Like it or not, most of us haven't taken the time to learn to draw. Washing dishes, scrubbing floors, chasing kids, and making a living can crowd that out. If you're anything like me, you've tried to use photographs to make portraits or other artwork in one way or another, whether it's with an opaque projector and a pencil in a darkened room up against the wall like we did in high school in the dark ages, or with a tablet and a monitor in the modern age. Frankly, most art programs just, well, look like you let the computer do it, and it's not so pretty, unless you really invest some time messing with it. Every once in awhile, though, you find a really good tutorial that has a method that really works and that someone was kind enough to share. I found one of those this morning while listening to Amy Winehouse radio on Pandora and wandering around Pinterest looking for DIY project ideas I'll probably never finish. You'll find it here at Digital Image Magazine, which is 'on hiatus' but has over 180 articles to inspire you. I have to say this technique is not one I would have ever thought of by myself because some of the settings are pretty counter-intuitive, as the author of the article also says. The author also freely admits that he didn't make it up either, he's just sharing what he found 'on the intertubes'. 🙂 So I'll add to the sharing that is the wonder of the internet. Enjoy... and if you create something really cool, come back and share it. 🙂 This is what I ended up with.Very nice method, good results!
HDR, or High Dynamic Range imaging is a way of being able to portray what your eye actually sees in a scene, rather than the limited view that a camera can handle. Usually using a tripod you take several exposures of the scene that are then combined by software and with some tweaking to add detail to shadows and highlights that wouldn't otherwise be portrayed in a photograph. Problem is, how do you know where your starting exposure and ending exposure are quickly and easily when you get your images downloaded at home? If you're like me, you take a ton of pictures of one particular scene at various apertures, etc. In order to tell what's what you don't necessarily want to have to check the EXIF data for the aperture of every picture in order to see which ones go together to be merged. Unless you're an overachiever, then have at it. I'd rather clean stalls. Long story short, get your hand in front of the camera when you start your series of exposures. Put your left hand in front of the camera before the start, put your right in your line of view when you're done. Easy peasy. Like this: I picked up this tip from one of the photography books I'm always scouring, and it solved the whole problem, quick and easy! The book was The New Complete Guide to Night and Low Light Photography by Lee Frost. The link will take you straight to where Amazon sells it if you want to pick up a copy. 🙂 Have fun, keep shooting!