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HDR Photography
Some quick tips on how to create some stunningly vibrant photos that seem to come to life.
Images like these:-














It's easy, and it's quick, and beginners can do this too.

1. Use a DSLR. Some compact cameras allow you to adjust exposures, so you can use these too.

I use a Canon 100D, same one I use for taking Intra-Oral shots, though make sure all patient image photos are backed-up and are removed from the SD card, or use another SD card if you are taking your camera out of surgery.
I also use a different lens to the macrolens that I use in surgery. In these examples I use a Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens with a special end attachment called a Digital Wide Converter W/Macro 0.5X.  But, most of the time if you purchased your SLR with a standard lens 18-55mm, it will still take great images.

2. Use a tripod. Don't need to, but the way I create these, I have to reduce camera shake, so mounting it on a tripod helps. Also allows me flexibility choosing the F stop numbers as can increase exposure times when I don't have to hold the camera. This pretty much means you would want to use a camera remote as well to activate the shutter, rather than pressing it. These are handy to have anyway, and easy to set-up your camera to remote setting.





3. Look for an interesting shot. I've a lot to learn on composition etc, so for now, I just look into the viewfinder if I spot something that looks interesting, then frame it, and set everything up to take multiple shots.

4. Set to M mode. Choose your F stop, so aperture, all that business. I use F8 to let in more light, but then not an issue if using a tripod, so can go for F22 if you want. Again, I have more to learn on this, so just experiment for now.

5. Check for any dangers, actually, like CPR, this should be point number one. Look out for potholes, cliffs, dodgy people, and bloated seagulls.

6. Look in the viewfinder, half press the shutter, see what your meter reading is at. Adjust until it is at normal exposure, then take a picture.
Then adjust so that it is underexposed (darker), I just turn the dial to wherever it goes darker, ie. the shutter speed is reduced, then take another picture. Then adjust again, so it is overexposed, (lighter), ie. shutter speed is longer, lets in more light, press the remote, take that picture. Then take a range of exposures, you can start from light to dark, do whatever you want, just get those range of images, at least 3 anyway.







7. Move onto next subject, next photo you want to take, change the angle, change the scenery, change your approach, get creative.

8. Once all done, and packed home, load the SD card to computer.

9. Download Photomatix software, I just use Photomatix essentials. Easy to download, quick, and also easy and quick to install. Doesn't slow computer down or messes things up etc.





10. Load upto 5 of the images of different exposure. Then click the processing bits, and let the software do the work. This is also quick, takes less than 6 seconds.

11. Play around with the software tools, you can choose different styles. I like the "painterly 4" ones with that surreal look to them.



12. Enjoy it, share it on FB, Instagram, hashtag em, cherish em, play around and look forward to experimenting again with different subjects. (Other methods include using AEB function, where camera automatically takes the different exposures you pre-set, a process called bracketing. Great way when on the go, I have to play with this more myself.)






Enjoy