Please don’t get me wrong you still need to know some of the basic setting, but I prefer when I am on a photo adventure to just enjoy the whole experience.
You may find yourself all composed ready to take a photo and someone might walk through your shot, and you feel that this will turn out to be a better photo. If you worry about shutter speed, aperture, white balance and the other setting, by the time you work all of those settings out the moment will be gone.
Just relax enjoy the moment and always shoot in RAW, you see a single raw file contains so much information that correcting the photo in photoshop is a breeze.
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block to the final artwork. Over time I have found that I can’t use one program without the others, I also use many photoshop plugins such as Onone, Nik software and Topaz. Below I will explain in brief what I use all of the programes for.Photomatix pro 4This is the foundation to a good HDR image, you need a really good starting point so you can remix some of the original photos you captured. There are some great presets that you can start off with, I have about 6 that I choose from. Once I have selected the preset that best suits my image I then start playing with the sliders, each one does something a little different, after you process a few of your own images you will get to know what all of them do. Once I am happy with my image I save it and I am then ready for my next step.Adobe Lightroom 4This program plays a small part in the process of my final image, I import my mid exposure images usually -1, 0 and +2. I then start to develop each image one at a time, along the way I play with some of the sliders to get the effect I am looking for. I sometimes will use some presets to give them a different look, after I have gone through all of the exposures or maybe only one depending on the photo I then export it to the same folder that I saved the photimatix image to.
Once you have processed a HDR image consisting of 3,5 or 7 exposures through Photomatix and processed some image ideas through Adobe Lightroom it’s time to use Adobe Bridge to import you photos into Photoshop. If you follow the steps above then it time to put it all together in Photoshop, this program is so complex but can give you some amazing results. Photoshop uses a button called masking this button combined with the brush tool can remix all of your Lightroom and original images with your Photimatix image. Another great feature that Photoshop offers amongst many others is the ability to add effects through filters, the three main brands of plugins or filters I personally use is Onone, Nik Software and Topaz.