It’s finally here!
I’ve long wanted to create a video tutorial as a way of passing along ideas that others have contributed along the path of learning HDR processing. It took the urging of one Mark “Konaflyer” Patton to have me get down to business on the project. (Hence, the title of the image, “Pier Pressure.”) Mark had emailed, wanting to know how I achieved a certain “glossy” look to some of my HDR images. As it turns out, creating the video — and working on Mark’s brackets — was a lot more fun than I expected! Best of all, Mark has graciously agreed to let me post his image and the video for all to see in the interests of passing along knowledge to others. Thanks, Mark! Please be sure to visit Mark’s great Flickr photostream.
Perhaps… it was a bit too much fun. The resulting video turned out to be an hour long as I took Mark’s brackets from the original RAW files to the final product you see here. Although Mark has viewed this in its entirety, I had to break it into five different parts in order to satisfy the 15-minute restriction on YouTube. That’s okay, I figure; In between segments you can get a cup of joe, slap yourself awake, or otherwise lift your spirits as we get down to some of the fine points of post-processing. I promise that next time I create a video, I’ll make it 15 minutes, or less.
I’ve included the embedded YouTube videos here. Later, when this blog post gets buried in the archives, you can access the videos via my Tutorials page. Or, if you’d like to subscribe to my YouTube channel, you can receive updates whenever new videos are posted.
You can view the videos directly from this blog page, or view them on YouTube. Either way, please remember to view them in 720p mode if your system is capable of that.
This is my first go at creating a video and posting it. So, if you see anything amiss, please let me know right away. If you find anything useful or helpful in all of this, I’d love to hear about that as well. Comments and feedback are always welcomed here.
Cheers, and happy viewing.
Part 1: Includes Introduction, Image Analysis, Creating multiple tonemaps in Photomatix Pro
Part 2: Includes Layering & Blending Tonemap Files in Photoshop CS5, Image Cleanup Techniques
Part 3: Includes Defringing, Denoise, LAHR Sharpening
Part 4: Includes Nik Color Efex Pro, Color Fixing
Part 5: Includes Cropping, Finishing, Output Sharpening, Saving, and Conclusion