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Playing with HDR photography technique

posted Mar 6, 2011, 11:02 AM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Mar 6, 2011, 11:18 AM ]
On the first beta show of the new TWiT.tv podcast "Mostly Photo" they had, as a guest, Trey Ratcliff.  He is known around the world for his stunning travel photography using the HDR (high dynamic range) technique and hosts the #1 travel photography blog on the Internet at: www.stuckincustoms.com

Inspired by his quick demo of HDR, I thought I might enjoy having a go at this.  Using the free trial of the suggested software by Trey, Photomatix, here is my very first attempt - enjoy!

Original base exposure

HDR exposure using the base + one over-exposed image at +2

I'm shooting my Canon Rebel XSi with the kit lens at about 38mm effective.

There is a ton of info available on the web about HDR, including Trey's own HDR Tutorial which gets very high praise.

I don't anticipate ever being an expert at this technique and defer to those who are the masters.  :-)

Happy Shooting!

-PHIL