Monthly Archives: February 2013

HDR Pro in Photoshop CS6 – Using ACR

Photoshop CS6I’ve never been a fan of making HDRs in Photoshop; other programs like Photomatix and Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 were just simpler and just had much better results. So when I upgraded to Adobe Photoshop CS6  ® a few months ago ( Which I absolutely LOVE), I have to be honest, I really didn’t even take much more than a cursory look at its improved HDR module. 

But I thought, if I’m going to talk and teach HDR I need to look at all the tools out there. Not everyone will have the same tools and they may need advice on using a different one. 

So I went back to explore HDR Pro in Photoshop CS6. ®

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Twilight – Nature’s HDR

13_MG_3603-TI’m often amused when I shoot the sunset and there are other photographers around. As soon as the sun dips below the horizon line, they fold their tripods and pack up their gear and head home. Sometimes it’s when I just start shooting.

Twilight is a wonderful time…sometimes.  It really can be seen and used well in the desert, especially the low desert that is surrounded by mountains. When you shoot around mountains, the twilight period is extended by 1/2 to a full hour because the sun will set behind the mountains, but still has not set below the horizon.

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HDR does not = Light

We get caught up sometimes thinking HDR is the cure all to everything. No matter the situation, shooting HDR will make it all better. But it simply does not. HDR allows you to capture the light our eyes can see and possibly our cameras can’t but it does not turn bad light to good. 

This was hammered back in my head once again two weeks ago as I was out in Joshua Tree NP on a shoot. A friends I was traveling with called me over to see an area he was looking over down into the valley. It was a beautiful scene in front of me, but quite honestly the light sucked. It was an hour too late to shoot that area and no good light was getting down into the rock outcroppings, just a small area of great golden hour light was hitting the peak of one of those rock formations. 

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onOne Perfect B & W

onOne Perfect B & W 

Black and White is HOT right now. It’s gained back some of the popularity it had when I was shooting film with a lot of new photographers discovering the beauty of it. Even if they may not know or remember the smell, feel and nuances of Darkroom development of Black & White, they are loving the look of it in their digital images. 

But a lot of people new to Black & White conversions are very confused by the multitudes of ways to convert their color images to Monotone in their editing software of choice. So many are turning to Third party plug-in software to help and simplify that process. With those plug-ins having many presets it makes it easy for people unfamiliar with the process to quickly find a style and look they desire. It could be accomplished traditionally in Photoshop or Lightroom but it tends to take a lot of experience, time and learning. 

So I thought I would look this week at a recent new release in onOne’s very popular Perfect Photo Suite 7.1; onOne’s Perfect B & W 

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