10 years ago, it was commonplace to see extreme HDR tone-mapped images all over the photographic community. Between cameras with better sensors and a change in tastes, HDR isn’t all that noticeable anymore. This week, we look at the role HDR plays in our own photography and the techniques we use when processing our images.
Did you know that with a little tweaking, you can extract tremendous dynamic range from single RAW files in Adobe Lightroom without using HDR? The trick is to take advantage of Lightroom’s Camera Calibration panel. There, you set the initial tone curve of your image (contrast & color). By using a low-contrast tone curve, you can recover more highlight and shadow details than by using sliders alone. If you use Nikon DSLRs, you can choose the “Camera Flat” profile to get more dynamic range. If you don’t have a Nikon camera, you can create your own custom profile with a linear tone curve by using the Adobe DNG Profile Editor. My video above will show you how.
Join me February 6th, 2016 for special tripod access to photograph the amazing vehicle collection at the Forney Museum of Transportation, followed by a hands-on HDR image processing workshop where we will process our images together.
The Forney Museum of Transportation has a wonderful collection of 600 historical transportation artifacts, including antique cars, motorcycles, and the famous Union Pacific “Big Boy” steam locomotive #4005. There is even a car once owned by Amelia Earhart on display and a huge collection of classic Indian motorcycles.
In this workshop, we’ll have exclusive tripod access before the museum opens to the public. Normally, tripods are not permitted in the museum. After the shooting session, we will download and process HDR images and I will teach you the best practices for HDR photography and post-processing.