HDR and Travel Photos

I’m often asked what camera I use after sharing some of my photographed memories.  I am by no means a professional, but I do love taking, editing, and sharing photos.  Below you can find more information about the gear that I use to create my images.

I have been using HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging for over a year now.  It captures the vibrancy that I saw on my travels.  HDR simply combines separate photos taken at different exposures to bring all levels of the composition to the best exposure.  Typically when we photograph a scene, something will be under or over exposed because of the different levels.  HDR allows everything to be properly exposed.  You can see some sample pictures below.  For more information about using HDR, please check out this site for an introduction or feel free to ask me about it.

Gear Information:

Camera-Canon EOS 60D, Canon S100

Lens-Canon Ef-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens

Software-Adobe Photoshop 10 and Photomatix (HDR)

Stay tuned for travel photography tips!

2 thoughts on “HDR and Travel Photos

  1. I love the look of your photos. Do you use a tripod to take your multiple exposures or just hand hold the camera. Also, do you automatically bracket your shots and how wide do you space your exposures, a 1/3, 1/2 or more of a stop? I’ve read about HDR but haven’t tried it yet. Do you shoot on manual, aperture priority, or what? Thanks for any tips.

    1. Hi Pam,

      So I cheat a bit when I use HDR photography. Rather than bracketing my photos, I take my images in raw, and then change the exposures using software. For example, I may take a picture of Notre Dame with perfect exposure, and when I come home, I use Adobe Photoshop 10 to create an image that is two below perfect and two above. Then I use the three images in Photomatix to create the HDR images. I have compared bracketed photos with my technique, and cannot find a difference in quality. It allows me to take the shots I want without worrying about a “ghost” (when the images don’t line up right) or losing time to set up the bracketing.

      Typically, I use an aperture priority setting, but at night I tend to get a little lazy and set my priority to P (iso). At this point I work to create photography that I enjoy rather than trying to be a perfect professional. Please feel free to ask any other questions!

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