Gotta learn HDR photography


One of Utah’s biggest tourist attractions is Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Since I work in Salt Lake City, I drive by the Salt Lake Temple almost daily. I have often sought to photograph the temple in an effort to capture its beauty, and maybe even have one that looks good enough to frame for my house.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography  is something that I would like to get into a little more. While I like how the temple looks in this photo, I often wonder how much better it could look if I used some HDR techniques with it.

Salt Lake Temple - 2010

I captured this photo one morning in March 2010 following a meeting at the neighboring Joseph Smith Memorial Building. At the time, I thought it was a great photo. But how much better would it have looked if I had the HDR skills to add to it? My goal in the next month is to learn more about HDR photography and photo-processing, so as I move down this road, I will be sure to share.

If you have tips on processing the photos in Photoshop CS5, send me the link so I can check it out – I’ll be sure to share the results. Thanks.

~signed, Carltonaut

4 thoughts on “Gotta learn HDR photography

  1. I’ve done a little work with HDR (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/bihuniak/4210286827/in/set-72157623036613130/ …but ignore the spots in the photo, I photoshopped them out later ;-D). This was a traditional HDR in that I took my normal exposure, a stop underexposed, 2 stops underexposed, 1 stop overexposed, and 2 stops overexposed, all using a tripod. I’ve also done ones where I just shoot the image in RAW and then make my over/underexposures in post. I use a program called Photomatix to generate the HDR image for me, and they give you dozens of controls so you really have creative freedom and the ability to fine-tune your final image. Good luck, HDR is fun!

    • Thanks for the info. I found that the new Photoshop CS5 has a setting for HDR, so I’ll have to now find something that HDR would work well with and give it a shot. I’ll share any results I get – failed or successful. Nice HDR photos, by the way.

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