Intro to HDR Photography - A workshop with Rob Henrickson

IMPORTANT INFO

Please note that if you sign up for this meetup, attendance to both sessions is mandatory. The first session is two hours and begins at 10:30am Saturday, February 22. The second session is two hours and begins at 6:15pm Tuesday, February 25th. You can, of course, change your RSVP to “not attending” if something comes up but if you are attending, you are attending both (outdoor and indoor) sessions. Please RSVP with consideration.

There is a fee of $5 for this meetup. The fee is to cover expenses for facility and equipment rental. Please bring your $'s to Saturday's event.

High-Dynamic-Range Imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of techniques used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than possible using standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.

High-dynamic-range photographs are generally achieved by capturing multiple standard photographs, often using exposure bracketing, and then merging them into an HDR image. Any camera that allows manual exposure control can create HDR images.

History

The idea of using several exposures to fix a too-extreme range of luminance was pioneered as early as the 1850s by Gustave Le Gray to render seascapes showing both the sky and the sea. Such rendering was impossible at the time using standard methods, the luminosity range being too extreme. Le Gray used one negative for the sky, and another one with a longer exposure for the sea, and combined the two into one picture in positive.

The advancement of digital photography software had made is easy to create high quality HDR images.

The Meetup

Our own in-house HDR guru, Rob Henrickson, will lead the workshop giving us tips for capturing images in the field and then demonstrating the use of HDR software (in this case Photomatix) at a The Alliance For Arts and Culture in downtown Vancouver.

Rob has been practicing the discipline of HDR Photography since 2012 and has been a member of our group since Oct, 2012. His images are always well received.

General Info

Session 1: Capturing images in the field for HDR processing.

This session will include instruction on the capturing of images for HDR processing.

You will need to bring:

• a digital camera with bracketing capabilities. You don’t necessarily need an SLR camera. If you’re not sure if your camera has bracketing capabilities consult your user manual or google.

• a tripod

• appropriate attire (non formal)

Session 2: Demonstration of the Photomatix software to convert images to HDR.

This session will be a demonstration of how easy it is, using software, to create awesome HDR images. Rob will take us through his workflow (we’ll have a projector and screen) and demonstrate the software capabilities. ***You will not be processing your own images at this workshop. In the interest of time, it will be a demonstration only.*** 

You will need to bring:

• a notepad or tablet or laptop for taking notes

• your beverage of choice (sorry not alcohol)

Van City Free Capture Photography has arranged a 25% discount for members who wish to purchase the Photomatix software. The discount code will be announced at the meetup. There is a trial version available for free.

Please note: If there is sufficient demand for this meetup a second one will be announced.

The Walk-about

Session One: Saturday, February 22, 10:30 am.

We will meet in the parking lot at Crab Park 149 E Waterfront Rd. From there we’ll find somewhere to set up. The meetup will feature discussion on the features of HDR photography as well as instruction on the technical aspects of the practice.  Everyone will have a chance to capture some images for future processing. There will be opportunity for further discussion and relaxation following the shoot.

Session Two: Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 pm.

We will meet at The Alliance For Arts And Culture. Suite 100 - 938 Howe St. at 6:15 and will conclude after two hours. ***The entrance to the venue is to the left!***

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.

The Après-Meet

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  • Andrew M

    K Fung, thanks for the link to Wojciech's blog and the extra presets. They are really cool.

    March 5, 2014

    • K F.

      You're welcome!

      March 5, 2014

  • kelly

    Thank you Kris and Rob! This was so informative. I wasn't able to make it out to Crab Park to take the photos because of the weather...is it okay to share my first attempts at HDR, even though they weren't taken in Crab Park?

    March 4, 2014

    • Rob

      Hello and thank you Kelly...yes, by all means, Kris mentioned that because of the inclement weather on the Saturday portion of our class, all attendees were welcome to post their work, regardless of the location their images were captured!

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • Marlisse

    I know the site was down yesterday. I waited till today to upload 3 pictures, but after almost 2 hours they still aren`t showing up (it said something like "loading, this may take a few minutes for them to show up" - it was the final stage of loading), though I see my name is there. Any suggestions - should I wait; or is there a way to take them down and then reload?

    February 28, 2014

    • Marlisse

      problem resolved on its own - please disregard :)

      1 · February 28, 2014

  • Marlisse

    Great workshop, very informative. It's taken the mystery voodoo out of HDR :)

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Great to hear thanks Marlisse.

      February 28, 2014

  • Heather

    Thanks Kris and Rob for organizing this workshop. It was really informative and I look forward to trying some HDR photos.

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Thanks Heather.

      February 28, 2014

  • Terri

    I didn't make it to the first session but thought that tonight was full of great information and the group was very friendly and enthusiastic

    2 · February 26, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Great to hear Terri thanks.

      February 28, 2014

  • Paul D.

    Sorry I didn't make it last night. Meetup was down when I went to check the location.

    February 28, 2014

    • Rob

      That's too bad Paul, we missed you! Kris said he had emailed everyone he expected, sorry for the mess-up...

      February 28, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Sorry Paul, my email was kinda last minute. Maybe I even missed you? It was tough as the app was kinda working but not really...

      February 28, 2014

  • Paul D.

    May we load some from other times/places? We didn't have a lot to shoot last weekend.

    February 28, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Yes please! Feel free to fill this album up with all your favorite HDR images. No limit**

      February 28, 2014

  • linda

    It was really great and I'm excited to embark on this new ( to me at least) area of picture taking:$

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Terri

    Kris I came late to the session & may have missed the discount code can u email it to me photogirl64@ hotmail.com thnks

    February 26, 2014

  • Terri

    I didn't make the first session but 2nite was gr8. Lots of new information and a friendly and interested group. Looking forward to more meet ups with this group.

    February 25, 2014

  • Natasha

    Informative. I have some experimenting to do.

    February 25, 2014

  • K F.

    For those looking for more Photomatix presets, you can download some more from Wojciech Toman, one of the developers behind Photomatix: http://hdrphotographer.blogspot.ca/2012/05/even-more-photomatix-pro-presets.html

    And some people asked me where you can rent lens to try out. Some choices locally include Beau Photo, Flashpoint, and Leo's. However, I find are higher than the online options at lensrentalscanada.com and lenslenders.com.

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Wei l.

    It is good and focused. I enjoyed it.

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • melanie m

    I am not going to be able to make it tomorrow but I can't take my name off for someone else to join for some reason. I think it's because the first meetup already happened.

    February 24, 2014

    • K F.

      You can stop by on Thursday as well.

      February 24, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Come on Thursday Melanie!

      February 25, 2014

  • Natasha

    Thanks to Kris and Rob for organising the morning. Thanks also to McKay to showing me the set-up to take the hdr shots. Look forward to seeing it all together.

    3 · February 23, 2014

  • Andrew M

    Thanks to both Chris and Rob for making this happen:)

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Rob

      You are more than welcome Andrew, it is our pleasure...see you soon!

      February 23, 2014

  • Marlisse

    To the couple who stayed with me in the parking lot near the end - thank you so much for keeping me company until my cab came when I got nervous about the man in the "rhythmically moving" sleeping bag!! (Sorry, I'm terrible with names, you said you had a 2 seater Rav). I so appreciate you taking that time, I felt much safer.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Andrew M

      Hi Marlisse

      We were happy to keep you safe!! Haha

      Cheers Linda and Andrew

      February 23, 2014

  • Wei l.

    Hi Chris: this is Wei. Thanks for teaching. I left early but went to my neighbourhood took some pictures with Av and bracket . Now I know how to set it up and it is great feeling. Thank you!

    February 23, 2014

  • Steven S

    Kris, are we going to have an album for this meetup?

    February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Hey Steven, the album should be available following the Tuesday evening event.

      February 23, 2014

    • Steven S

      Thanks Kris!

      February 23, 2014

  • Marlisse

    And thank you to Kris & Rob for setting this up and sharing your experience with this format. I'm excited to learn, and despite the weather and my own lack of prep & experience, I think I've got the makings of some promising shots!!

    February 22, 2014

    • Marlisse

      Oh good, that's awesome.
      Thank you again for loaning it to me :)

      February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      You're most welcome.

      February 23, 2014

  • Karen

    Thanks Kris for organizing this meetup! Thank you Rob for helping a newbie set up her camera. Thank you Steven for spending a bit of time with me to explain and help with my Nikon and bracketing, who knew what BKT meant? Lol.
    Kris I really appreciate your idea to pair up people that had similar cameras and experienced photographers with, not so experienced photographers...brilliant idea! Thanks.
    This should be done every time we get together in my opinion. I think photographers that have experience, love to share. No/Yes?
    See you Tuesday.
    Karen
    ps, Bill thanks for the loan of the Gorilla.

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Paul D.

    I'd suggest, Rob, that you bring images that are not from today for the lesson. Today had such a low range that it won't (I don't think) demonstrate the HDR so well. What do you think?

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Steven S

    Thank you Kris for putting together this outdoor session. Thanks for the coupon code. No more watermark! Rob, thank you for your guruness.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Kris M.

    Thanks to all who made it out today. If you didn't make it, but would still like to attend the second half, you are more than welcome to come.

    February 22, 2014

  • Wei l.

    I am here at parking lot. Of course the lot is empty and no where I can park as the lot is blocked from public access. I was late for -5 min. Please tells where should I go to find the group

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we still on?

    February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Hi Amand, yes :)

      February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great see soon

      February 22, 2014

  • Steven S

    Bring your cable release if you have one.

    February 22, 2014

  • kelly

    Kris, I am not coming out in the snow today...I've had the dog out and it's nasty out there, but will be there on Tuesday night...thank you for your effort in putting this together, believe me I know it's not always easy

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      No problem, see you Tuesday Kelly

      February 22, 2014

  • Heather

    Hi Kris. It is snowing here, so I won't make it today. I will be there for the Tues class next week.
    Too bad the weather hasn't cooperated today...thanks for putting this together.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      No problem Heather, see you on Tuesday.

      February 22, 2014

  • Brigitte

    Transportation in the snow will be the biggest challenge for me. Hopefully I am not snowed in !

    February 21, 2014

    • Brigitte

      Kris - I am so sorry that I cannot make it out in this weather...it's snowing hard in Coquitlam on my hill. I will be there Tuesday for the software part - so therefor will not release my spot as you mentioned. Thanks - I know how challenging it is to coordinate the walks :) See you Tuesday.

      February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Not a problem Brigitte, see you Tuesday.

      February 22, 2014

  • Chad

    Snow issues out in Coquitlam area :-(

    February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Chad, if you can still make the Tuesday evening event you are more than welcome to come.

      February 22, 2014

  • Kris M.

    To all planning on parking at today's event, apparently you have to pay-by-phone. If that's a problem you may want to consider parking on Alexander St.

    February 22, 2014

  • Kris M.

    Cold! Wet! Looks like snow and rain for tomorrow's event so dress accordingly. RSVP will be open last minute to allow for slots to be filled from inevitable inclement weather cancellations.

    February 21, 2014

    • Terri

      Kris. After waiting to get on the list I hate that the weather is going to prevent me from making today's event. (Snow) I will make sure to shoot some HDR ready photos. Can u confirm 3 shots 1+\1- 1EV. Is there more to consider when shooting HDR

      February 22, 2014

    • Kris M.

      As far as I know, shoot in RAW if possible. Jpeg is fine but you can get better results with RAW. See you Tuesday?

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • Candy

    The weather doesn't look great my side of town, so I'm going to cancel! Too bad so sad! :-(

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for notifying me I look forward to it

    February 22, 2014

  • Eric

    I got really sick yesterday. Thought it's gonna get better but it didn't. Sorry can't make it tomorrow

    February 21, 2014

  • Shannon L.

    I'm no longer able to make the Tuesday class so I'm giving up my spot. Some lucky person at the right place, at the right time is going to get it! :-P

    February 19, 2014

    • Marlisse

      Hi Shannon, I think I'm the lucky one who got your spot :) Sorry you aren't able to make it, though I'm really happy to be going!

      2 · February 20, 2014

  • Terri

    I'm just curious how come some people who have committed to this event are also double booked for another event the same day and same time? I think it would be fair to others if they decide and pick just one event to attend so others can book as well.

    1 · February 16, 2014

    • Kris M.

      It looks like there aren't any members double booked on this event(except those that should be ie. organizers and Rob)...Thanks for bringing it up though Terri. Due to the somewhat confusing nature of this event posting I will kindly ask members to be considerate with their RSVP to make sure they're not double booked. Thanks!

      February 18, 2014

    • Terri

      There were a couple of members signed up for the Steveston photo walk which runs the same day & time as this one. They have since updated their status and r now removed from that walk.

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • sandra

    Hi Regrettably I am unable to attend this workshop.

    I am hoping this seminar is repeated.

    February 17, 2014

  • melanie m

    Hi Kris,
    Is it possible to just attend the second part of this meetup? I am familiar with taking HDR shots. But don't know how to use the software. My work schedule has changed and I am scheduled to work that Saturday. If it is necessary to attend both - I will. Let me know. Thanks!!!
    Melanie

    February 7, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Great, see you then. How about uploading a profile pic? We'd love to see who you are!

      February 16, 2014

    • melanie m

      Yeah - there I am. Lol. I don't know why my profile wasn't showing up on this group.

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Marlisse

    I'm hoping to attend, great sounding workshop - just curious how much the Photomatix software is, as well as which version?

    February 15, 2014

    • Marlisse

      Thanks K Fung!! That's more than reasonable :)

      February 16, 2014

    • Kris M.

      I'll be making the VCFCP 25% discount code (latest version) available to ALL group members a via email during the HDR event.

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Jean

    I am very interested in this. I know the workshop is full, and I cannot come on either date anyway. Do you think that there might be any chance of a repeat? If so, I would be keen to come.

    February 16, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Hi Jean, Given the amount of interest this will certainly be a recurring event. Stay posted!

      February 16, 2014

  • Alan M.

    Hi
    I am not sure if I am signed-up for this or not .
    The "turn off" tag is a bit confusing .
    I am very keen to take part .
    Please enlighten me as to how one checks on if they are on the list ?
    Thanks .

    February 16, 2014

    • K F.

      You're currently on the wait list. Just look on the right hand side of this page. Under the "attending" list is the people who are currently signed up; under "want a spot" indicates who's currently on the wait list.

      February 16, 2014

    • Marlisse

      Hi Alan, it is a little confusing :) That means you are on the wait list. Your computer screen in that top right corner should say "This meetup is full. You're being notified about open spots". The option is to turn off the notifications . If you are registered for something, that same top section appears green and says "Your RSVP: Yes". You may also notice your picture on the right hand side down the column, in the section that says "32 want a spot". (May look a little different on a phone or tablet app).

      February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very keen to learn new technical skills

    February 7, 2014

  • Minh N.

    Interested in HDR photography

    February 5, 2014

  • Sergio R.

    maybe this is a weird question, but I'm not sure about what is "a digital camera with bracketing capabilities", actually I have 2 cameras, "Canon EOS Rebel T4i" and "Canon PowerShot SX230HS", a friend has another camera, "Canon EOS 500D", and she doesn't know neither if her camera has this function, could anyone confirm us what is it and if our cameras have it? sorry if this question is some stupid, but I'm a begginer..
    thanks a lot!!

    February 1, 2014

    • melanie m

      I have a t3i and it has this function. So your t4i for sure will. On mine it is under the second menu. It is called Expo.comp/AEB. Mine only does 3 exposures. Looking forward to this meetup!!! Try and play with the bracketing before to figure out how it works. There are a lot of tutorials online!!!

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Sergio R.

      Thanks a lot!! ;)

      February 2, 2014

  • Chris H.

    So for*this* meetup: the first session is on Saturday, February 22 at 10:30am; the second session is Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • melanie m

    This sounds amazing. How much is the software to buy? I am very interested in HDR - and hoping the software is reasonable. Thanks!!!

    January 27, 2014

    • Kris M.

      Melanie, here is a link to the free trial version. http://www.hdrsoft.co...­ --As mentioned, there will be a 25% discount available to all VCFCP members starting on February 22.

      January 27, 2014

    • melanie m

      thanks!!!

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Carissa

    Just cannot make the 2nd session that week :-(

    January 27, 2014

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