A shout out to the Sydney Camera Clubs

As a passionate HDR Photographer I cop a fair amount of negative comments when people learn I process a lot of my photos using HDR (High Dynamic Range). But when a lot of these people, in particular other photographers see my work and understand that what they know of as HDR and how I use HDR is worlds apart, they soon start to ask me how I do it.

One of the challenges is that HDR is a bit of a fad right now, and many people are trying it for the first time with the tendency to overcook their images and worst of all, not using Photoshop after the HDR software to clean up there images. HDR software in my opinion is only good up to a certain point. It will make 30 to 50% of your image look amazing, and the rest of it look like crap. The solution is to know how to control this and fix any of the issues your HDR software is creating.

I have decided to make myself available to visit camera clubs around Sydney and show other photographers the tricks and techniques I have discovered on my HDR photojourney. If you’re in a club and would like to have me as a guest at one of your meetings drop me a message through the contact page.

Today’s iCandy – Whirlpool Whitewash

Funnily enough, Today’s iCandy is not HDR. I took this when I was in Tasmania last month. It was one of the many cascades you can stop off at on the way to the amazing Liffey Falls. I decided to use the cascades as rest stops on the way back up from Liffey as it is quite a trek and this meant I got time to relax and take in the serenity.

Liffey Falls Cascades Tasmania

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one [/tab] [tab] I used Aperture Priority (aka AV) [/tab] [tab] ISO100 – I always shoot as low as possible [/tab] [tab] f22 – because I was shooting in Aperture Priority this gave me a slower shutter speed and created the milky water effect [/tab] [tab] 1 second [/tab] [tab] Nikon 14-24mm lens [/tab] [tab] No filter used [/tab] [tab] I shot this on my Really Right Stuff TVC-33 tripod (there is no way to get a sharp shot hand held at these slower shutter speeds). Once home the shot was Post processed using Lightroom 4 (very little was needed) and I cloned out a large stick from the cascades that was a distraction to the shot using Photoshop CS6  [/tab] [/tabbed]

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