PhotoPlusEast – New York City – 10/22-24


Every year PhotoPlus East is the biggest professional photographers trade show of the year. October 22-24, 2009. Located at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City the show boasts a huge expo floor, hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of new products and a conference with over 100 seminars.
I’ve been going for years first as an attendee and then later as a presenter.
My sessions this year include …
The Fine Digital Print
Oct 22, 2009 – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Extending Dynamic Range – HDR
Oct 23, 2009 – 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Photoshop Color Strategies
Oct 24, 2009 – 1:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Check out the full list of seminars here.

HDR Aesthetics

HDR imagery is expanding today’s photographic aesthetics. Identifying the characteristics of contemporary HDR images will help classicists and pioneers alike. The basic ingredients are desirable for both sensibilities, but in varying combinations and to different degrees. As with solving any problem, it’s easier if you break it down into it’s component pieces and then learn what each one does and how they interact with one another. First know what to look for. Second, know what a tool can do. Third, know how to apply a tool. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be well along the way to crafting a unique style that’s all your own.
Pronounced Shadow and Highlight Detail
Accentuated Edge Contrast
Accentuated Texture
Increased Noise
Smoothed Texture
Saturation Distortions
Read more in the current issue of Digital Photo Pro.
Learn these and other techniques in my workshops.

LDR

Half HDR

HDR Simulated

HDR Simulated With Photomatix

How The Camera Sees


Like the human eye, film has a nonlinear response to light. For film, we adjust the EV to fit the amount and contrast ratio of the available light into the most useful area of its curve response. Using film, you expose generally, and when compromises need to be made, you favor shadows or highlights. Details lost at the point of capture are irrecoverable.


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Extending Dynamic Range – Seminar – Contrast Ratios





Today I present a seminar Extending Dynamic Range. Extending dynamic range is one of the fundamental challenges of photography since it’s invention. All forms of visual representation map the appearance of a high dynamic range scene into a low dynamic range medium (typically print). There have been many approaches to solving this problem throughout history. Now, with new technology, there are new approaches. HDR merges are popular now. In time, all of our imagery will be able to incorporate increasingly high dynamic range information.
Here’s a comparison of contrast ratios from very high dynamic range self-luminiscent objects to low dynamic range prints.
sun to starlight                                 1,000,000,000,000:1
human vision w/ dark adaptation      100,000,000:1
Spherocam HDR camera                    50,000,000:1
Brightside monitor                            200,000:1
human vision – single  view               10,000:1
b/w negative film                              10,000:1
typical DSLR                                      500:1
LCD monitor                                      400:1
CRT monitor                                      200:1
paper – best possible                        100:1
paper – typical                                   50:1
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PhotoPlus East – Expo


PhotoPlus East starts next week.
It’s the premiere photographic tradeshow in the US.
The presentations at manufacturer booths are free.
The seminars are fee based.
Both are are excellent.
I’ll be presenting a number of sessions.
Thursday, Oct 23
9-12             Fine Art Workflow (with Mac Holbert)(TA10)
3:30-4:15     Lightroom 2 – Fine Art Output (Adobe Booth)
Friday, 10/24
9-12              Extending Dynamic Range (FA7)
2-3                Epson Poster Signing (Epson Booth)
Saturday, 10/25
9-12              The Fine Digital Print (SA9)
12:30-1:15     Lightroom 2 – Fine Art Output (Adobe Booth)

Ben Wilmore on HDR on Bert Monroy's Pixel Perfect


Ben Willmore showed up as a guest on Bert Monroy’s Pixel Perfect show to do a two-part installment about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. In the first installment of the show he covers the basics of shooting for HDR, merging exposures, and tonemapping. In the second installment of the show, he covers postprocessing HDR merges.
First, view it here.
Then check out Ben’s even more detailed DVD HDR Mastery.
If you’ve watched these installments or Ben’s DVD tell others what you think here.
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