Field Trip this Saturday

Doug FrenchIn September, we will have a three part program about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.

Part 1 – Creating HDR Exposures

We will meet at 2002 Franklin St. in Old Towne Bellevue on Saturday, September 7th at 9:00AM. We will begin by photographing the historic Presbyterian Church. It’s the oldest church in Nebraska and one of the few surviving buildings in Nebraska that shows Greek Revival architectural influence. We will also look for subject matter with a high dynamic range in Washington Park. In addition to the trees and playground equipment, the park will be hosting a farmer’s market and bazaar.  After this session, each participant will know how to create images needed for HDR assembly.

It is recommended that you know how to: set your camera for aperture priority, change the ISO, select the correct White Balance, set the lens on manual focus and adjust your camera for bracketing (check to see if you have a BKT or AEB button).

If you unsure of how to set the mentioned settings, please bring your camera manual.

Part 2 – Each participant can attempt HDR assembly at home. You will use your personal computer to download your images. You can use Photoshop, PhotoMatrix or NIK. You do not need to purchase anything; trail software can be downloaded without charge.

You may email your results to Allen or Doug before the meeting and we will place them on the club’s website.

Part 3 – On Thursday, September 19th, Doug French will present a program on HDR.

What to bring to the HDR Photo Workshop:

DSLR Camera with a wide angle lens, The widest you have will be fine.

Tripod, (cable release or wireless release) can use the timer function if no release.

Need to know how to put your camera on automatic exposure bracketing, also known as AEB.

Bring your camera manual if you cannot figure this out, so we can help you.

Initial camera settings to show up at workshop with already set on your DSLR:

F14 (F-stop or aperture) 

AV Mode or Aperture Priority 

ISO 100 or the lowest your camera will go

Large RAW file or Large JPG file (RAW is better if you have computer software to support it) 

2 second timer turned on – even when using a release 

evaluative metering 

one-shot AF (auto focus) 

Auto white balance 

Standard Picture style 

Exposure Compensation (AEB) at -2 stops / 0 stops / +2 stops

These are Canon settings / Nikon and others may call these settings something else, check your manual that came with your camera to make these settings on your camera.

To get the free software trial of Photomatix HDR software go to their website.  You will need to know if you have a 64 bit or 32 bit computer OS (operating system) on your computer.  If you do not know, their website has the info you need to know to find out.

Download photomatix HDR Trial Software from here: Also check out the FAQ section for some answers and tips for HDR photos:

See you soon.


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