Hey everyone! With all of the outpouring of creativity over on the blog over the last couple of days, I figured it’d be a good idea if I just tipped my hand and actually showed how -I- was working with the HDR image that started the entire contest. The tutorial is listed at the link below. Keep in mind that this is a bit of a longer one- about 23 minutes. In it I talk about a couple of things that I think make a successful HDR piece – working Photomatix as much as possible for tone, and finishing in Photoshop. I go over some quick tips on what to do with some problem spots and how to use Photoshop to solve for them.
It’s funny though. Seems like this week we got hit with a touch of the HDR conversation. First I posted this contest for 1 Shot HDR images because of the picture that Brad brought me. Then Dave Cross had a lively discussion on the matter. Today, Scott Kelby also contributed to the topic, sparking another lively discussion on the topic. It’s becoming one of those things that’s as charged as PC Vs. Mac – Nikon vs. Canon – Raw vs. JPG. Check out the comments to see how spirited it can get.
At the end of the day, I have to say I truthfully don’t care. Over the last couple of months I started exploring the technique as a way to keep me doing something when I was on the road, and I like what the technique has done for me, in terms of re-exploring Photoshop. Sometimes you get into a “I do the same 5 things” rut. Looking at what I -could- be doing with my images from an artistic point of view has let me take the tools I work with and just re-examine them. I’ve been playing around them enough that they’ve even creeped into my own portfolio of work. That, and I get to make something I think looks pretty cool. I’m game. In the end, I feel that it’s an art technique that you can use with varying degrees of results. Yes, there is a technical backend to it, and yes I understand the technical nuances. At the core, I feel like I am part photographer, part software technician, so the melding of the two suits me just fine. I just don’t care to argue the technicality when I could be out shooting and making something.
Let’s hope you guys do the same!