Monthly Archives: June 2010

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A dirty cement wall with really nice depth of field. Every so often I have some time to play with Canon cameras.

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

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Apartment for sale

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

Book Recommendation: The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media

This weekend I had the pleasure to read Rosh and Lindsay’s book “The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media“. Rosh and Lindsay talk about all of the details of marketing yourself in this new media world. They talk about things as simple as a Twitter profile bio, what hashtags to use and why and even what to share on Flickr.

There are a bunch of photographers that get spotlights in the book. My friend Seshu, Chase Jarvis and so many more. There are some great infomation one each photographer, what they have done with social media.

If you are new to Social and New Media please pick up a copy of the book as it has so many wonderful insights.    Even if you’re not a photographer much of the information that Rosh and Lindsay share in the book can relate to other businesses.  You can pick up a copy of the book from Amazon for $20.

For those that do not know who Rosh Sillars is please check out his website, newmediaphotographer. Rosh is a very nice guy who loves to share his knowledge.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Scott

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A cardboard airplane and Waldo. I guess the airplane won.

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

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This beautiful stained glass is in the ceiling of a Temple that I was at for a wedding.

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

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Yesterday Melissa and I spent a relaxing day at the beach. This was my view

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

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I totally just used What The Duck and Waldo in a Project 365 photo. Does it get better?

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

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Keep your eye out for Waldo.  He may be back in the future!

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world

A Raw HDR Showdown with Photomatix and HDR PhotoStudio

Getting Started

I picked up a Promote Control recently. For those that do not know what a Promote Control is please click one of the links to read more about it. A quick summary of the Promote Control is that it is a device like a cable release that gives the ability to have complete control over a HDR photograph. In the samples you will see below I photographed the scene with 27 exposures. In this showdown I took the 27 exposures and merged them into an HDR photo in Photomatix 4.0 Beta and HDR PhotoStudio 2. The reason I call this a Raw HDR Showdown is not because I shot the photos in RAW (which I did) but because although I adjusted the tonemapping I did no post production the HDR photographs. What you see is the result I got from both softwares.

Exhibit A: Away from the sun

Exhibit A: Photomatix 4.0 Beta

Exhibit A: Photomatix 4.0 Beta

Exhibit A: HDR PhotoStudio 2

Exhibit A: HDR PhotoStudio 2

First Impressions

I have used Photomatix for many years. Every so often I get contacted from HDR software companies to try theirs. Aside from Photomatix, HDR PhotoStudio 2 is the only other HDR software that I like to use. My only problem I have with the software is how different it is from Photomatix. The tools are so different that when I open the software I get confused about what to do first. However to me the result from HDR PhotoStudio 2 is so much better than the Photomatix 4.0 Beta one. The result seems cleaner and more natural than the Photomatix photo.

Exhibit B: Into the sun

Exhibit B: Photomatix 4.0 Beta

Exhibit B: Photomatix 4.0 Beta

Exhibit B: HDR PhotoStudio 2

Exhibit B: HDR PhotoStudio 2

Second Impression

Let’s start off with something silly.  Yes Photomatix 4.0 Beta is what is it.  Beta.  But with that said it took five times for Photomatix to stop crashing in order for me to process this photo.  So with this photo shooting into the sun I was expecting some cool results which I did get.  Both photos look great in my opinion but again HDR PhotoStudio 2 looks much more natural.  A little bit of post production in Photoshop or Lightroom and this photo would be good to go in my opinion.

note: The crashing problem didn’t occur when using the stable release of Photomatix

Let’s chat

So please comment below and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear what tests you have done and see some comparison samples.

All in all

For a while now I have been compiling a comparison series on my Flickr page.  Visit the HDR Software Tests set on my Flickr to see what I have done so far.  I wish I had the time to keep up with it but unfortunately I do not.

Discounts

If you’re interested in either of the HDR softwares I do have discounts available.  You can also download free trials to see for yourself.

Photomatix Pro: 15% off using “ScottWyden15″
HDR PhotoStudio: 20% off using “scottwyden”

What is to come

If you follow my blog you would know that I have photography challenges.  Well, make sure to check back in July when I share the next challenge.  You won’t want to miss the HDR fun!

Thans for reading and happy shooting,

Scott

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While photographing clouds may seem boring to some it is actually pretty exciting.  I love to do it because every day it is a new composition and scene.

Photographed for Project 365 (292). Read about 292 here. You can also visit http//scottwyden.com/365 to view the archives.

This photo is available for sale at http://photos.scottwyden.com/project365 in a variety of sizes and print styles for your wall. All printed by Mpix, the best photo lab in the world