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Walk Portfolio #007

Capture more Light Walk #3 + #4

by Bettina + Uwe Steinmueller

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What the heck do we call a "Walk Portfolio"? Please check out our first Walk Portfolio.

Note: All photos were shot with the Canon 1D Mark III, 40D, 1Ds Mark III and Nikon D300.

We combine here actually 2 walks at the workshop location. We go there even if we do not have workshops.

Here are some recent examples:

These "Walk Portfolios" are also very important for our new workshops:

     DOP HDR workshop: "Capture more Light"

These workshops actually teach how to capture scenes concentrating on exploring the local environment and not too much worrying about the current light. How that?

  • By capturing multiple bracketed frames we have in many cases the photographic material to handle even more challenging light situations.
  • The image capturing process is then complemented by post-processing techniques that allow us (and of course our students) to make the best out of this material.

When we photograph we want to enjoy the scene and capture things we like (can be even just for fun). We are not thinking about creating the "great" gallery print. This does not mean that some of the shots may not be used for more ambitious portfolios.

Walk Portfolio #007: Capture more Light Walk #3 + #4

Hooks and Window

All photos were taken 11/25 + 12/31/2007 a short walk at the workshop location ("Future Light"). We both prepare for the workshops and also enjoy the scenes.

Location: San Francisco (near "Future Light" workshop location)

Location History: Walk 3 + 4

Revisit planned: Many times

Weather: Sunshine with some harsh shades

Photographers: Bettina + Uwe Steinmueller

Walk Duration: about 2x 90 minutes net

Camera(s): Canon 1D Mark III, 40D, 1Ds Mark III and Nikon D300

Lens(es): Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR

Images Taken: No data available>500 bracketed frames (about 150 net images)

Storage needed: about 10 GB for RAW files

Time for post-processing: about 2x 3 hours for an initial portfolio

Tools uses for Editing:

  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Photomatix (Tonemapping)
  • PTLens or Kekus LensFix
  • Our own Tonality Tuning Kit 2.0 and EasyS Plus Sharpening 3.0 (yes, we use our own tools :-))
  • DOP Detail Extractor
  • Dfx Tools

Important Techniques used:

  • Highlight Recovery (read more here)
  • Merge to HDR
  • Tonemapping
  • Lens Correction
  • Perspective corrections
  • Photoshop layers

Here is our first draft of the "Capture more Light Walks #3 + #4" portfolio.

As mentioned before we will share in our workshops all the techniques we used to create these portfolios.



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