I am speaking to the Newport Photo Guild on September 17th at 7:00PM at the Newport Art Museum about the “Magic of HDR” . Now the funny thing about it is that it has very little to do with “magic”, it involves forethought and planning to get it just right. There is a lot of work that goes into making a good looking HDR file and this should not be under stated. Many photographers are pursuing this and for a number of reasons that range from the simple math of expanding the dynamic range of a scene all the way to those who enjoy the painterly grungy look to their photos. There are too many stops between these two ends to mention, but rest assured this can be a very time consuming and labor intensive process that involves good workflow practices and software/hardware knowledge to get what you desire. Let’s stop right there – “your desire” – let’s, for a moment, forget about the technical aspects of pulling something like this off and get down the ladder to the first rung before you start your climb – “desire” Seems simply, but oh it is not. Sometimes this can represent a very specific idea or just a broad stroke that you want to see what can be done later – but either way something is drawing you here – what is it?
HDR and tone mapping have come quite far and has found itself as a very respectable and sometimes outrageous technique with such a huge variety of interpretations. I have watched HDR from it’s infancy to where it is today and am thankful that I stayed with the growth of it all and have a good working knowledge of how it is done. I hope you can put aside a small amount of time to join me on September 17th at the Newport Art Museum to discuss some of the aspects of this wonderful technique.
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Chromatic Flight

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