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Richard Sisk Shares His Panorama Secrets

Top pro photographer and panorama specialist Richard Sisk is one of our favorite shooters. And, whenever he shares his secrets its a special opportunity to be able to absorb techniques and insights that took Richard years to perfect.

Check out his latest article Stand Out From The Pack! at SLR Lounge.

Know Your Camera's Bracketing Capabilities

(original article by HDR Photography)

Many digital cameras include an Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) option. When AEB is selected, the camera automatically takes three or more shots with a different exposure for each frame.

Auto Exposure Bracketing is a very useful option for taking HDR scenes. However, AEB was not really intended for HDR shots initially, but rather for ensuring that at least one of the shots will be as close to perfectly exposed as possible. This is probably why some camera models only make it possible to auto bracket three shots at a maximum of one EV step difference or even less.

HDR Images We Love

We often visit Flickr to see what's new in HDR photography. As you know by now, we're into natural HDR. So, when we do a search on "HDR Expose 3" we're often gratified to see the inspiring images created by users of our software. Here are three great examples of what's on Flickr right now. Click on the image to be taken to the photographers Flickr page.



Sankar



Piet Psch



Steve Flowers

HDR Expose 3 - Merge Key Frame Example



One of the features in HDR Expose 3 our customers tell us outperforms our competition is the Merge Key Frame feature that makes de-ghosting amazingly accurate. In this image, taken after sunset, of a young couple drinking in Half Dome at Yosemite's Glacier Point gives a great illustration. In the middle of frame of the three-frame bracket sequence the young woman on the right turned her head to look at her boyfriend. I selected a frame where she was looking at Half Dome as the key frame and Expose 3 eliminated the movement. Really neat!

The following image, also of Half Dome at sunset, shows HDR Expose 3 delivering truly natural HDR processing results.

(images by John Santoro)



HDR Expose 3 - Merge Key Frame Example



An Image We Love

The Unified Color 2014 HDR Contest received a greater number high-level images than we've seen in previous contests. Here's one by Barry Scharf that was a favorite of ours. Nice work Barry!



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Sick Of Bad HDR?

At Unified Color we've been railing agains bad, over-processed HDR images since we started the company. The high-contrast, over saturated Photomatix look is easy to spot. It's so easy to spot, that the look becomes obvious and removes most images created by it from consideration as art. We're not alone! Check "Is HDR Ruining Your Photos" in Gizmodo.

"Mastering The HDR Panorama Process Webinar" Posted For Viewing



Mastering The HDR Panorama Process Part 1: http://youtu.be/tVGgPgiBWCM

Mastering The HDR Panorama Process Part 2: http://youtu.be/Wir1UbBR5Tk

See Our New Pano Assist Feature In Action

Our new Pano Assist Batch Processing mode in HDR Expose 3 makes the time-consuming process of managing the creation of HDR panoramas faster and easier. V.P. of marketing at Unified Color John Omvik takes you through the new feature in this informative video.

Voice of the Redskins HDR Contest Honorable Mention



Our HDR Contest Honorable Mention winner Frank Herzog made a name for himself before he ever became known for photography. During his nearly four decades as a sportscaster Frank spent 25 years as the voice of the Washington Redskins football team. With his broadcasting sidekicks Hall Of Fame players Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen to support him Frank became the "voice of the Redskins" and called the plays at four Super Bowls along the way.

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