Is HDR Really Necessary? [Photo Redux 007]

By |2018-01-28T13:27:48+00:00Dec 23rd, 2017|

If I were to pinpoint a single influence on my photography from 2011 – 2014, it’d have to be HDR. I mean, I was completely obsessed. I surrounded myself with everything that has to do with HDR and tone-mapping. For better or worse, I would bracket just about every composition with 5, 7, and even 9 exposures. Can you imagine how much wasted space I have on my storage volumes? But, that’s the photographer I was back then. I’d like to think that I learned a lot from spending all that time practicing HDR. Those experiences made me a stronger photographer and as I got older, I was able to refine the foundation I had built. If anything, I get such a kick out of re-approaching these older photos and seeing how wildly different today’s results are compared to the photographer I was years ago.

For this episode of Photo Redux, I am going back to a fun adventure I had roaming around Nebraska in the summer of 2012. As you could imagine, stumbling onto this treasure trove made me quite happy. The ticks… not as much. I’m still using the new Adobe Lightroom CC and have grown to really love it. I highly recommend giving it a shot and if you aren’t already a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud, you can check that out too.

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2 Comments

  1. lyle January 15, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    great comparison and huge realistic improvement. love the new treatment

  2. Fred S. Haider January 16, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I tried to rewind the video so I could note what keys /steps are done to show the mask overlay. Could not do that. Your videos and tutorial are excellent.

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