HDR Photography Workshop Using Nik – Forney Transportation Museum

Join photographer Jason Odell for a comprehensive high dynamic range (HDR) photography workshop where you’ll get to use both your camera and your computer. We’ll be photographing the extensive antique vehicle collection at the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver.

We’ll start by learning the fundamentals of setting up your camera for HDR, and then we’ll capture our own images for use later on in the day. We’ll then return to the classroom where Jason will show you how to process your HDR captures using the latest tool from Nik Software, HDR Efex Pro 2, to create a variety of creative image styles.

You’ll learn how and where to make the necessary adjustments to your images to produce everything from super-clean HDR to surreal scenes that seem to defy reality. After you learn how to tone-map your images, Jason will also cover common finishing effects to make your images look their very best.

What you’ll need:
Camera, lens(es), & tripod
Laptop computer with HDR Efex Pro 2 Software: You can download a free trial version of Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2 here: http://www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro/usa/index.php

Class Info:

The Forney Transportation Museum opens to the public at 9:00. They will be opening at 8:00 for us to use our tripods. Be there at 8:00 so as not to miss being able to capture a few good images to process with Jason later.

Fee is $75 for the workshop, including early admission to this wonderful museum.  Registration on the Front Range Photography Meetup Website.

About the Instructor:

Jason P. Odell became interested in photography when he received his first camera, a Kodak Ektralite 10, in elementary school. He routinely experimented in his mother’s home darkroom and was occasionally allowed to borrow her Nikkormat EL SLR. Jason continued his passion for photography throughout high school, where he was a photographer and editor of the school yearbook.

Jason studied biology at UCLA and later earned his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside. While studying, his field biology work took him to the island of Trinidad, West Indies, where he developed a passion for photographing birds and other wildlife. Jason’s doctoral adviser was also an avid nature photographer, so trips to the field always involved packing cameras and lenses.Jason taught at the university level for eight years and has a passion for education.

In 2004, Jason established Luminescence of Nature Photography, dedicated to outdoor photography and photographic education. In addition to writing, he conducts field photography workshops and software training classes for photographers around the world.

Jason is the former co-host of the biweekly photography podcast, The Image Doctors, which aired on iTunes from 2005-2011.

Jason is the author of numerous digital books on photography, including:

The Photographer’s Guide to Capture NX (2006)
The Photographer’s Guide to Capture NX2(2008)
The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro (2009)
The Photographer’s Guide to Digital Landscapes (2010)
The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro (2010, with Tony Sweet)
The Phographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro 2 (2011)
Field Notes: A Photographic Journey(2011)
The Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon 1 V1/J1 (2012)
The Photographer’s Guide to Color Efex Pro 4(2012)
The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 (2012)

All of Jason’s eBooks are available through Luminescence of Nature Press™
Jason currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jason shoots with Nikon cameras and lenses.

Jason P. Odell, Ph.D.
Luminescence of Nature Photography

HDR Workshop ~ by Council

Council will be holding a workshop on High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). While the name “High Dynamic Range Imaging” may sound complicated, at the photographer’s level, it’s not very complex. All that’s needed are a scene with a wide amount of light intensity, a tripod and a digital camera. While the best results will be obtained by capturing RAW images, cameras that can only capture in JPG format can be used to get good results.

The first classroom session will be on Feb. 11 from 7 p.m. to about 9 p.m. and will tell the participants how to take photos for HDRI and present the options for post-processing. There will be field trips that will be announced at the first classroom session. The field trips will include both indoors shoots and outdoors shoots. The second classroom session will be on Mar. 12 from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. where the instructors will help the participants process their images.

The cost for photographers who are members of clubs in Council is $10. For those who are not members of Council’s clubs the cost is $20. To register, send an e-mail to your club’s Council Rep with the subject “HDR Workshop”.

Recipes from the Charles Lehman Presentation

Here are some recipes from last night’s presentation by Charles Lehman

1. Simple Blending

The presentation was a somewhat simple approach to a process for getting details in the highlights and shadows. I have used this process for several years and have only recently started using Photomatix for HDR. Still, when I am shooting events, candid images, or just do not have a tripod with me, I generally still use this technique for getting more from an image. I also use this technique when there is a lot of movement when I am shooting and for snow scenes. I think that snow scenes processed with this technique just look better than through Photomatix.

The process is simple. Take an image shot in RAW. Open it in a RAW converter and add + exposure compensation to get more detail in the shadows. Save this image as a TIFF file, 16 bit (important) and name it file A (or add an a to the name). Then, while the file is still open, move the exposure compensation down to get more detail in the highlights. Sometimes you may have to drop it to -2 stops. Save the file now as file B. Close the image and your RAW converter. You now have two more files from that image, file A and File B.

Open file B in Photoshop. Under the Select Menu choose All or do a Control-A (Hold down the Control Key and press A). Then under the Edit menu select Copy or do a Control-C. Close the image (Control-W).

Now open file A. Under the Edit Menu select Paste or do a Control-V. You will notice that the darker image, file B, has been pasted over File A and a layer has been created in the Layers Palette. Add a mask to that layer (you can do this by clicking the mask icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette).

Next, click your mouse in the Background Layer, the bottom layer. Do a Control-A (Select All) and then a Control-C (Copy). Now, hold down the Alt Key and click your mouse inside the mask that you created. The mask turns white. Do a Control-V (Paste). You now have a black and white mask in the mask window. Go under the Filter Menu, select Blur, Gaussian Blur, and select 40 pixels. Click OK and you now have a blurred black and white mask in the mask window. Last Step; click your mouse in the Background Layer once again. You can merge the layers after this.

What you have needs work BUT it now has detail in the dark and light areas. It is a good image to build on.

2. Simple One Layer Processing

OK, I think that you need to do more work after this step but some folks swear that this is all you have to do. Open the merged image from the above process (or from a saved Photomatix TIFF). Go under the Layers Menu and select Adjustment Layer and then select Curves. Click OK (you do not need to name or color it) and then the Curves Window appears. Click your mouse on the center of the of the diagonal line. Drag the curve to the left as far as you can before the curve flattens out at the top. If it flattens any, back off a bit. Click OK. Finally, change the blending mode to Soft Light. You can lower the effect by reducing the Opacity.

3. God’s Light

Copy the background layer, go under the Select Menu and select Color Range

In the pop up window select Highlight, OK, then do a Control J to make a new layer with that selection

Go under Filter, select Blur, then Radial Blur.

In the pop up window increase amount to 100, select Zoom Blur method, set Quality to Best, position the cross hairs in the window to where you want the light to emanate from such as the sun, the edge of the image, etc.

Edited to add that I never get the place where I want the light to emanate from correct on the first attempt. You will probably have to delete that layer, add another, and try the Radial Blur Filter again (and again) repositioning the cross hairs.

Control J again to make another layer and hit Control F one or more times to multiply the filter.

You can go to one of the underlying layers like the first layer where you applied the Radial Blur filter (click in that layer) and hit Control L to being up the Levels window

You should see the histogram skewed to the right. Drag the left triangle to the right at the beginning of the histogram. You should see the rays take on more drama.

You can combine layers and then use the eraser to remove the rays where you don’t want them.

Here is a link to an image where I did just that: http://charlie.zenfol…

I erased the rays from the backs of the grave stones.

Here is a recent image: http://charlie.zenfol…