HDR Inspiration

HDR is a technique that allows the camera, and software, to create an image with a tonal range that is similar to human vision. That’s why they are so incredible to view- we weren’t used to seeing all that detail. The trick is finding the right subject and the right lighting.

These photographs are great examples of HDR at work.

kannesteinen by Christoph Schaarschmidt
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Holy Light by Laurent Jack
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Sunrise at Mesa Arch by Gerhard Korts
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Inside Church by Karsten Werner
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Alone by Antonio Bernardino Coelho
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Inside Abandoned Buildings

For this contest I would like to see your photographs of the inside of abandoned buildings which you have explored but have been forgotten. Please only show the inside of buildings that have been abandoned, not maintained ruins. The dirtier, creepier, and more forgotten, the better. Also, please make sure your photographs are taken inside the building.

Waiting for the builders
by Neil Gosling
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“Dodgem Car”
by Patrick Reilly
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Ruined chateau
by Forgotten Heritage
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Days Gone By
by Jacquie Matechuk
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by wunderbilder
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Inside Abandoned Buildings
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Yes! This book is about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. And you are going to love the extraordinary results of HDR techniques. But keep in mind that photography is photography—no matter what you call your approach or delivery. That’s why this book begins with tips that will not only help your HDR techniques; they will improve all of your photography. So you will not find any HDR tech talk in this Preface. You’ll fnd it in the other chapters; but for now, let’s focus on the basics of photography. To illustrate my tips, I use some of my favorite pictures of vintage cars (and one truck) that I shot during my travels. You’ll learn how to create similar HDR images in this book, so stay with me here.

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Rick Sammon’s HDR photography secrets for digital photographers
Breathtaking detail. Spectacular contrast. Unbelievable texture. These are all hallmarks of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. When you learn the secrets of how to shoot, process, and display HDR images, you’ll understand why master photographer Rick Sammon calls it “magical” — and you’ll also know why he says it’s a ton of fun. Ready to get started?
• See the color, direction, and quality of the light as well as the contrast
• Learn the secrets of HDR by exploring dozens of before-and-after examples
• Discover how to avoid digital noise and chromatic aberrations
• Find out when you should NOT use HDR – and why
• Learn to process HDR images with Photomatix and enhance them even more with Adobe* Camera RAW and Photoshop*
• Explore the tricks possible with Exposure Fusion
• Build your composing and visualizing skills
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Tweak Your Canon DSLR with Magic Lantern

Tweak Your Canon DSLR with Magic Lantern
c’t Digital Photography – Fall 2015

Focus Stacking, Trap Focus and Magic Zoom are all features that some Canon cameras have but that you can’t use unless you unlock them using the free Magic Lantern firmware add-on. A clever piece of software that incorporates a host of additional photo and video functions for a range of Canon DSLRs (and the mirrorless EOS M), it is simple to install, use and uninstall. This article explains how.

MagicLantern09aFocus Stacking
Macro photography gives you insights into fascinating and almost endless worlds of new and exciting subjects. However, all macro photographers have to deal with extremely shallow depth of field, a problem that can only be moderately alleviated by stopping the aperture down. Magic Lantern’s Stack Focus function provides a useful solution to this well-known problem.

MagicLantern09bTrap Focus, Focus Peak and Magic Zoom
Focus stacking requires patience, a stationary subject and an autofocus lens. The manual lenses, bellows units and reversing rings often required for macro photography make automated focus stacking impossible. But never fear – Magic Lantern has solutions for situations like these too.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques come into play when the range of contrast in a subject exceeds the dynamic range of the camera’s image sensor. If you capture a conventional image of such a high-contrast subject, some shadow and/or highlight detail will be lost.

MagicLantern09d MagicLantern09eHave you ever been annoyed to discover that some of the features built in to your Canon DSLR have been disabled by the manufacturer for some inexplicable reason? Well fret no more! A group of clever programmers has discovered a back door unintentionally left open by Canon’s engineers that makes it possible to enhance your camera’s feature set to include functions it was never intended to have.

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c’t Digital Photography – Fall 2015
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