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All Your Blemishes on Display
All Your Blemishes on Display for the Masses
I've been having a bad patch of luck with HDR photos lately. I've tried about a dozen in the last three months or so and seen just crappy results. I'm unsure if it was the base photos, ISO or what but this one worked. I think maybe (maayybbeee) it was the export format I sent to Photomatix. I think it likes JPGs to TIFF which is entirely counter-intuitive.

HDR portraits are a tricky business. It's really easy to make yourself look ulgy(er).

I don't have the greatest skin but I'm no longer upset by it. I am surprised how lopsided my jaw is though. I wonder how much of that is caused by growing up asymmetrical - I am scrunched in odd ways being about 5 pounds lighter on the left side.
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nidea From: nidea Date: March 1st, 2010 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You ever take a straight-on photo, split it down the middle, and then mirror the two halves separately? Most people end up with two totally different looking faces.
abmann From: abmann Date: March 1st, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did! It's right here:
Eight
nidea From: nidea Date: March 1st, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
l = more thuggish
r = more deadly serious
:)
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: March 1st, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should do that again now. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: March 1st, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if my psyche can handle the strain.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: March 1st, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me of something...

abmann From: abmann Date: March 1st, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to be your buddy, Rick. I just want some breakfast.
mysterysquid From: mysterysquid Date: March 1st, 2010 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
That came up really well.
abmann From: abmann Date: March 1st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. though it is WAY more yellow on my workstation compared to my laptop at home... darn monitor differences.
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
How do you do HDR imaging? Wants to leearrrrrnnn.
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
... I hope you don't mind me popping in and commenting on your journal... >_>
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what it is there for. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It requires some sort of photo processing software. Do you have Photoshop or Lightroom? Their more recent versions can do it. I use Photomatix which is a standalone HDR/Tone-mapping program.
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have Photoshop... Not entirely sure which version. I think it's CS2. Would that be sufficient?
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent!

Here's a great discussion and tutorial for creating HDR photos in CS2:
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/high-dynamic-range.htm

Note: You can "fake" the three exposures needed from one photo by increasing.decreasing the exposure/brightness of the base photo and saving or a copy for the overexposed and under exposed versions. It doesn't work quite as well all the time but you can play around with it sooner if you don't have the bracketed exposures right now.
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY! Time for dancing! *clicks the link*
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S.

Thanks. =)
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 4th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* Alas... I attempted to "fake it" with an old photo, but PS keeps telling me there's not enough dynamic range. I guess I'll have to wait and do it the right way. *snaps fingers*
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
This one is a little less technical, more user friendly:
http://www.backingwinds.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-create-professional-hdr-images.html
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Snazzy, thanks. =)

Am currently reading the first one. I may just have to try this out immediately. =3
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be pleased to see HDR chameleons or self portraits! Or both! At the same time!!
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny you should say that, 'cause that's exactly what I was planning!

Though the self portraits may be difficult... tripod is a definite must - no propping the camera on a tray table and a drink umbrella this time! My only sticking point is concern about changing the aperture... I couldn't take a photo of myself, run to the camera, take another, etc, etc, and still be in the same exact position/expression/etc. Probably end up having to fake it like you described.
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
What kind of camera?

You have an etsy shop, yes? I think HDR photos of your products would get you more sales, really. Though that may be "false advertising."
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Canon Digital Rebel. The first one. =P Not the best camera out there, anymore, but still capable. Poor thing... *pets it* It's getting "old."

I do have an Etsy shop! I figured I'd try it with one of my toys before I try any self portraits. You think it'd be false advertising? Hmm. I guess I'll just have to see how the photos will turn out before I'll entirely see what you mean.
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Rebel should allow auto-exposure bracketing (AEB). If you have the manual, you can look it up. otherwise, it should be hidden somewhere in the shooting/exposure settings. That way, all you need to do is click the shutter 3 times and it will get the shots for you.

Also, many cameras now can be set to take multiple shots with the self-timer. If you can do that you can set it to take three shots in a row and not need to move in order to get a bracketed self-portrait.

USA.canon.com keeps a lot of their manuals in PDF format for older cameras. You can check there for how to set up AEB and multi-shot timers.

Lastly: BOO CANON. NIKON FOREVAH.
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Iiiiinteresting... That's really handy. Oh, technology...

I'll have to read up and see what I can do. O_o

Though... If I'd read the manual in the first place I wouldn't have to do it now. *shakes head*
abmann From: abmann Date: March 3rd, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Psh. Manuals are only good for the weird shit like this. Experimentation increases knowledge WAY faster.
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: March 3rd, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too true. =)
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