My HDR Process

My HDR Process

After photographing the sunset over the Everglades this past weekend using HDR, I thought I would share my HDR process. HDR stands for high dynamic range and what it is basically is you take multiple photographs, one for the highlights, one for the shadows and a regular exposure, and then you combine them all into one photograph and have detail representation for both highlights and shadow details. HDR photography has gained popularity in the past few years and I primarily use HDR when I’m photographing sunrises and sunsets.

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The Importance of a Good Tripod and Ball Head

Ocean Drive - JC Ruiz Photography

Have you ever tried to hand held your camera in super low light trying to get a shot only to have your photos come out blurry? I bet you wish you understood the importance of a good tripod and ball head so you could have got that shot you were after. It doesn’t matter what type of photography that you do whether portrait, wildlife, landscape etc. a good tripod and ball head will help you grab those incredible images you’re after. I can’t count how many times a good tripod and ball head have saved me from blurry shots.

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Using Nik Software Filters

Bride

With rain ruining a lot of my photo shoots lately, I thought I would write a blog post about how I go about using Nik Software Filters. Like Photoshop actions or Lightroom presests, Nik Software has a suite of tools that help a photographer enhance their images. I do use some actions or presets but a lot what I use in my photographs to clean up or enhance are with Nik Software Filters.

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My Digital Workflow

digital workflow

I’ve received a couple of questions about my digital workflow as to it pertains to me touching up images; so I thought I show you how I go about touching up or editing my photos. I use Adobe Lightroom 3.0 as my main image editor. I also use plugins with Lightroom specifically the Nik Software Suite. After I achieve the look I desire for the image I then bring the photo over into Adobe Photoshop where I add some last minute touches and use the Kubota Image Tools actions to put the finishing touches on my image. I also use BlogStomp to give my images that white border I use for all the images on my blog.

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