I just ran my HDR workshop this past Sunday, at Eastern State Penitentiary. Susan Candelario co-led this with me. This was our last workshop to ESP this year but we will be having at least 1 workshop there some time in 2012. As usual with HDR’s, it isn’t only about the proper capture and getting all the proper exposures (more is always better than not enough!) but also about the processing. I find that what separates most HDR images is the processing! All of my previous trips there I had somehow overlooked it!
I use 3 different programs: Nik HDR Efex Pro, Photomatix Pro, and HDR Express. All work very well but one program may work better on a particular image than the other. Susan turned me on to HDR Express just before our Fonthill Castle Workshop and I feel it is the easiest to use if you are just beginning or are new to HDR processing. If you use Susan’s code of SDCPHOTOGRAPHY when you order the program from Unified Color you will get a 10-20 percent discount on their product. You can try the program for free for 30 days before you buy it and you don’t have any watermarks on the image and it has full functionality! Nik software’s program is the most comprehensive and it has the most controls while my favorite of the group…..Photomatix….is somewhere in between the 2 other programs. Both the images were processed using Photomatix Pro and I hope to share a few more images from our other HDR workshops using both Nik and Unified Colors software in the next few weeks as I play catch up on my blog! Stay tuned!!!