Five Tips to Improve Your Summer Photography We aren’t going to talk about cleaning your lenses (although you should), I’m not going to tell you to use a tripod (you should know that), and I’m definitely not going to tell you to compare last year’s photography to this year’s (but that’s not a bad idea). No, I’m going to suggest you get out of your comfort zone and do something new. If you open up your Flickr, 500px, or wherever you store your thousands of kitty cat...

Upgrade to the New Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 and Save

By Gavin  May, 20, 2014   Posted in HDR Software
Get All 8 Products in 1 Powerful Editor   The New Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 is here, and you’re going to love the new features you get when you upgrade. Save on the upgrade price right now and get 80 additional pro presets and textures for free! Learn more »   What’s New in Perfect Photo Suite 8.5? New super-fast image browsing capabilities New Perfect Eraser accuracy...

Topaz Labs DeNoise 50% off Sale

By Gavin  Mar, 17, 2014   Posted in HDR Software
Topaz Labs DeNoise 50% off Sale From Today till March 31st. Topaz Labs is offering their great noise reduction Software – DeNoise for 50% off Noise is a big problem for HDR makers and even for those that like to push the controls in Lightroom or Photoshop, or you simply made an exposure mistake and it’s a photo you just can’t get rid of.  Well you don’t have to. Topaz Labs DeNoise is an “Extra Strength” noise reduction, It may take a little longer but the result...

Free image of the week: Homework

By Gavin  Feb, 16, 2014   Posted in HDRI
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What is the best workflow: Exposure Fusion or HDR Tone Mapping?

By Gavin  Jan, 23, 2014   Posted in HDR Tutorial
What is the best workflow: Exposure Fusion or HDR Tone Mapping? This depends on the dynamic range of the scene, the characteristics of the differently exposed images and the effect you want to achieve. Our recommendation is to try both. The table below lists the main pros and cons of both processes.   Pros Cons HDR Tone Mapping HDR image file can be saved, enabling to tone map the same image with other methods or other...

photomatix 5 review

By Gavin  Dec, 30, 2013   Posted in HDR News
20-Nov-13: Photomatix Pro 5.0 released: Adds Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping for realistic-looking results, new Fusion method for real estate photography, multiple settings batching, and option to enable fusion from a single RAW file. Hi Guys, have you checked out the Beta release of Photomatix Pro 5 yet? I have posted a little review video of the new features last week. Maybe you’ll find it useful: Finally had a chance to try out...

PHOTOMATIX PRO 5 IN OPEN BETA – IN TOKYO LAST NIGHT

By Gavin  Oct, 01, 2013   Posted in HDR Software
NEW PHOTOMATIX PRO 5 AND TONEMAPPING! Now it’s finally available for beta download on this special Photomatix page. There is all new tonemapping algorithm and all kinds of cool stuff a’goin’ on. Also, if you decide to buy the full version (you’ll get the free upgrade), we have a new Photomatix coupon code...

DEAL: 30% Off: Photoshop Basics Online Course

By Gavin  Sep, 06, 2013   Posted in HDRI
DEAL: 30% Off: Photoshop Basics Online Course BECOME A PHOTOSHOP EXPERT IN A SINGLE EVENING AT HOME! SnapnDeals presents the Photoshop Basics for Photographers Online Course from Phil Steele Training for only $33.00 Master Photoshop CS or Elements skills in just 3 hours. Take your photos from ‘OK’ to ‘Awesome’. Learn by working ’hands on’ with photos that Phil Steele uses. Don’t miss out, this SnapnDeal won’t be up forever! Here’s what you’ll learn: VIDEO 1: The...

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