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HDR (Hand-Held)

Lesson 21 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

HDR (Hand-Held)

Lesson 21 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

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21. HDR (Hand-Held)

Sometimes when shooting hand held HDR comps you need to do a little "magic."
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Intro

1

Workshop Intro

03:18

Foundations

2

Gear

12:14
3

Gear - My Camera Bags

08:00
4

Mastering Camera Settings

07:41
5

Blue Hour, A How-To

10:45
6

Photos That Move Us

07:19
7

Visual Storytelling 101

07:51
8

Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

06:27
9

Keeping Your Ideas Fresh

08:31
10

Building Your Story Arc

06:44
11

Shooting More: Action Plan

02:01
12

Conveying Emotions

07:52

In the Field

13

The Assignment: Himalaya Pre-Pro

12:08
14

In the Field: The Himalaya Defender Shoot

20:29
15

The Assignment: Canon Pre-Pro

10:25
16

In the Field: Canon USA Shoot

15:06

Editing

17

Keywords & Organizing Images

06:42
18

Commercial Grading

04:47
19

Masking & Radial Filters

12:33
20

Perspective Correction

05:39
21

HDR (Hand-Held)

03:37
22

Black & White Edits

07:00
23

Before & Afters

01:33
24

Moody Grading

13:15
25

IG Export Settings

04:00
26

Web Export Settings

02:44
27

Clone Stamping & Patch Tools

05:51
28

Grading in Lightroom

06:45
29

Hand-Held Panoramas

03:41
30

Radial Filters Pt 2

02:38
31

Delivering Files to Clients

12:33
32

Archiving & Organizing Images

10:15
33

My Favorite Software

03:44

Business

34

Let's Talk Business

01:03
35

Building A Desirable Portfolio

11:17
36

How to Contact Clients

12:00
37

Prospecting: Finding Brands That Fit You

04:16
38

Getting Clients To See Our Value

10:16
39

Paid to Travel the World

14:48
40

The Art of Making Moodboards & Treatments

08:09
41

Keys To A Fulfilling Career

07:40
42

Three Things You Need To Know Before Pitching

06:19
43

Finding Your Value Proposition

08:02
44

Media Kit: A Walk Through

08:06
45

How I Built My Audience

07:46
46

Social Media Landscape

07:32
47

Module Recap

03:08

Bonus - Everything To Know About Filters

48

Do You Need Lens Filters?

09:36
49

Filters in The Field

12:40

Bonus - Find Your Path

50

Find Your Path

07:44

Bonus - How To Print Your Work

51

Why Print or Sell Photos

23:21
52

Preparing Photos for Print

06:44
53

Reviewing Major U.S Printers

06:57

Lesson Info

HDR (Hand-Held)

(light music) This episode is about handheld HDR. So misconception is that you need a tripod, et cetera to make HDRs, but I just do them on the fly. It's just much easier because I don't have to carry my tripod everywhere I go. And I can get very spontaneous photos like this one. So let me show you how to make a handheld HDR out of this. So starting with two exposures, like you saw me do in the field. Exposure one, so we've got the curve, it's decently balanced and number two, which is uber dark. So, essentially this first shot is exposed for the car for this side of the car, which is backlit. And this is shot for the sky, which was insane. Now let's make the HDR. So you select both photos. Command, select both. Right Click. Photo merge, and then we hit HDR. So, auto align, yes. If we don't do auto align, let's see what happens. Some funky things happen with the sky. Deghost is used if you've moved a lot. Or if there's been a lot of movement in the sky or whatever you were shooting b...

etween your two photos, if few minutes have passed between your two photos, then you're gonna use deghost. Just so it doesn't get blurry in those areas where time has passed like on clouds, or leaves, or whatever. So see, it's doing just a little bit here. But because I haven't, these photos were shot within a few seconds of each other, I don't need any deghost. I'm gonna always create a stack and then I shall hit merge. Right. It's merging now. Okay. So we are merged up. So the point here is that do you see how much I can play with my sky? How much information there is here? And how much I can bring out of the shadows. In a clean way. It's so crazy. I mean, yeah, obviously it looks awful but you see the extent of what you can pull out with this feature. So, if we were to do a quick edit, just for fun, bring the sky back, exposure a little higher, keep working on my whites. Do a quick guy here. Narrow down the selection of it. Just so it doesn't take the car. Work on that. Reset the sky. Whoosht. (clicking) Boom. Now I can work on the curves. Yeah. I really like this photo. We had to find a very clean part of the dunes to make it and it turned out really good, really clean. It matches the brand and still shows adventure. Now comes the question of aligning the car or the background. Might wanna align the background see what happens. Hmm, this feels better. Let's align the car then. (clicking) And boom, with really minimal edits we have a clean looking photo just with a handheld HDR.

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Ratings and Reviews

Jon
 

Not What I Was Expecting Let me just start by saying that the workshop was very good. There were lots of things that I learned and many insights I took away. Perhaps the greatest bit of wisdom imparted to me was not anything Alex said but how he approached every subject he talked about. I felt that he was talking to me as a friend, very personal and open book. This was both a blessing and a curse as the course tends to meander around and is not as structured as others I've taken. Alex's passion for the highest quality, and craftsmanship in every aspect of his business, is very evident. From the premiums he charges, to the attention to detail in client deliveries. This is where my review is going to give some hopefully constructive criticisms. For someone so focused on a premium experience I was a surprised to find the course a bit sloppily assembled, and the videography and editing lackluster. This is coming from a videographer and someone with a lot of experience in online training. A few short examples to illustrate my point include: repeating segments of the edit (in some instances the exact same segment), poor framing. Colors changing between cuts, and my biggest pet peeve, not leaving photo examples on for long enough to see them. These are all small things, but they add up, and along with the topics meandering, left me a bit disappointed. I'm curious who you would say this class is aimed towards. Amateurs, mid-level, or experts? The assumption of who you are addressing changes throughout the course. I feel like with a bit of work from an instructional designer, and some editing cleanup, you could help hone this course to be one of the best out there. I feel like I need to do a more in depth review than will fit here, to actually explain this well. Let me know if that would be helpful to you. One other note: When I signed up for a workshop on Adventure Photography, I honestly thought it would be more field focused. The field examples were all shoots for products, and not shoots documenting an adventure. I guess I had just hoped to learn that side of the storytelling process more. Getting into the nitty gritty of being wet, cold, and dirty, and still shooting bangers. The section on filters (going out and building the snow cave) was more what I thought this course was going to be. Anyhow, with all that said, I still found it valuable and worthwhile. To summarize, the course feels a bit unpolished and in some ways unfinished though there is still great value. I've taken Jimmy Chin's Masterclass on adventure photography and it felt very structured and highly polished. I purchased "Adventure Pro" on the "finish in a month" discount. I would have felt ripped off if I had paid full price with the course in its current state. Thanks for reading and I hope my criticisms come as helpful. As I've already mentioned I'd be happy to further elaborate.

Topher Hammond
 

One of the best photography investments I'm only 1/4 of the way through Alex's course and I feel like I already have a loose plan on how I can move forward in my own career as a photographer. I felt like my work was lacking a specific feeling. The way that Alex articulated ideas on how to convey emotion in your imagery and building that overarching story arc for your own life narrative were super helpful to focus on how to make my work better. Super looking forward to the rest of this course. Thanks Alex and team!

Sergi Mas de xaxars Rosell
 

Great Workshop I learned quite a lot with this workshop. Because I'm in the industry for 5 years now, there were a few things I already knew. On the other hand, Alex showed me different and more effective ways to improve my business. I like the way he gives the lessons, always in a personal and close way. This is the knowledge I wish I had when I started. Totally worth it!

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