HDR Advisor

A Note From James Pawlowski – HDR One Advisor

Welcome to HDR One Magazine’s, regular HDR Advisor feature. I would like to start with something of a disclaimer. This feature is not about the rights and wrongs of HDR, nor is it a critique of any individual’s photographic or processing ability. Instead, it is about education and the sharing of knowledge in order to get the very best visual experience from HDR photography. Please give me a minute to explain. A photographer with 50 years experience told me some years ago, “The day you think you know everything about photography is the day you should quit. Photography in any form is a constant learning process and there is no place for arrogance, as it will ultimately reflect in you images.” This statement stuck me immediately as a truth not just in the photographic field, but also for life in general. It was especially poignant as it was coming from a then 70 year old man of revered stature, who was at that very moment struggling to learn and use the new digital image transmission technology that was just being adopted by the press worldwide.

It is for this reason that I would like to issue an open invite. While I consider myself a competent HDR processor, I do not and never will profess to be an HDR “Oracle” or “Master”, as I still have much to learn myself. If I do not know how to correct something or achieve a desired effect, I will ask for help from both my fellow contributors and from the readership of this magazine. I am constantly looking for ways to innovate in and improve on my own imagery, and I am writing this feature not just to share what I know, but also as an exercise in self-improvement through challenging myself to solve real problems people are experiencing with their HDR workflow process. If you look at the finished reprocessed image that I have created in this article or any HDR advisor article, and can think of an action or procedure that could further improve on it, please comment and share the knowledge, instead of just looking at your screen and saying, “I could do better”. It is through sharing that we all learn and that is the whole point of this feature.

HDR One Advisor No2 – A Castle on a Hill

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in HDR Advisor | 2 comments

HDR One Advisor No2 – A Castle on a Hill

Welcome to the second edition of HDR One Magazine’s HDR Advisor. I would like to start with a thank you to everyone who commented and sent messages of support after the first article in this series.  As I said previously, it is through discussion that we all learn, and I for one am very pleased to be sharing in this great base of knowledge that HDR One Magazine generates. Please keep your comments and your images coming. This edition’s image comes from India and poses a different set of challenges to the image that we looked at...

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HDR Advisor No. 1 – Sun, Sea, Boats and Halos

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in HDR Advisor | 10 comments

HDR Advisor No. 1 – Sun, Sea, Boats and Halos

Welcome to HDR One Magazine’s, regular HDR Advisor feature. I would like to start with something of a disclaimer. This feature is not about the rights and wrongs of HDR, nor is it a critique of any individual’s photographic or processing ability. Instead, it is about education and the sharing of knowledge in order to get the very best visual experience from HDR photography. Please give me a minute to explain. A photographer with 50 years experience told me some years ago, “The day you think you know everything about photography is the...

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