Welcome to our newly revised newsletter “HDR News You Can Use”. We know your InBox is jammed with deals and discounts and frankly, we’re as tired of them as you are. So, we’ll share photo information that you can actually use and hopefully will inspire you to even better photography. For information about our products HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 3 and 32 Float v3 please visit our main website at http://www.unifiedcolor.com
WHAT’S NEW AT UNIFIED
So often we’re asked by photographers new to HDR to help them quickly understand how to shoot the bracketed exposures required for merging into a single HDR file. Problem solved! We’ve created “Five Steps To Great HDR Photography“, a free guide that gives you a simple process to ensure that you shoot the right exposures to cover all the brightness levels in your HDR scene. You can download the free guide here http://wp.pinnacleimagingsystems.com/five-steps-to-great-hdr-wp
PHOTOGRAPHERS TO WATCH
We’re constantly on the hunt for great but a bit out of the mainstream photographers whose work can inspire us. Max Rive is a Dutch mountaineer photographer whose images are bold yet thoughtful. He is known for his unique style of injecting human elements into his landscapes.
Max’s images demonstrate a wonderful compositional balance while capturing a wide range of exposure levels. His processing doesn’t force the issue of wide dynamic range by resorting to garish, on-the-edge colors. You can catch a nice collection of his work at https://prime.500px.com/maxrivefotograaf
INTERESTING PHOTO INFO AROUND THE WEB
Shoot The Moon – News photographer Raul Roa is a veteran photojournalist based north of Los Angeles in Whittier. He covers everything from sports to politics to hard news. He has the distinction of living directly under the flight path of landing flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). One evening on his way home from an assignment he caught a beautiful full moon. He noticed how perfectly silhouetted landing planes were as they past the moon. Mr. Roa said “… Two or three planes went by and i snapped a couple of shots. And there it was. I had it.” It was a photo of the sharp outline of a plane framed within the moon. Check out this article on the New York Times’ Lens blog for the full story: http://goo.gl/Ezhdrg
Other Worldly Results – Sometimes you want to grab the individual exposure levels of six or seven images and not engage with HDR software (hey, it’s OK). We came across a high-level implementation of Photoshop blending modes on the blog Through Strange Lenses by Jimmy McIntyre that yields really interesting results. In this blog post titled A Lonely Lighthouse (http://www.throughstrangelenses.com/2014/11/24/lonely-lighthouse/), McIntyre takes you through Rapid Blending and Luminosity Masks to achieve an other-worldly result.
HDR Video Is Ascending – Even a nominal amount attention paid to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) revealed that HDR televisions were attention getting products. But, to make full use of HDR televisions you need to start with HDR video content. The BBC recently conducted a test of video HDR using an Arri Amira cinematography camera. This article is an interview with Stephan Ukas-Bradley, director of strategic business development at Arri where he explains the significance of this test and the role of HDR video: http://goo.gl/QFhmMj
2015 HDR Contest – This year’s HDR Contest is coming this spring. Over the coming weeks visit our Facebook page to see examples from last year’s finalists to get yourself pumped up for a submission into this year’s contest. https://www.facebook.com/UnifiedColorTechnologies