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Night HDR Photography in the City.

HDR is reality, it is what we see every day but what isn't captured properly by our cameras. HDR we use in photography is sort of a trick to overcome limitations of current generations of cameras and display devices. Most of the new cameras have it built-in, like Canons and Nikons.

We will be moving in groups to some scenic spots, preferably without moving cars or people, in the Central area to capture HDR photos. As this is Hong Kong, we can't always avoid having people in the scene. They're everywhere.

We'll also grab some snacks and hot drinks along the way at dinner time at 8pm.

For on the spot HDR photos, it's best to capture with no moving objects. For HDR's that will be processed later, moving cars and people will be fine. You can use Photomatix or Photoshop (software) to create a beautiful HDR photo.

Here's a video from Scott Kelby to show you how:


http://youtu.be/d775fy9cdbg

Some samples shot in in the rain in Hong Kong last year:

Shot in a moving Tram

These samples were heavily processed so they look a bit surreal like a Batman movie set.

A normal HDR photo would look less surreal like these:

Awesome photo shot by a member of Dream Wanderers, Malaysia.

Shot by Nikko Tan of Dream Wanderers, Malaysia. This guy's good!

At the most basic level, an HDR photo is really just two (or three, or nine) photos taken at different exposure levels and then mashed together with software to create a better picture. Can your camera do it? Of course!

Do you need special software? Not Always.

Even the iPhone can do it.

What you need to bring:

1. Camera

2. Tripod (any cheap tripod is better than none)

3. Wide lens if you have. 

4. Remote trigger OR just use your camera delay timer.

See you guys there!



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  • ron

    Thanks for coming, everyone! We're gonna shoot again in 2 weeks. I'm planning a street shoot of wrinkled faces in Black and White.

    6 · February 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be Amazing Ron!!! (hopefully before the 4th March when I fly back).

      February 18, 2014

    • Varun A.

      Any plans for HDR Night photo session again? I really would want to do it and missed this time.

      February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meet up, got to learn about HDR photography, Ron did a great job as the host

    February 18, 2014

  • Flavia

    Thanks for sharing ..it was amazing pic ....

    February 17, 2014

  • Candy L.

    Looking forward to the next one :)

    February 17, 2014

  • Candy L.

    Ron nice job!!' very good organize

    February 17, 2014

  • Dennis

    Nice shooting with HDR! Thanks for organizing!

    February 17, 2014

  • Happykaka

    Thanks Ron for organizing!

    February 17, 2014

  • Rex

    Thanks Ron!

    February 17, 2014

  • Joe

    So much fun. Thank you Ron. Can't wait to join next events

    February 17, 2014

  • Matthew Y.

    some experts knowledge and fun tonight, thank you Ron for organizing the event

    February 17, 2014

  • Jo

    So sorry, I ended up not being able to make it!

    February 17, 2014

  • Estial S.

    I had great time today! Thanks for organizing! See you next time!

    February 16, 2014

  • Leony

    Thank you so much for the good experinced and good company..had so much fun and learn new in my camera...

    February 16, 2014

  • Leony

    This group is so fun and good to meet new nice peoples..

    February 16, 2014

  • Svester R.

    Had a Great time, got to know about HDR , will keep up to practice more ! thx Ron !

    February 16, 2014

  • Anson L.

    can I come at 6:30-7pm?

    February 16, 2014

    • ron

      Hahaaa..! No problem. See you next event then.

      February 16, 2014

    • Anson L.

      Sure, can't wait to play camera with you and other Meetup friends!

      February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where did you guys go for dinner?

    February 16, 2014

  • Chee

    Sorry, can't make it today

    February 16, 2014

  • Flavia

    sorry Ron I cant make it cuz exhausted after hiking ..... have fun

    February 16, 2014

  • Chia

    So sorry I am not feeling well, will join you guys next time thanks!!

    February 16, 2014

  • ron

    I'm here standing in front of Chloe shop.

    February 16, 2014

  • Joerg Z.

    this is a good tutorial for the topic:
    http://thehdrimage.com/shooting-the-hdr-night-cityscape/

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Varun A.

    Apologies but some work came up. Will miss this meet up.

    February 16, 2014

    • ron

      No problem Varun.

      February 16, 2014

  • Nicole

    sorry I am stuck by some stuff td so cant attend this event tonite, hope u guys all enjoy it and see u next time

    February 16, 2014

    • ron

      No problem, Nicole. See you at next event.

      February 16, 2014

  • Helen C.

    is the activity still going on as planned for this evening? it seems quite foggy

    February 16, 2014

    • ron

      Yes, it's still on. I'll be there at 5.30pm.

      February 16, 2014

  • Leony

    Do we have something to pay?

    February 15, 2014

    • Leony

      Thanks for the info.i only have nikon D5100 is that okay to use?i dont know about much on my camera except keep taking pics.

      February 15, 2014

    • ron

      Nikon 5100 is excellent for HDR, too.

      February 15, 2014

  • Stella

    February 15, 2014

  • Leony

    Do we have something to pay?

    February 15, 2014

  • Macy C.

    eos m ....is there hdr built in?

    February 9, 2014

    • Matthew Y.

      There is HDR Backlight Control mode on EOS-M, and also software that came along with the camera have HDR function as well.

      February 14, 2014

    • Macy C.

      I see. Thanks Matthew.

      February 14, 2014

  • Svester R.

    I am Beginner, would like to learn more about photography ! Will be happy to make new friends !

    February 14, 2014

  • ron

    I hope it's not as cold on Sunday. I just grabbed my camera to change a lens and it felt super cold!

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beginner

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beginner

    February 10, 2014

  • iris

    Thanks for the advice ~

    February 10, 2014

  • Isabella S.

    D90

    February 9, 2014

    • ron

      Hi Isabella. Your Nikon D90 may not have HDR built-in but it does have bracketing mode. That's the BKT button on your camera. That button makes your cam take 3 shots rapidly. One shot is over-exposed, one correctly, and one underexposed. That's what our HDR capable cameras do, too. I'll show you when we meet up.

      February 9, 2014

    • Isabella S.

      sure...thx so much

      February 9, 2014

  • ron

    Oh, and I'll bring my laptop to show you guys how to process the photos into HDR.

    February 9, 2014

  • ron

    For those not familiar with HDR photography, we have experienced members like Jorg Zobel to show you how.

    2 · February 9, 2014

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