Monday, October 6, 2014

Learn How To Edit HDR Waterscapes With Photomatix Pro | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Edit HDR Waterscapes With Photomatix Pro
   Are you looking to improve your waterscape photos? Thinking of trying HDR, but not sure how to get them to look their best. In this video tutorial I will show you my workflow using Adobe Lightroom 5 and HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro software. So if you are wanting to get the most from your waterscape photo's, you do not want to miss this video tutorial.

HDR Waterscapes

About this tutorial:

   Creating really good photos of waterfalls, rivers and streams with running water can pose a challenge to new photographers trying to get them to look good when combining them into HDR images. So for todays video tutorial I wanted to show everyone my workflow I use to get the most and what I believe is the best results when using Lightroom[1] and Photomatix Pro[2] software.

   The photo used in this tutorial is of Makalan Falls here locally in Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Its a small water fall, but is much larger then it appears in the photo. From the water level to the top is about 4 to 5 meters, with the water at the bottom being anywhere from 1 to 2 meters deep. Its a local spot only really known to residents of the area, but still a popular spot for many children. Its a 15min drive from the main highway and then another 1km walk into the jungle. There was three photos used in creating the final image. I used AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) mode[3] on my Canon 70D DSLR camera. Set to 3 photos total with a -2EV, Metered and +2EV settings. Camera was set to ISO100, Av mode set to f/8 and focal range was at 17mm (28mm on full frame). I used my Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens and a 3 Stop (ND8) Neutral Density filter[4]. The combination of the ND filter and aperture of f/8 allowed me to slow shutter speed down to 1/8sec during bright sunlight without sacrificing optical quality. So final metered exposure was ISO100, f/8, 1/8sec at 17mm. And of course a tripod was used.

References: [1] [2] [3] [4]