The name of this central Connecticut group is “Beyond the Photo with HDR” because the group is focused on what can be done beyond the single digital photograph, specifically High Dynamic Range Imaging (“HDR”), as a path to greater photography skill and enjoyment. This group provides opportunities to shoot high dynamic range scenes, help with HDR capture and processing, facilitates group critiques and discussions of member’s work and organizes HDR-related workshops and other learning opportunities.
To our good fortune, the software tools are affordable and many books and tutorials exist to help learn HDR. However, we need to practice HDR to get consistently good results. Most HDR enthusiasts agree that pursuing HDR helps them learn and enjoy digital photography all the more. Believing this to be true, the core mission of this group is to advance the understanding and exploration of High Dynamic Range Imaging as a path to greater photography skill and enjoyment and, in the course of learning and doing, create stunning and memorable images.
The pursuit of High Dynamic Range Imaging involves a working knowledge of other subjects that are often challenging for even the most enthusiastic HDR fan. Printing is always a challenge. Computer image management challenges many as files multiply exponentially. Online portfolios assume subscribers are either software wizards or photography professionals. New image software applications are being released at an alarming rate, including for HDR. Cameras are becoming so complex that some features are never explored, understood or even activated by camera owners. And, HDR includes advanced aspects such as panoramic and focus stacking which many photographers want to explore further. Over time, this group will explore a variety of subjects that help us in the pursuit of our HDR interests.
Anyone with a good working knowledge of digital photography is welcome to join as long as there is a genuine interest in High Dynamic Range Imaging. All HDR experience levels are welcome; from the curious to the experienced, from the intimidated to the confident. In the spirit of this being a group of enthusiastic HDR fans, there will be opportunities for volunteers to lead and educate according to their ability. Every member of this group is encouraged to regularly participate in group events because participation makes the group stronger and provides opportunities to advance their skill and enjoyment of digital photography.
If you feel ready to embrace High Dynamic Range Imaging, if you feel the need for more challenge with your photography, if you want to take your personal photography journey beyond the photo with HDR, please join us today. Pat Cook, Organizer