HDR, Shoe Mount Flash, and Digital Camera Haters

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Tutorial

Photoshop Support has a High Dynamic Range Tutorial using Photoshop CS3, but not using the HDR tool.  HDR requires 3 images and this only requires 2 — one for the highlights and one for the shadows.  The technique outlined is also supposed to give better mid-tone ranges than the Merge to HDR command.  Sometimes I’ll use a method similar to this, but with one photo.  I’ll just process the same RAW file twice — once for highlights and once for shadows.  Then I’ll merge the two of them for better results than I would have had just processing the one image.

Mounting Your Flash IN a Shoe

The Strobist has a good DIY-type of post for making a Light Stand in a Pinch: Your Shoe.  You kind of laugh at first, but then you realize that it’s super smart.  My flash has a little stand that clips into the bottom so it can stand up on its own, but I don’t always carry it with me.  So I may actually end up using this one sometime.

Digital Camera Killer

Over at Mostly Photography, there’s a post on Why Digital Cameras Should Be Outlawed.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, but I’m in full disagreement.  The main argument behind this is that people take too many pictures because it’s affordable.  SO WHAT!?!  I have over 18,000 photos just from the last 4 years — and I love every one of them.  Then again, 90% of them are of my kids.  But even so, I don’t see anything wrong with taking over 300 photos in one outing — I’m the one that has to deal with them!  Ugh.

Photo of the Day…

Shattered Wall Graffiti

Photo by Brian Auer
03/05/07 Neuchatel, Switzerland
Shattered Wall Graffiti
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Konica Minolta AF DT 18-200
75mm equiv * f/4.5 * 1/30s * ISO100

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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

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