November 2012 Theme: HDR / by Craig Roberts

Perhaps there is no less controversial photography technique these days than over-used, over-toned and over-saturated images created with HDR. It is one of those techniques that can be very effective, if used in proper context, but can quickly become a slippery downward spiral to unmitigated disaster. That being said,  in moderation I've always appreciated the look that creatives like Calvin Hollywood use and that is the direction I wanted when I asked our family friend Jackson if I could grab some shots of him playing guitar.  My intention with the processing here was to really highlight the detail of the fabrics in his shirt and hat, the wood grain on the guitar neck, and couple that with a surreal destaurated look. 

HDR image "Guitar Slinger"
HDR image "Guitar Slinger"

This next image was a bit of a happy accident that occurred as we were setting up for the shoot above; my daughter Aislin was test fitting her Halloween costume for an upcoming party and I asked her to stand in while I set the lights. In this case I had not set my aperture properly and the initial result was a very dark/contrasty image. However a few tweaks later I had the beginnings of a great final vision, which is shared below.

HDR image "Black Widow in Training"
HDR image "Black Widow in Training"