So we’re getting full swing here on the change to the format of the blog, I hope that you’re enjoying it!
The second video, since making the switch to more of travel photography and video blog, comes from the town of Dali, China where I did my best to try and do an HDR photography tutorial using a program called HDR Efex Pro which comes from the Nik Collection. I struggled with crowds and mediocre light, but I got a shot that I’m happy with.
As you can see from the video, I shot 5 exposures to get my HDR photo. I underexposed two of them (-4, -2), exposed one just right, and overexposed two others (+2. +4). I shot the all the images at f/11 and changed the shutter speed to create the difference in exposures. Now, it’s obviously possible to get your exposures using other methods, like switching the ISO or the aperture, but I also go with the shutter speed manipulation. For one, if you change the ISO to create different exposures, you’re going to be dealing with a lot of grain and noise. If you’re changing the aperture, you’ll have different ranges of focus, which isn’t cool either. I brought the images I took home and edited them using HDR Efex Pro as an add-on from Lightroom 5, which for me is the easiest way to edit HDR photos. Of course, there are loads of other programs out there, Photomatix Pro and Photoshop being the most obvious alternatives. Anyways, that’s it from Dali, China. I’ve pasted some more of my photos from the city below. I’m off to Shangrila next, so stay tuned both here and my travel photography YouTube channel.