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June 3, 2013 at 3:48 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0


By Dayton from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Cinema Secrets Blog Series

As the waning light fades, darkness starts to envelop the landscape. The mission, simple, yet difficult: a photograph needs to be published at the end of the day. The lighting is perfect, the framing impeccable, the photographer presses the shutter release and the photo is taken in all its majestic glory and beauty!

As the photographer reviews the moment he just captured, something is amiss. The subject is gorgeously lit, boasting stunning detail and contrast, but the surrounding panorama is so dark, so lifeless! All the detail that should be taken from the landscape is simply not there, and the sunlight is slowly but surely receding into the night! Deadlines don't wait to play catch-up, and the flight back home leaves tomorrow! What does our heroic photographer do!?

With deadly efficiency, out comes the tripod. After 4 clicks and a twist, the camera is secured and the subject is again targeted. With seconds of decent light remaining, 3 clicks of a DSLR echo through the valley. The photo most likely looked like THIS.


I love HDR photography! I am not incredibly experienced with it, nor am I that super awesome at it yet, but I love it anyway. I wanted to write a little bit about how I am starting to integrate HDR photography into my videography and how I am using it just for funzies.

What I absolutely love about HDR is the sheer flexibility of what the photo can look like. Look at this cool picture that I took in the IT office this afternoon, it's just a LINUX penguin, but the color and detail that surround him are awesome!

Keeping in mind that the photo above is basically unedited (as far as constructive purposes are concerned), it shows how cool an HDR photo can make anything look! That is just a desk with a penguin on it in very run-of-the-mill office lighting. The bokeh is luscious and saturated and the reflections look fantastic. I merged this picture in Photomatix Pro.

This is a picture that I took of my cube, the colors and contrast really jump out at you and the detail in the shadows is wonderful.

Granted, HDR photography is an art that is mastered typically with the use of awesome cameras and an intense amount of experience. HDR really shines when it is taken outside. Let me show you how us regular folk can use HDR!

Cool Apps

Everyone has an Instagram, right? You can take pictures of whatever you happen to be doing at any given time and post it to all your friends and it's magic. With HDR, you can Instagram like a boss. Let me show you.

This is a picture that I took right outside my office and then tweaked and tweaked and then edited a bit :P!

Though this picture took a little bit longer to make than the average instagram, it looks super cool! The apps that I used were called HDR by Lucky Clan and an effects app called SnapSeed. When I first was exposed to these apps, I quickly thought past the insta-application of such a duo to that of the Nokia Lumia 928.

The Lumia is a new smartphone that runs the newest Windows 8 software, and is apparently is a really sucky smartphone. The big push that I have noticed in their advertising is the awesomeness that is supposed to be the camera on this thing. The commercials show HDR-looking photos in dark settings and then contrasting them to the single-exposure competitor photos. Though the camera on the Lumia does look enticing, I don't even know if it utilizes a single exposure or multi exposure technique to get such a high dynamic range. When I discovered this $1.99 app to make an HDR, it basically took the marketing ploy of Nokia/Microsoft and took a huge steaming dump on it. Why? Because I can get awesome HDR pics on my iPhone now! (I realize there is a built in function for this, but it's meh at best.) 

My first EVER

Earlier I stated how I integrated my HDR photography into my videography. The specific project that I was referencing is HERE. I think HDR looks great in a stop frame capacity, the only issue is that traditionally captured HDR pictures cannot possibly make a traditionally made stop frame. The solution? Well, quite frankly I don't know other than a lot of starting and stopping. Stop frame animation is a freaking pain anyway.

Hope you enjoyed the read! HAPPY FILMING!!!!!! :D

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  • That place you work at has amazing clouds and a derelict looking parking lot.

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