Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography – New Book

Creating HDR Photos

Creating HDR Photos is a new book from photographer Harold Davis.

“In Creating HDR Photos, bestselling author Harold Davis covers the complete HDR workflow, from choosing the subjects that work best for HDR through processing RAW files to unlock the dynamic power of HDR. You’ll learn how to photograph multiple exposures and blend them into a single HDR image using various software programs. Best of all, you will find out how to control the style of your HDR images, from subtle to hyper-real, using a range of photographic and post-processing techniques.”

Creating HDR Photos retails for $29.99; however, it is currently available for $18.98 from Amazon.com.  It is also available in a Kindle edition for $17.99.

Unified Color Updates 32 Float v2 HDR Plug-in for Photoshop CS6

32Float v2

Unified Color Technologies has released an update for its Photoshop plug-in HDR software, 32 Float v2, which adds compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Users on 32 Float will need to install the latest update from Unified Color’s website or through the in-program update process. In addition, Unified Color will also be running a summer promotion offering 10% off all their software through June 29.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Free Webinar on Architectural HDR Photography

Unified Color

Unified Color (maker of HDR Expose 2) will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, May 15.  The webinar will feature professional architectural photographer Michael James, “during which he will discuss and demonstrate how Unified Color’s color-safe editing tools and workflow-simplifying features of the fully-featured HDR Expose 2 and Photoshop® plug-in,32 Float v2 have enhanced his commercial work.”

You can register for the free webinar here.

HDR Expose 2

HDR Expose 2

HDR Expose 2 is a new HDR program that leverages Unified Color’s Beyond RGB color technology.  There are a gaggle of HDR programs out there and most of them seem to do very similar things.  However, I had the chance to sit down for a walk-through of the pre-release version of HDR Expose 2 at PhotoPlus in October and was stoked at what I saw this program do.

Check out this intro video to the brightness histogram for a little taste of how HDR Expose 2 works. [Read more...]

Ready for HDR Video? It’s Coming in the AMP Camera

While HDR photography has its fans and foes, HDR video is likely to fuel the fire even further if the tech in the AMP video camera becomes widespread and affordable.

The AMP camera claims to offer up to 17 stops of dynamic range as the result of capturing simultaneous video on 3 separate senors – with each set to different exposure values.  The Gen II AMP camera stores raw data to SSD hard drives and, based on the company’s FAQ, it looks like they are working on increasing the memory buffer for longer recording times.

Check out the demo video below that shows off some of the footage and explains some of how the camera works. [Read more...]

The Chapel, HDR Video Shot with 5D Mark II

Patrick Kizny shot this HDR sequence inside an 18th century chapel in Poland. Whether you like HDR or not, you have to appreciate the amount of work that went into this production – particularly, how smooth the slider shots were for the timelapse sequences.

He used a number of different cameras, but primarily relied on the 5D Mark II for the timelapse shots due to its high resolution.  If you are interested in more about how he made it, check out the behind the scenes video below.

A detailed description of the post-production timelapse HDR workflow can be found on the Looky Creative blog.

RED HDRx Gets ‘The Impossible Shot’

The above sample clip demonstrates the HDRx voodoo that RED is working in its new EPIC camera.  The shot from dimly lit tunnel to a sunny afternoon maintains the aperture and other exposure settings during the transition.  No one is pulling aperture via a remote during the transition.

Using the new HDRx feature in the EPIC, the camera makes the previously-impossible now possible.  The HDRx functionality works by recording two exposures and blending them together, which allows the camera to hold the highlight details in the clouds after emerging from the tunnel in the above video.  The exposures are captured simultaneously, with the underexposed frame recorded at a fraction of the shutter speed of the “normal” frame.  Not even film has this kind of latitude.

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