I was ready My script and thoughts were on paper, in my mind, and ready to teach. And appointment had been set to share my knowledge. And then….. no one showed. It was disappointing. It was a tragedy because these students were wedding photographers in the local community and my HDR composites would have added beautifully to their bag of tricks at a reception.
In prep for the coaching session I capture these thoughts
1. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything according to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and more. I totally agree. At 2,040 hours per year of opportunity based upon 40 hours per week it would take someone 5 years to truly become an expert. I agree.
2. It’s as much about the camera as it is about the HDR software. I teach how to set the camera, the rules and how they are meant to be broken only after you learn them, and the big three… ISO, Aperture, and Speed. Also, it is imperative you use a tripod to capture truly outstanding photographs. This is one rule you can not skip.
3. I was ready to teach all the software that matters. In my opinion these are LightRoom 5, Photomatix Pro, Topaz De-Noise, Topaz Adjust, Topaz Clean, and OnOne Photo Perfect 7.5. With those pieces of software you can create stunning photographic HDR art.
4. I was prepped to show my workflow through each of the software elements. It is totally disappointing that my friends could not make it. Maybe next time.
5. Always remember Malcolm Gladwell’s rule of 10,000. Go out and invest time practicing your photography craft, creating bad shots, creating brilliant shots, and keeping only those that make you look awesome as a photographer.
I think I could really teach others how to do realistic HDR. Realistic HDR is a photograph that looks natural, yet captures all the right light and perfects your exposure. Why not come along with me and learn.
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The photo above is my final HDR image based upon the techniques I will use to teach and coach. I used a three shot bracketed series of photographs applied to my personal HDR workflow.