Nikon Coolpix P300

The Nikon Coolpix P300 is a compact point and shoot camera with a 12.2MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and a bright f/1.8 max aperture lens.  The P300′s lens offers a 4.2x zoom range for a 24-100mm equivalent and a max aperture of f/4.9 at the long end.

The P300 features a 3-inch 921k-dot resolution LCD and covers a sensitivity range of ISO 160-3200.  The Coolpix P300 will record 1080p HD video at 30fps with full autofocus, stereo sound and use of the optical zoom.

Like its superzoom sibling P500, the P300 can capture in-camera HDR images by combining multiple photos into a single photo.  The Coolpix P300 should be available in March for $329.95. Check availability on

Photomatix Pro 4.0 Released

HDRsoft has released Photomatix Pro version 4.0, which adds a number of new features and improvements, such as selective deghosting, improved noise reduction and thumbnail presets panel.

Photomatix Pro 4.0 is a free upgrade for version 3 users, and still carries the $99 retail price for other users.

More info can be found on HDRsoft’s website.

Impressive Time Lapse HDR Video from Sony A700


I am always inspired (and humbled) as a photographer as I cull through the Photography Bay Flickr Group each week. As I was checking out some of the additions to the group this week, something stood out a little more than usual.

That something was Flickr user andyathlon‘s additions to the Photography Bay Group Pool, which included the HDR time lapse videos below. [Read more...]

HDR Video is Here

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography has been quite controversial over the past few years.  But, if you thought HDR photos had fans and foes, just wait until HDR video catches on.

The above clip from Soviet Montage is captured using 2 Canon 5D Mark II cameras shooting the same scene simultaneously with the aid of a beam splitter.  One camera is recording at +2 EV and one camera is recording at -2 EV.

Regardless of how you feel about the HDR effect, you have to admit that these shots are interesting at least.  You can also bet that a feature like this will be built-in to a camera within a couple of years or so.

[Thanks to Dean for the tip!]

Practical HDRI, 2nd Edition – New Book

Practical HDRI, 2nd Edition is a new book from photographer Jack Howard that is geared toward teaching you high dynamic range (HDR) photography.  This new edition provides “step-by-step tutorials for creating professional results using the leading HDR software, including the latest versions of Photoshop CS5, Photomatix Pro, FDRTools, Dynamic Photo HDR, and HDR PhotoStudio.”

Practical HDRI, 2nd Edition carries a retail price tag of $34.95; however, it can be found for $23.07 on

More details below. [Read more...]

Canon In-Camera HDR Maps Single Exposure to Individual Pixels

Talk about changing the way HDR is done . . . .

A recently published Canon patent application (see USPTO Appl. No. 12/630,594) reveals a method for altering exposure values at the pixel level, which would allow Canon to produce a camera that captures a much wider dynamic range with a single image.

The lengthy patent application spells out a process whereby the camera captures a preliminary image with normal exposure values and then evaluates the exposure level across the entire image.  After creating an exposure map of the scene, the camera alters the exposure amount at the pixel level for the primary HDR image capture. [Read more...]

Merge to HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5

While perusing Adobe TV tonight, I ran across this nice tutorial on using the Merge to HDR Pro feature in Photoshop CS5.  In the 10-minute video, Julieanne Kost provides a pretty basic overview of HDR and then digs into the meat of the Merge to HDR Pro feature. In the last couple of minutes of the video, she shows off the power of HDR Toning if you just have a single image to work with.  If you’ve been thinking about trying HDR with CS5, this should get you up to speed rather quickly.

If the embedded video above isn’t working for some reason, you can also find the video over at Adobe TV.

Topaz Adjust 4

Topaz Adjust 4

Topaz Labs has updated the highly touted Photoshop plug-in, Topaz Adjust, to version 4.  The new version is available as a free upgrade to existing Topaz Adjust users.  Topaz Adjust 4 is available direct from Topaz Labs for $49.99 for new users.  A banner on the Topaz Labs website reveals that you can get 20% off Topaz Adjust 4 through March 15, 2010.  You can also download a free 30-day trial to take the plug-in for a spin before you buy it.

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