The 10 Steps Every HDR Photographer Goes Through

Step 4: I Am Clearly An Authority On HDR. The World Should Know.

Once your amateurish style is solidified you will begin wanting to teach others what you know. How about a screen cast revealing your HDR secrets? Or an in-depth HDR tutorial right on the front page of your website? And hey, if you go that far why not hold an HDR seminar in your home town? These are all common sense ideas and must be implemented. You’re really on the fast track now.

Step 5: The Discovery Of Halo’s, Toxic Greens, Psychedelic Skies and Zombies

Everything is going great in your life. You’ve become somewhat of an authority on HDR in your community (at least in your opinion) and you really feel like you’ve nailed this whole process of HDR. Then…one day…you look at one of your images in a new light. And that new light reveals at least a few of the terrible flaws in your images. You start seeing the halo’s around that building against the cloudless sky. Is it really that obvious? Do other people notice this as well or am I over-reacting? Wait…are my red channels blown? Why does the foliage in this forrest scene all of the sudden look like a toxic waste dump? What’s with these muddy whites? You mean that in order to create an unclipped histogram Photomatix simply turned my blown highlights to a murky, grayish color? What just happened? My whole life is a lie!

When this happens, don’t panic. The first step to recovery is always admitting you have a problem. So check your pride at the door and start moving forward. There is light at the end of this tunnel, and there’s no need to process it into oblivion.


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