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Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow


Custer State Park, SD. 5-shot HDR processed in HDR Efex Pro and Capture NX 2 (Click to enlarge).

Periodically, I like to go through my old images and re-process them; it’s one of the great benefits of shooting in RAW. Being able to work with my old images in new software really opens up some options that I didn’t even consider at the time I made the shot. I captured this image in 2005 while on a photo safari in South Dakota. At the time, I was shooting a new Nikon D2x camera and I had just gotten my 17-55mm f/2.8 AFS DX zoom Nikkor lens. I also had just upgraded to Photoshop CS2, which had a new feature: “Merge to HDR.” I thought HDR could be a cool thing to learn, so I shot a lot of bracketed exposure sequences during this 5-day trip. Many of them were uninspiring. Others, I found difficult if not impossible to process, and so I just processed the best exposure in the sequence with traditional techniques (that’s the nice thing about bracketing– you’ll always have at least one “normal” exposure).

The one thing I didn’t do, however, was delete the other exposures from the bracketed sequence. They’ve just been sitting on one of my 1TB hard drives, waiting for me to give them a second chance. Fast forward to 2011, and now HDR tools have progressed to the point where you can get great results quickly and easily. So, yesterday I went back and re-processed the HDR sequence in HDR Efex Pro and Capture NX 2, and I was quite pleased! Here’s what was in the new technology that I couldn’t get in 2005. Continue reading Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Online Workshop: Nik HDR Efex Pro

Under the Manhattan Bridge underpass (Click to enlarge)

Join me for a two-hour live online class on Nik Software’s exciting new plug-in, HDR Efex Pro.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010
Time: 3-5pm EST
Location: Virtual (you’ll see my computer screen live and will be able to ask me questions directly via teleconference)

Click here to register (limited to 15 students!)

In this class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of HDR and how the Nik plug-in functions, including:

  • HDR Efex Pro Interface
  • Global Adjustments and Tone Compression
  • HDR Methods
  • Local Adjustments with Control Points
  • Finishing Adjustments
  • Workflow options

You can download a free trial version of HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software, and if you’re in the USA you can save 15% off your online purchase by using discount code JODELL at checkout.