So why HDR? You can ask yourself all day….. but instead I’ll tell you why, and give you a blaring example of…WHY!
When I first joined Redbubble.com I was floored by the amazing photographers I was surrounded by. It was frustrating, here I was with my camera and no idea how everyone had such great pictures… where were mine? 12 years of photography, 10 years of Photoshop experience, and a Bachelor’s in Fine Art… where were my epic pictures? I needed to know how they did it and what I was doing wrong. I am the jealous artist, I always have been. In college I used to single the best artist out in my class and strive to do better than them, even if it meant 13 hours a day in the studio. Turns out I singled the best artist out and ended up doing my Senior show with him, Rick Davies, a great painter with an intense control of paint and atmospheric layering effects.
After scanning a couple of Redbubblers, I found the three letters that would change my life forever….HDR!!! No three letters go so well together, HDR, High Dynamic Range. I ordered three books off of amazon.com and read, and read, and read, until my brain was a sponge sopping wet with HDR knowledge. I grabbed my camera and said, “Let’s Do This!”
Auto Bracket…Check, Tripod….Check, Cable Shutter Release….Check, Beautiful California Landscape…. Check! I processed the images in Photomatix Pro, and there it was, love at first sight. HDR has become a way of life for me. I want you to experience it like I did, and more importantly, I want you to have the ability to do it too. I will give you all of the knowledge necessary to do it. Get yourself an HDR toolbox, I am going to help you fill it!
Here are 5 quick reasons of WHY HDR? and an example! We will get into more reasons at greater length later. Let this soak in!
- Precise Detail
- Impeccable Light
- Life-like Texture
- Capture what YOU see, not what your sensor sees
- and the most technical reason, it just looks so cool!