Category Archives: Magic Lantern

Medieval alley


Medieval alley, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

What really fascinated me in this picture was that the method HDR could capture all the colors facets and texture and preserve them. That was not quite easy due to the different artificial light colors, varying from blue to orange.
Again the tipp by RC Concepcion I use often, is to use a Glamour Glow effect on HDR. It takes the unnatural sharpness out of the picture and gives it some nice appeal.
I started using the glamour glow (which was created for portraits) on some architecture pictures – not specifically HDR. It works just fine…
And again this shot was brought to you by Canon running Magic Lantern with 9 exposures, creation with HDR Efex by Nik Software and postprocessing with Color Efex (also by Nik Software).

If you are looking for a book specifically for the creation of HDR with HDR Efex and get some real nice postprocessing tips for HDR, read the HDR book by RC. There is great stuff inside.

Sunset – Things learned from HDR

Sunset by stst31415
Sunset, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I love the subtle tones of orange of sunsets and HDR definitely gives me the option to pack them into a picture. I used 9 brackets in this one and added some glamour glow effect to emphasize the warmth.
Sometimes it is a good idea not to overdo the HDR effect and sqeeze the whole available light into one picture. There is a point where you put more light into the picture, than you could have possibly seen. If the effect is subtle it is OK, if it is not the outcome won’t be pleasant.

Panoramic HDR Experiment

I went out with my tripod to shoot a structured panorama in at least 3 by 2. I made it 4 by 2 but it was not convincing. Because I also experimented…

Another thing I wanted to try was a panorama with a wide angle lens. So I used my trusted Sigma portrait in 10mm and used a recipe which nearly always worked for me.

The recipe as always: 3 pictures using 9 brackets with Magic Lantern on my 60D, HDR created with HDR Efex, and panorama with Microsoft ICE.

There were problems with the distortion near the lens, like in the railing you can see on the left. I don’t know if the result is also there because of the horizontal lines. I will try to find out.

I am very pleased with the look of this picture. What is your opinion?

Under the bridge

Under the bridge, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

For the Flickr group Cliche Saturday I made this HDR. Magic Lantern helped me out with 9 brackets, HDR Efex, Dfine and Colour Efex from Nik software made postprocessing easy.
I think you can see everything which makes a great HDR:
Textures
Difficult lighting conditions
Strong Colours

BTW: The water would have been green today and this looked crazy so I too the second position.

Taking and making pictures

Raindot by stst31415
Raindot, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

You may read these lines because you wondered why the title of this post is taking and making. Well, actually the difference is enormous.

Look at the picture above. It was taken yesterday, I had some slight postprocessing with Nik Color Efex going on to recover the details and uploaded the picture. But there is nothing I could have done if I had not taken the camera with me in the first place. A colleague of mine – by a strange coincidence his name is also Stefan – came from next door to show us the raindot. It is no bow, so it has to be a dot…

I took my camera and used the magic lantern to take 9 brackets with 0.5 EV difference to be on the safe side. I also tried to HDR this picture but it didn’t want to be an HDR ;-). It simply wanted some quick and exact color treatment on the raindot and more details on the cityscape. So I chose what fit best. I would definitely call this process taking a picture.

On the other hand, there is the process of making a picture: Your lighting, your setup, your models. You create what is depicted. But where is the border line between these two things? If I have a good picture and add some heavy treatment or postprocessing: Is this already making a picture?

In both cases you need your camera with you. Do you carry your camera with you all the time?

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