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Weekly Update – Contest, HDR, and Inspiration

Hi everyone! I wanted to start the week by tying up a few loose ends from last week. So here goes:

1) First off, the contest. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who watched the video. Apparently you guys like these casual videos so hopefully we’ll be able to get more of them up. Now… the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the winner of the book IS…… Chris Kocher from Thanks to everyone for participating.

2) Our HDR crusade from earlier this week was indeed heard. I heard from the folks over at HDRsoft this morning and they did read all of your comments. It seemed very well received but it was difficult for them to give me a definite answer. From what I can gather, they’re very far along the development process of the 3.1 version of the product. I can totally relate to that. Having been in the software business some years ago, we always had to put a “enough is enough” final date on adding new things to the software. I hadn’t realized they were so far into the development cycle for version 3.1, but they are. They also let me know that it is definitely something that is well on their radar and thanked all of the contributors here for making them aware of this feature’s importance.

So, here’s my take is this. When version 3.1 ships you’ll either, a) See a blog post from me celebrating the automatic re-import of the HDR processed file or most likely, b) See a video from me having to explain the process of re-importing the processed HDR file once you’re done with Photomatix and getting it into the same folder, etc. Hey… I can’t complain – it’s job security right? 🙂

3) Start your week off with some inspiration. First, check out Red Leaf Studios photography. Mostly wedding and portrait stuff but I’m really digging the use of natural light.
Also, I’m heading off to Bar Harbor, Maine on Wednesday this week to teach my GAPW workshop. As I always do, I did some research on places to shoot and came across this photography portfolio by Greg Hartford. There’s some very nice stuff and if you look closely enough, I’m pretty sure there’s a decent amount of HDR processing going on (subtle though, not the surreal sci-fi effect).

That’s it for Monday. I’ll talk you again later this week.



  1. John T. 15 October, 2008 at 11:38 Reply

    To Debbie:

    Split your catalog into two catalogs or maybe even three catalogs. A catalog of 4,000 images is over the limit of what that version of LR can handle effectively. Also, be sure to optimize the catalogs when they start acting strangely.

    Hope this helps,

  2. adrian 15 October, 2008 at 02:04 Reply

    hey matt, thanks for sharing the link on red leaf photography. i’m planning to go do some event photography and weddings sure seem like the way to go these days. red leaf’s pictures are very inspirational.

    adrian from

  3. Richard Hales 14 October, 2008 at 03:12 Reply

    Hi Matt

    Loved the Red Light website (must say the music could do with an off switch) and it has given me lots of ideas and enthusiasm. Could you (and this is a bit cheeky) work out a LR pre-set like their paper texture and antique ageing ones?

  4. Debbie R.Sloan 13 October, 2008 at 16:52 Reply

    Matt, I’m a new user to lightroom and I have the last version before Lightroom 2 came out. In my libary it shows that I have over 4,000 images and that’s about what I have loaded so far however, it will not show me the images any more it is only showing the number of photos that should be in the libary. The software only displays a thumbnail of the current images being imported. Help!!! What can I do to get all of the images to show within the lightroom libary.
    Thanks for you response and much need help!

  5. Seim Effects 13 October, 2008 at 14:39 Reply

    That great the HDRsoft responded. I’m sure they’ll get those features in before long. And Either way you can do a video.

    I love HDR. we have a whole category for it on Pro Photo Show and I can’t get enough. Speeding it up and adding better workflow to it is just what it needs.


  6. Tom Coplen 13 October, 2008 at 11:21 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for all of the great tips, help and inspiration! I have a question about last weeks post where you referenced the photomatrix importing problems. I just installed the enfuse plugin and am having a similar problem; the “enfused” image is supposed to pop up in the library module after being processed right next to the master images but this is not occurring. The final image is in the catalogue and you can find it by keyword but that is the only way and it is a bit cumbersome. Any thoughts?

  7. Michael Bravo 13 October, 2008 at 11:11 Reply

    Nice photography at Red Leaf, but frankly, websites with music on frontpage, which you can’t turn off, too, are more than a bit annoying.

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