Last Saturday (July 23), I got the opportunity to go hang out with 3 classic Dodge Challengers and a Pontiac Trans Am on a drive up to Kirkwood ski resort for a photo shoot. 2 of the Challengers were green (one of which was a convertible), and the 3rd was purple, and the Trans Am was blue with white stripe… beautiful cars, and great photography subjects. We met up at Jackson Rancheria, and made the drive up to Kirkwood where we took photos along the way.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography can be a touchy subject with some photographers. There are some who don’t care for it at all, there are some who use it frequently and the range in between. Some photographers seem to get offended when they see the ‘overly-processed’ and dreamy look that some people end up using on their HDR images. Personally, I am not a fan of the overly processed HDR with the ‘halo effect’ .. but that’s not to say it’s wrong. As HDR becomes more popular, there are more resources available to photographers to learn the process. See some of the links below for some great resources:
- And, be sure to check out Flickr groups as well for inspiration.
As far as what applications/programs to use for HDR, Photomatix Pro was one of the first ones to offer a lot of adjustments and customization. There’s another application by Nik Software which is getting positive feedback as well – HDR Efex Pro. Both offer plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. I’ve used Photomatix Pro for all my HDR stuff, but the Nik product looks pretty good too, based on the free trial I’m playing with.
The key with HDR processing is to play around with it.. play with the settings and see what happens.. and have fun with it!