Posts Tagged With: HDR Tutorial

Elia Locardi in Sydney

Workshop + Photowalk – 10th Feb

screenshot4If you like HDR then you will Like Elia Locardi’s work. He runs a travel blog over at blamethemonkey.com and has some stunning images. Elia is running a digital blending workshop here in Sydney on the 10th Feb and then hosting a photowalk from the Opera House Steps at 5:30pm. The workshop has a fee of $60 but the photowalk is free to attend.

I have registered for his Digital Blending workshop, in 2 hours I am sure I will pick up a trick or two! If you’re interested in learning more about using photoshop this is a good value workshop – Elia has more info on his website HERE, I will also be attending the photowalk afterwards… To check out more info and register for his Photowalk CLICK HERE (you will need to be on Google Plus to register)

Today’s iCandy – The Great Wall

If you go to China, this is one place you have to visit… it was the highlight of the trip for me…

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I Updated my ‘Cameras’ Page

 Added camera’s past

Just a quick heads up… I have updated my camera’s page. It has a list of cameras that I am using, or have used in the past, I guess you can call them reviews, but I like to just call it giving you my opinion. I will add more info as time goes on so it’s a good time to check back every now and then to see if anything has changed!

Here is the link to the page about my Cameras

Todays iCandy – The Twisted Tree

I found this tree in the gardens surrounding Government house in Sydney. I just loved the way it was all ‘twisted’… It seemed to have grown into two trees and was huge… the sun was just poking through the leaves but the canopy on this tree was thick… making it the perfect shady spot on a warm day!

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Free HDR Tutorial

Create stunning HDR Photos

I have just finished putting together the final touches of my free online HDR tutorial. I believe this is the most comprehensive free HDR tutorial on the web… CLICK HERE to check it out. I re-worked an image I took on easter sunday 2012 with my D700 and documented step by step what I do to create a HDR photo. I hope you like it… feel free to share it around!

Here is the Before and After shots from the tutorial

HDR Before and After

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Using Topaz Adjust

make your images POP…

There is plenty of cool software and plugins out there, so many that you would need to stop feeding your children if you were going to buy them all… I was asked the question, “If you could only have one plugin for photoshop, what would it be?” – and this is a tough question, I have so many that I love… but in the end I decided on Topaz Adjust… I wrote an article on HDR One explaining exactly why I love this plugin so much and I even show you how I use it! CLICK HERE to go to the HDR One magazine and have a little peeky boo at the article!

If you want to get Topaz CLICK HERE and you will be re-directed to their site… enjoy!

Today’s iCandy – Sydney Opera House

This is the image I ended up with after I used Topaz Adjust… if you want to see how I did it, then you better click on the link above to the HDR One magazine and check it out!

Sydney Opera House

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HDR +

That’s what I’m calling it in 2013!

I have been tagged as a ‘HDR’ photographer, and I don’t mind that, as I do use HDR as part of my process… but… I think that people immediately make judgement when they hear those three letters… (HDR). And I understand why, I see it too, you know, the ugly HDR, the badly done, over saturated, halo heavy and noisy yucky HDR images that all beginners put out on the net… we all have to start somewhere. A photographer that has discovered HDR for the first time is like a kid with a new toy for Christmas, they’re excited and want to show off their new found tricks… unfortunately, the new tricks are not nice… they’re hard on the eye’s!

For 2013, I am going to forge forward with what I call, HDR+ … why? I hear you ask. Well, 2013 is the year that I share with you exactly how I create my images, and it is so much more than just HDR. I spend a lot of time working on each image to make them look so much better than what HDR software alone could produce, I use photoshop with various other plugins depending on what I am after… some images I can spend over an hour working on, others are a quick 5 to 10 minutes, it all depends on what I want to produce, what I remember from the scene and what story I want the image to tell. The great news is what I do is not hard, and you can do it too… my mission in 2013 is to help reduce the amount of ugly HDR on the web… and help you make your images pop… you don’t even need to use HDR, the techniques I use work just as well for any image!

So where do we start… I will be running a free online 1 hour post processing session in the coming weeks, during this session I will share my screen with you, and you will see exactly what I do from start to finish. You will see how I overcome some of the issues of HDR software and I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is… stay tuned for dates and times as it is going to be a fun session not to be missed… I hope you will join me!

Today’s iCandy – Coke is it!

I took this in the old Abandoned Dunlop/Slazenger factory. It has been empty for years and is quite un-nerving to wander around as you never know what may greet you around the next corner. I assume all the holes in the roof are from a huge hail storm at some stage… there is graffiti everywhere… and I mean EVERYWHERE! What I have been able to establish is that whilst graffiti artists are very creative… they’re extremely untidy people!

Coke Is It

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Trey Ratcliff Back in Australia

This time Trey headed to Melbourne

Last time Trey was here he held a photowalk in Sydney, there was a great turn up and it was great to meet Trey and have a chat with him. About a week ago he announced that he would fly into Sydney then drive to Melbourne for a photowalk, the photowalk was held last night and from what I can see from the images he had a great turn out there too! You can check out the images from his photowalk on G+ HERE.

Today’s iCandy – 541am

Last year I spent a lot of time on the northern beaches of Sydney, for 2013 I thought I would head to the eastern suburbs more often. This is my first visit to the Eastern Suburbs and I decided to head to Coogee. This is Coogee Baths, and it was forecast to be a real scorcher in Sydney with temp’s reaching 43c, it was no surprise that by 6am the beach was starting to fill up… anyway, this is one I took of the baths at 541am (according to the clock on the Surf Club…

541am

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It’s a washout

The weather gods don’t always play nice

Getting up at 4am to shoot the sunrise is never easy, I, like most of you, would prefer to stay in bed and push out a few more zzz’s, so there is nothing worse than when I get out of bed at 4am and heading somewhere for a sunrise shoot, and it is raining and yuck… that is exactly what happened to me this morning!

Today’s iCandy – A Rocky Start

I took this on one of those mornings, you know, the ones that are wet and yucky. It just shows you that sometimes you can get lucky, that even when it’s raining and cloudy the sun sometimes makes a brief appearance…

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Ken Duncan’s Christmas Message

My Christmas Wish sung by Gina Jeffreys

Ken Duncan, one of the many great photographers that inspire me has created this video, Merry Xmas!

Today’s iCandy – Opera Crystal

I took this back when Trey Ratcliff was in Sydney. He ran a photowalk here and whilst the weather looked gloomy, clouds always add something to an image. I used photomatix to process this one, if you want to buy photomatix for yourself, I have arranged a coupon for you to get 15% off. All you have to do is enter the code ‘ON3LEGS’ when you check out of the HDRsoft shopping cart and you automatically get the discount! They also have a free trial version so you can try before you buy if you’re not sure… have fun!

Opera Crystal

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A Dose of Reality

Reality Show for Photographers

They have reality show’s for cooks, tattoo artists, singers, performers, designers… why not for photographers (has this been done and I just missed it?) – I am working on this as project for 2013, and rather than it being held on TV, it will all be web based… the public will vote and over 10 weeks, 10 of the finest photographers will battle it out for the number one spot. So here is my first shout out… I need sponsors to make it happen, although winning should be awesome enough, winning a prize will make it even more awesome! If you are keen on talking to me about getting involved (i.e.. giving me stuff to give away) then leave a comment here or shoot me an email at bfewtrell @ me dot com (of course, remove all of the spaces and use a REAL dot!) – if you are a photographer wanting to take part… stay tuned for your entry kit.

Today’s iCandy – QVB

I had heard that you get told off for using a tripod in the QVB, then I read a post from another photographer saying how nice it was they did not seem to care he was using his tripod… so I thought, why not! The whole time I wandered around the QVB no one bothered me about my tripod… it was nice!

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Fuji X-E1 v’s Sony NEX-6

A head to head battle…

I was hoping to do a comparison between the NEX 7 and the X-E1 as I know many people are wondering how they compare. Now Sony has released the NEX 6, the specs of this camera are very close to the specs of the Fuji X-E1 but can it come close to the image quality that Fuji has created?

The Camera Store TV has put these two cameras head to head in the Fuji XE-1 vs Sony NEX-6 Shootout…

Today’s iCandy – Up…or Down?

I worked on this one for a while, and I did a lot more than I would normally do… sometimes I get inspired and carried away when I am processing a photo and use a bit of creative license. I usually have my iTunes playing in the background and just get into a rhythm and in most cases, something good pops out the other end. I don’t normally share any before pics with you, but today I am going to so you can play spot the difference, Here you will see that sometimes, Photomatix doesn’t do a great job… I ended up not using the photomatix image in my final version and just used Photoshop and Topaz Adjust to create the final image. I have also included my “the aliens are coming” version of the pic below (I have no idea what possessed me to make an aliens version… maybe it was the aliens!) – So… that only leaves the question… is this lift going up, or down?

The Before Photo

This is after I had used Photomatix to create my HDR image

This is after I had used Photomatix to create my HDR image

And After…

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And of course… the one the Aliens made me do…

The Aliens are coming....

The Aliens are coming….

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