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The first post!

1d4+14mm. Shot 5 raw files, handheld. HDR.

So, this is the first post of my brand new blog/photo-site! It has taken me some (ehh, a lot) of time to get the page up and running. Siv (my girlfriend) has made this page from design to setting up everything for me, and was done with it a long time ago. It’s just me that haven’t gotten around to getting some content in place. With work and my son Alexander, things seem to take a bit more time then usual.

Now, for image above, I’ve used my newly discovered HDR-technique. It makes shooting HDR much easier in my opinion, especially since I hate to drag around my tripod as I find it limiting when it comes to moving around.

What I do is this (you need and SLR camera):

Set your camera to LV (LiveView)
Set your camera to Bracketing mode (AEB)
Set Drive mode to a 2 sec Time Delay and Single Image (not burst mode)

This is good for two things, first off, the mirror doesn’t flap up and down between shots, and second, you do’ not need to press the shutter button and you can just concentrate on holding the camera still. Preferably support it on something solid, but if the shutterpeeds are fast enough, this is a very good way to get sharp results even handheld for 3 or 5 shots.


I use Photomatix Pro 4 and Adobe Lightroom 3.4

Load all your bracketed raw-files into Photomatix.

Leave everything at Default, maybe, drag the White point down a bit.
Store as 16-bit TIFF

You now end up with a pretty dull and flat image that looks boring, but not to worry, we’ll fix that!

Open the image in a raw-converting software like Adobe Camera Raw, Bibble, Capture One etc. I use Adobe Lightroom 3.4.

The you edit the 16-bit TIFF stored from Photomatix in Lightroom , boost up contrast, curves, color and sharpness. This will make the final image, do as much or as little as you like, I used a Black&White Preset in Lr (Lightroom) for this one.

With this method you’ll a minimum of blurry results due to camera-movement, and also a lot less noise than when trying to make the final image in Photomatix. In additon I want to mention that this technique makes for a much more natural HDR-result, some people like to make HDR’s look like a painting, but that’s not my cup of tea. I want the HDR’s to capture the scene the way I see it with my eyes.

Hope this was helpful, any question can be added to the commentary section, and I’ll try to answer!