I’m just back from teaching a week long workshop at Maine Media Workshops, where I had a class full of energetic, talented, and dauntless students. It poured rain EVERY day of the workshop, but my crew was tireless in making the most of the situation. I learned a lot from them, and will pass on a few of those things in upcoming posts.
In the meantime, I wanted to get something patriotic, albeit late, up for the holidays, and this truck was by the side of the road as I drove home today (and, of course, since Murphy rules the universe and the workshop was over, the weather naturally turned gorgeous!).
Now, I know I’m probably the last photo blogger on the internet to post an HDR image, or at least something resembling one, but I’m sharing this truck pic as an illustration of the pitfalls when a software-challenged, reality-based editorial shooter who got “D’s” in art starts messing with reality!
I know this about myself, but in another example of the triumph of hope over experience, I recently forked over for two programs to mess with HDR, Photomatix Pro and Topaz Adjust , and swore to myself that, by god, one day I might even learn to use them. Right now, I just move the sliders up and down like a chimp playing with levers in a cognitive lab test and it’s fun, not to mention time consuming.
Just what I need, especially since most of my clients won’t touch a heavily manipulated image. But I wanted to see what all the HDR fun was about.
Actually, Photomatix has an “Exposure Blend” mode which is like a more reality-based HDR, combining images of different exposures in a very real-looking, as opposed to “HDR-cranked,” way and could actually be a useful tool for taming contrast in certain situations.
In fact, a good buddy of mine, the great, Philly-based AP shooter George Widman, recently used this mode on a commercial shoot for a hotel, and raved about the ability to get inside/outside detail in room shots without using lights. After seeing his results, and how natural they looked, I’m going to give Exposure Blending, if not HDR, the old college try. I’ll keep you posted….