This week I’ve started carrying my dSLR with me in addition to the iPhone. It’s an exercise in both looking for images and tightening up my workflow process. Images do no good if they aren’t out there.
By the end of the week I’m mentally exhausted, and struggle a bit creatively. As part of the process to break through that block, I’m trying to get images on my dSLR processed in 24 hours. The iPad is proving to be a great tool. This also encourages me to play more with images I’ve tinkered with. I can go back and apply different effects.
So far I’m liking the results.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It’s a photographic technique that involves combining multiple images to boost the visual range of an image. At the extreme ends of the spectrum, it can produce hypersaturated images that border on fantasy. It’s a technique I’ve been interested in for a long time.
As I get set for a trip to Europe, I’m researching HDR. Like many post production techniques, it requires that you understand when to use it. Not every image benefits from the technique. So I’ve been fiddling with some of the HDR software in my iPhone so I can better understand when it’s going to look best.
A few weeks back my friend Kerryn took this picture with her camera phone. I saw it in my twitter feed and started playing with different filters
Original image, courtesy of Kerryn Woods. Interesting, but lacking in pop.
Adjusted in Snapseed. Boosted contrast, and upped color saturation.
Took the image from Snapseed and ran it through Dynamic Light. Now it’s getting where I like it. Notice the increased detail
Final version, run through Instagram, with application of the Lux filter. Nice borderline surreal look, and the look I wanted.
Each image will appeal to different groups. What’s important is that the end result appeals to me as the artist. I love the freedom that my iPhone is giving me to experiment and see the world differently.
I’ve been taking pictures of things since I was 5. Over the years I’ve used a variety of gear, from disposable cameras to large format 4×5 cameras. Like many photographers, the only limiting factor was the cost of developing film.
With the rise of digital imaging, that barrier dropped and once again I started experimenting. I spent several years shooting anything and everything. When I moved to Austin, the drive to create faded a bit. A few months back I upgraded to a new iPhone 4. This gave me a good camera in my pocket. Rule 1, the best camera is the one you use.
I’ve been shooting more and more. I upgraded my dSLR to the Nikon D7000 and added a few editing programs to my phone. I’m finding the urge to create art on my terms.
Photography isn’t about replicating the scene you see. It’s about capturing and communicating the moment. That can mean a very literal interpretation or it can be a fanciful romp where you show the viewer your vision.
Which vision is more “real”? Neither is a perfect vision of what I see in my minds eye. This is the beginning of a journey that never ends. How do I show you how I see the world?