HDR Doesn’t Suck Anymore. (Well, it Doesn’t Have to, Anyway).
Jun24

HDR Doesn’t Suck Anymore. (Well, it Doesn’t Have to, Anyway).

Remember when HDR images all pretty much looked like this? I had to go download a trial copy of Photomatix Pro 6 to get this classic look (ahem), that we saw so often at the birth of HDR photography. Oh wait, I forgot the heavy Vignette. Today, HDR (processed in Lightroom) looks like this (below): Even Photomatix Pro 6 now has a bunch of presets that look more realistic and normal (though sadly they did keep some presets like the one...

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What The HDR Auto Button Does
Jun17

What The HDR Auto Button Does

Hi, folks — and greetings from London. I’m still on vacation (day 13), and my son Jordan is with me, but we’re heading home today). I have a ton to share from the trip (which started in Paris), — lots of great stories and plenty of pics, but I’ll have to cover that on another day. I did but want to let you know where I’ve been and why I’ve been missing in action here on the blog the past week or so. Today...

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How to Recover Shadows and Highlights Like a Pro—A Guide to Maximizing Details for Any Photograph Using Aurora HDR
Mar28

How to Recover Shadows and Highlights Like a Pro—A Guide to Maximizing Details for Any Photograph Using Aurora HDR

We’ve all faced the same problem: photographs that lack contrast; images where the shadows and highlights look flat and the details are muddy. While the problem is common, the solutions are many. In this article, I want to show you several easy fixes (using built-in tools) — including some uncommon ones — that you should explore.

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Follow-Up To Last Monday’s “Shocking Truth About Lightroom’s HDR” Post
Aug13

Follow-Up To Last Monday’s “Shocking Truth About Lightroom’s HDR” Post

Hi, gang, and happy Monday. I have a follow-up to my post from last Monday titled, “The Shocking Truth About Lightroom’s HDR” (link) after hearing from Adobe’s Lightroom team regarding my post. They noted there are several reasons for the sharper HDR results I was getting from Photoshop’s HDR Pro in 32-bit mode and some disadvantages to using Photoshop to merge your HDR images that I did not mention in my...

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How to Create an HDR Panorama in Lightroom
Aug10

How to Create an HDR Panorama in Lightroom

Hi, gang. After Monday’s post about HDR, I’ve already had the question a couple of times about how to create an HDR Pano. Luckily, it’s easier than you’d think (and I had a video I created for the blog last year that explains the process). Here ya go: Hope you find that helpful. One week from today, I’m in Washington DC with my Lightroom seminar Come spend the day with me. Tickets and info here. Have a...

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Lightroom Start to Finish Project: Atlanta Falcon’s Wide Angle New Stadium Shot
Oct02

Lightroom Start to Finish Project: Atlanta Falcon’s Wide Angle New Stadium Shot

Hi Gang: I got the opportunity to shoot the Atlanta Falcon’s new home: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and I posted the images, behind-the-shots, and the story of teh shoot, and pics from that game that night, over on Adobe Spark (here’s the link). Anyway, I had a number of people ask how I did the post processing, so I did the video below — taking you from the RAW out of camera image to the final image. Hope you found that...

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