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…]
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.
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.
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 Amazon.com.
Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro, which was announced in August, is now available for purchase/download. [Read more…]
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.
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.
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!]