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The Valley of Abundance
Image by Stuck in Customs
Daily Photo – The Valley of Abundance
I started the day in Queenstown and decided to cut out early because it was too stormy. That was too bad, because I was really excited about going up the mountain to do the street-luge. I did it near Rotorua on the north island and had a great time.
Anyway, I was disappointed to leave, but I had a good feeling about where I was going to next towards Milford Sound. The feeling paid off, because I found this place as the sun was setting! This valley could have been more perfect, but I just don’t know how! On this one, I used my 70-200mm lens, which is typically not a lens I use a lot for landscapes. I made a little handheld video that I am going to get edited together for the newsletter crowd to see first!
Updated Camera Recommendations and Equipment List
People commonly ask me how to get an "HDR Camera" (see link for recommendations). Well, I have to tell them that there is no such thing as an "HDR Camera". But there are certain types of cameras that are better at making HDR photos than others. The secret to HDR is not really in the camera, but in the software and process. If you are new, I have all that laid out in my HDR Tutorial.
I used to recommend the Nikon D40 as a good entry-level camera, but I just can’t do it any more. Yes, you can make a decent HDR out of a single RAW file, which the D40 can certainly do, but it is not always optimal. I have organized the three categories of camera into "Good", "Better", and "Best" to make it simple for people that are just getting into the sport.
I talk to thousands of people that are new to photography (or just about to get more serious about it), and you’d be surprised how many people ask me, "So where do I get an HDR Camera?" The most important thing is that your camera can do auto-bracketing. I only know about and recommend Nikon cameras — I am just not all that familiar with Canon. Although, if you have a Canon DSLR camera, you should be just fine.
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ACR | RAW | Hard Chisel Look Tutorial
Image by wazari
This is how I get a chisel hard look on many of my pictures, when I use this kind of RAW setting, I don’t need to sharpen my image anymore, this is good enough for sharpening and get the hard and full of depth. I don’t know how to describe it but usually image that come straight from a camera without any editing done usually appear to be flat. I shoot RAW on most of my son picture.
I start my editing in ACR ( Adobe Camera RAW ) here’s the setting :-
Recovery – +100%
Fill Light – +100%
Clarity – +100%
Vibrance – +100%
Saturation – ( -96 ) you can set to -100% if you wish
( This is just a guide, you can play around )
You can play with Black and Contrast slider to your taste, your image will look weird at this stage but don’t worry, open the picture in photoshop and then open the original picture, do the editing as usual to your normal picture, after you have done it, drag the "weird" image on top of your original picture ( after edit ), set your blending mode to softlight. "Weird" picture must be on top.
There you go, very simple, if the lighting is perfect you don’t need to clean all those "halo effect" but if the lighting is not so good you need to do some masking to get rid of "halo effect", you can see a "halo effect" on the right cheek of my son there.
You can download larger version HERE for your reference.
If you do it properly, you can get a good result like THIS just be patient, perfection take time to build, just never give up, keep on pushing yourself, and maybe you can do a lot better than what I’ve done.