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Walk Portfolio #008

SF Industrial 2008/01

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 1Ds Mark III and Nikon D3.

Here are some recent examples:

These "Walk Portfolios" are also very important for our 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 #008: SF Industrial 2008/01

Pier Building

All photos were taken 1/18/2008.

Location: San Francisco Industrial Region

Location History: We visited part of the location already two times but got this time into some very different areas.

Revisit planned: Many times (and rather sooner than later :-))

Weather: Sunshine with some harsh shades

Photographers: Bettina + Uwe Steinmueller

Walk Duration: about 120 minutes net (3 locations)

Camera(s): Canon 1Ds Mark III and Nikon D3

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

Images Taken: about 184 pictures (with 620 bracketed exposures)

Storage needed: about 12 GB for RAW files

Time for post-processing: about 10 hours for an initial portfolio

Tools uses for Editing:

  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Photomatix (Exposure Merge and 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

Important Techniques used:

  • Highlight Recovery (read more here)
  • Exposure Merging (read more)
  • Tonemapping (Detail Enhancer)
  • Lens Correction
  • Perspective corrections (we plan to publish our personal technique soon)
  • Photoshop layers

Here is our first draft of the "SF Industrial 2008/01" portfolio.

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



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