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How do you get something to look like this?

 
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Sep 05, 2013 23:38 |  #1

http://photos.capturew​isconsin.com …1DVHkJI-3_10w/display.jpg (external link)


So, I don't get how you get a photo to look that good. I've tried a lot of exposures and F-stop settings. Does a photo have to be severly photoshopped to look like that or do photos actually naturally look like that?


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Sep 05, 2013 23:58 |  #2

HDR.


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Sep 06, 2013 00:07 |  #3

Doesn't look super HDRy to me. Likely just from one exposure with pushed shadows. In this case, the time of day looks like it plays a big role. Looks like sun is just about set (or just risen) left of the frame, AKA golden hour.


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Sep 06, 2013 00:12 |  #4

Whats HDR? Is that something you do in photoshop or in the Camera settings?


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Sep 06, 2013 00:17 |  #5

https://www.google.com …1&pws=0&q=hdr+p​hotography (external link)

Have fun.

This is IMO more golden hour than HDR.


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Sep 06, 2013 00:23 as a reply to  @ post 16272125 |  #6

My guess is HDR, then pushed reds and oranges.

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Sep 06, 2013 01:01 |  #7

the reds and oranges can be pushed via photoshop right?


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Sep 06, 2013 08:45 |  #8

Archbob wrote in post #16272110 (external link)
Whats HDR? Is that something you do in photoshop or in the Camera settings?

HDR is simply High Dynamic Range.

There is no rule of thumb as to what High Dynamic Range technically is as "high" isn't a very scientific term. I suppose one could argue that an HDR photo would be anything in which more than one exposure was used.

Many associate HDR strictly with Photomatix, which is the most widely known program that automatically blends photos together for you.

As for the photo you're inquiring about:
1.) It was shot at the right time of day, "golden hour" like pstyle mentioned.
2.)Post processing was used: Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, etc.
My guess is lightroom and some high recovery/shadow recovery was done and then the reds, oranges and yellows were all pushed a little bit (too much on the yellow for my tastes)

To get the photos you're after, you're going to have to pay attention to the light and shoot when it's at its best. 99% of the time this will be done at sunrise/sunset.
You'll also need to invest in some sort of post processing software. My suggestion is Lightroom to get started as sometimes Photoshop can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know what you're doing.

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Here is a link I like:
http://www.hougaardmal​an.com/blog/wh...wesom​e-part-1/ (external link)

It's a good starting point tutorial with blending photos manually in Photoshop.


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Sep 06, 2013 15:26 |  #9

This is something fairly simple and can be done in pretty much any software with editing capability: Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, etc...

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the reds and oranges can be pushed via photoshop right?


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Sep 06, 2013 17:26 as a reply to  @ rent's post |  #10

Get up before dawn and wait for the right light, repeat as necessary (it's not about f-stops and the like). Seriously with the right light I can see a shot like that happening without pushing reds/oranges. In fact I've had some shots like that were I had to dial back the orange becasue it looked 'overdone' and looking at the trees. I suspect it's the light in this shot becasue unless you have a very orangey light to start with you'll have to do a lot of PP to get the trees looking like that.

Obviously I don't know what was done for this shot.


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Sep 07, 2013 03:03 as a reply to  @ ejenner's post |  #11

Golden hour, and HDR lightly applied.




  
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Sep 07, 2013 03:14 |  #12

Not a fan of the photo myself, it's obviously taken while the sun was low in the sky, but its over processed for my liking, particularly the orange saturation.
It may have had some HDR rendering done or similar effects with ACR adjustments.


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Sep 07, 2013 08:07 |  #13

My guess is a graduated neutral density filter was used to balance exposure of sky with foreground. The filter would be attached to the lens and adjusted to darken just the upper part of the shot. The effect could also be accomplished with software.




  
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Sep 07, 2013 23:58 |  #14

In you guy's opinion whats the best HDR software avaible, the one contained in photoshop isn't that good in my opinion as it does not give you painterly and other options to modify after you merge.


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Sep 08, 2013 01:36 |  #15

I use both Photomatix and Nik HDREfex Pro. Photomatix gives you very fine control over every aspects of HDR while HDREfex Pro has fewer controls but also produces quite impressive results sometimes. See the link in my sig for some examples (with EXIFs and other technical data).

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In you guy's opinion whats the best HDR software avaible, the one contained in photoshop isn't that good in my opinion as it does not give you painterly and other options to modify after you merge.


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