Welcome to the blog of HDR One editor, Jimmy McIntyre. He is a full-time traveller, photographer, magazine editor, and language learner. Having been on the road for a number of years now, he is technically homeless. His journey for the next 2.5 years will take him far and wide. At the end of it he expects to be a pillar of wisdom, fluent in every language, and slightly more bald – unfortunately .
His life, however, is photography. This blog contains some of his musings around HDR and photography in general, news about HDR One, and a photo or two, of course.
Beginning this month we will no-longer be offering HDR One as a monthly download. I know that out of the 3,500+ people who download it each month there will be a few disappointed readers. I, too, take great pleasure from the monthly issues. After working each month on collecting, organising and editing articles, to have a finished product, beautifully designed by Nikola Totuhov, was a joy. Then, to see how many of our wonderful readers would share the magazine across their blogs, forums, facebook etc. gave me, to be honest, a sense of...read more
Firstly, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time out of your busy day to consistently read HDR One. Without your wonderful support we wouldn’t have had such a successful 2012. We’ve had almost 2,000 downloads of this month’s magazine alone! Our goal in 2012 was to make quality HDR tutorials and articles completely accessible to all. I hope we’ve achieved that. I apologise that the design of the downloadable magazine wasn’t of a high quality. I’m currently working with designer...read more
Outrage has spread though the world of photography at the news that Instagram will gain the sole right to sell your images without any obligation to recompense you, the photographer – your images are no longer your own. In an era when online piracy is a hot topic, Instagram is about to get away with their own legal from of piracy. Not only will you not receive payment, you will not even be told if your photography is sold. This is yet another kick in the teeth to photographers by facebook, who own Instagram. It was only 2 months ago when...read more
Most of you may be aware by now that we have an HDR forum. We look forward to seeing this thrive, and become a valuable source of information on all things HDR photography. We also want it to be a place of enjoyment. We’ve created a couple of areas where we can have fun with other people’s RAWs and also share our favourite HDRs of a particular month. Why not join in the fun and show us what you can do with your HDR skills! Forum links – HDR Challenge HDR of the...read more
As some of you may have noticed, HDR One now has advertisements in our downloadable pdf magazine, and on the right hand side of our website. I was expecting a slightly negative response to this by a small pocket of readers. Historically, when advertising partnerships start on popular websites, there are claims of people ‘selling out’. To the contrary, and to my pleasant surprise, I’ve actually received emails from some readers congratulating me on finding a reputable sponsor. The truth is, before Promote Systems got in touch...read more
Last month a promising young photographer emailed me with a problem he had while deghosting his brackets in Photomatix. “Hey Jimmy, I need some help with regards to Photomatix and processing some shots I got yesterday, hopefully you can help! A couple bracket sequences I shot yesterday seem to majorly overexpose in Photomatix after ‘de-ghosting’, im not sure why but a large part of the sky just turns bright white after de-ghosting? It’s hard to explain but if that makes sense can you give me any pointers? I can send you...read more
For HDR One’s comprehensive HDR reference manual, I’ve spent some time comparing the performances of some of the best HDR programs on the market. Today I looked at how well 5 different programs handled chromatic aberration and sharpness. Essentially, HDR software is famous for softening pixels and exaggerating CA. However, testing the various software on an even scale is somewhat difficult since they all have different sliders that don’t necessarily have an equivalent in other software. As a base measure, I used either the...read more
For years now, I’ve been an ardent fan of facebook. I’ve been happy with every change they’ve employed. I loved the new time line. More importantly, I have facebook to the thank for a decent amount of traffic to my sites, and for developing my reputation in the world of photography. Sadly, in recent months, and like many other page owners, my fondness of facebook has been replaced by a certain degree of resentment. Ever since facebook rolled out its new ‘Promote Posts’ feature, exposure on both my personal...read more
For a while now I’ve adopted a concept of photography as a visual/emotional anchor. We look at images and don’t see them as a composite of light, or objectively study the subjects within. Instead, as we perceive the photo certain emotions arise, sometimes negative and sometimes positive. This really lends from a major area of psychology which is now largely discredited, called behaviorism. A Russian gentlemen by the name of Pavlov was studying endocrine fluids that dogs release during certain digestive phases. He quite literally...read more
As photographers we inevitably have a style that is uniquely our own. Our tastes are influenced by a myriad of factors, most of which will remain unconscious to us. Conversely, there are people or styles that we consciously aspire to, or allow ourselves to be influenced by. We, as intelligent humans, know that there is no ‘correct’ style. Yet even in the world of HDR there is a very noticeable divide between surreal and realistic photography, which sometimes leads to snobbery. Fortunately, this negativity isn’t often present...read more