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Create Some Magical Photos.
29 December 2013
I have recently become impressed by the creative photographs that I have seen around the Internet and owning a Canon camera that has the ability to take bracketed photographs, I wanted to find out how to do it. (Bracketed photos are a number of photos taken of the same scene but using different exposures - for instance, a 3-shot bracketed shot would underexpose the first, correctly expose the second and over-expose the third). A search brought me to Photomatix, a software capable of creating such wonderful magical effects that I had observed on the Internet and I am more than pleased with the results.
The software will line up and layer together 3 or more bracketed shots that I load into it and then I can use adjustment to create my own high dynamic range (HDR) photograph with it...
The first one I tried for instance, was a bracketed shot of the sunset over the back of my garden. The camera was on a tripod to ensure that it didn't move between shots. I then loaded all three shots into the software - which was very easy through a small pop-up window where I selected all three that were loaded layered one on top of the other. I could then use all the various adjustments to bring out everything that I noticed with my eyes and have them show up in the picture. I wanted the Pampas Grass to show that golden reflection that the sun cast on it. Without the software, the only way to do it would be to overexpose the sun and sky to bring into view the darker objects in the shot.. Well one of the bracketed shots had done this overexposure, whilst the other two had focused more on getting the colours of the sun and sky correct whilst throwing the foreground into shadow at various degrees. The three shots were layered one on top of the other, and by making adjustment I got all the foreground and background fully visible.
There are also pre-set creative adjustments in the software where you can make your photo for instance, black and white, like a water colour, like an oil painting and many more.
A real fun application for those love creative photography. Easy for a beginner like me too!