One of the things I’ve been most determined to do from my 101 List is learning to make High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos. I’ve seen some amazing HDR photos on Flickr and really wanted to learn to do it myself, but on first examination it seemed really difficult. This was when I first got my DSLR camera and I already had so much to learn that I figured I’d save the HDR for later.
Today I was messing around and decided to download Photomatix and see how it all works. I hadn’t already taken photos for this purpose so I cheated a bit and took a few of my jpg photos from my point and shoot, saved two other versions of them with higher and lower exposure and played around with them. I know this isn’t going to work quite as well as if I’d taken photos for that purpose and was able to edit them from RAW form but it was enough to give me a little taste.
I took the photos while we were showing friends around Kinderdijk on Sunday. They are here visiting from Canada and I figured we’d take them to one of the bigger tourist destinations around here. I had already been to Kinderdijk a number of times so I hung around outside while they went into the windmill. I brought my point and shoot with me, which I usually do… so to keep myself busy I took a few photos of what was going on around me.
I particularly loved watching this little girl ‘fishing’ with a reed from the side of the canal. She was so cute and I’m glad I quickly dug my camera out again to catch her in the act. I also like the way the photo of her came out!
I want to spend some time doing tutorials for this to learn exactly how all the different tools work. I was just clicking and dragging stuff at random until I got something that looked the way I wanted. I’m sure there are many many other processes that could be followed to really make them pop.
For now though, I’m pleased that I’ve made a start! I see a lot more HDR photos in my future. Even those super overly processed ones some people seem to hate! I think they look freaky and interesting.