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...

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...

How to start for beginner photographer

By Gavin  Dec, 19, 2012   Posted in HDR Tutorial
At this article I will write about a few of the first steps anyone who is willing to get into photography seriously should take. 1: First of all get you should get a DSLR camera. Why should you get a DSLR over a good point and shoot? Because DSLR cameras give you the option to control manual settings of the camera. And yeah, I know that also some P&S cameras give you this option, but they are other reasons to get a DSLR. First and foremost...

canon 550d hdr photography tutorial

By Gavin  Oct, 11, 2012   Posted in HDR Tutorial
You shoot HDR with the 550 the same way you shoot HDR with any other camera. You take three or more shots at different exposures and use HDR software to blend and tonemap them. Open the menu, go to the second page (red) and the first item is Expo. comp/AEB. Use the arrows to adjust the exposure and the dial to set the exposure bracketing. Took me a while to find the AutoBracket on the 500D too, much easier on a compact like TZ7 or LX5. On...

New Nikon D800 and D800E are highest resolution full-frame dSLRs

By Gavin  Mar, 10, 2012   Posted in HDR Tutorial
New Nikon D800 and D800E are highest resolution full-frame dSLRs   Today’s announcement of the new Nikon D800 contains few surprises given the now-standard leakage factor that detailed full anticipated specs as far back as October. The 36.3-megapixel D800, along with its fraternal twin, the D800E, are currently the highest resolution full-frame dSLRs on the market, and should remain so even after the arrival of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s successor, which is expected to be announced soon...

Photomatix Question, help, hdr photomatix pro tips and tricks

By Gavin  Nov, 11, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial
I just got Photomatix and am impressed with the ease in which it blends photos. Right now I have been doing the blends with ORF files and that seems to work pretty well. But being the lazy person I am, and not wanting to spend the time figuring it out myself, I was wondering if there is a more preferable way to handle the workflow. So what do you guys do? Do you “develop” in Studio or the RAW developer of your choice and then go to...

guide to photomatix hdr software photography 2012

By Gavin  Oct, 25, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial
HDR Tutorials,Guide To HDR Photography Photomatix is a software used to convert pictures into HDR, High dynamic Range. It’s a techniques used more and more by photographers to enhance those details, hidden in the shadows and highlights.  Easily Create Great HDR Photos Online [link]  How To: HDR Photography CS5 at DPS [link]  How To Use Luminance by – HTU no1 by *TiKy2010 [link]  A brilliant beginning-to-end tutorial from...

hdr photography tutorials 2012, hdr photomatix tutorial 2012

By Gavin  Oct, 19, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial
hdr photography tutorials 2012, hdr photomatix tutorial 2012 HDR refers to high dynamic ranging imagery and is usually associated with light-based virtual or 3D imaging. It deals with a wide and dynamic range of luminance or brightness and contrasts starting from the darkest possible image to the lightest possible image. Thus, the higher the range of illuminated images, the better is the depth you can expect in your output. Usually, images of the sky serve as the best subject, but you can get better...

how to do hdr photography, how to make hdr photos 2012

By Gavin  Oct, 14, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial
There are lots of single image HDR presets and actions out there. None of them can replicate the look for a reason: they’re all LDR (Low Dynamic Range) images. By definition, it takes multiple LDR images to make a single HDR. The main thing here is DR (Dynamic Range). Even today’s most powerful camera sensors are not capable of detecting what the human eye already sees: a wide range of tonal variations. The lightest part of a...

D5100 hdr,nikon d5100 how to use hdr

By Gavin  Oct, 13, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial
Am a D5100 n00b. Actually it is my first DSLR. I found this setting in the menu, but it seems to be disabled. I read somewhere that it is enabled only when you shoot in a JPEG only mode (so you cant use it when you are shooting in RAW). However, I’m not able to enable it even after going to JPEG only mode. So now I am stuck! How did you enable it in the first place? nikon d5100 hdr not available, I apologize if this is a newb question but I...

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