HDR photography basics: HDR photography
Just had an article published by the great jean-Michel over at JMleclercq photography. It discussed how photographers can use the HDR technique to improve their work, bringing in a wider dynamic range than with traditional photography methods. It also includes a couple of our own HDR images which are available on the Fotoviva site printed on poster, acrylic or canvas.
Friday, 25 November 2011
I've been digging through my photo archive and found a haybale image which I really like, but had forgotten about! This one is an HDR image comprised of three separate photos with different exposures, blended together in the great HDR software that is Photomatix.
The picture has been on one of the leading royalty free stock photo sites for a while now and it's generated a fair amount of interest so I'll shortly be adding it to the Fotoviva landscape collection, available to purchase as wall art.
I'm not keen on the overly saturated and halo-esque hdr imagery that some photographers do. Personally I just find it a great way to turn a shot into something resembling how it looked. Hdr works especially well with high contrast scenes like sunsets, where you either end up with a blown out sun or no detail in the shadows. Subtlety is the key with Hdr processing as it can turn an image into a right mess!
Once the hdr image had been processed I moved the picture into Photoshop to tweak the finer detail and create what you see here. So what do you think? If you have an hdr photo gallery feel free to post your link in the comments, it's good to see other photographers work.
Posted by fotoviva at 12:20
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Finally I have got around to creating individual portfolio pages for the photographers on Fotoviva Art Prints. Mine is the first to be launched so please take a look in my Photography Portfolio Gallery
It brings in all the images I have for sale over on Fotoviva and also includes a short biography about me and my photography. Don't laugh at the photo, it will have to do until I find one better!
All my photo collection are available to buy as canvas prints which are wrapped around a chunky wooden frame and ready to hang. Also acrylic mounts are available which are a more modern alternative to canvases. These are printed on high grade artists paper and sandwiched between two sheets of acrylic panels which gives a great finish. The print is pushed away from the wall thanks to the brushed aluminium fixings in each corner.
Have a look at my images and see if there is anything that takes your fancy.
Friday, 12 June 2009
I like to explore the web and its usages and one thing I found interesting is Wordpress. As most people who blog will know, this is a blogging software that is free and easy to use and yet very powerful once you get into it.
I have several different Wordpress blogs which are hosted on certain servers but thought I would try the free hosted wordpress.com version, hence my new photoblog called karmasix.
The free version is limited in its functionality and expandability but for most people it is absolutely fine. You can add various extensions and plugins to it for a small annual fee if you want to delve a bit deeper but then you may as well just use the full package and host it yourself as hosting costs hardly anything these days.
I'm using karmasix to present some of my photographic work that I have created recently. Some of it is not what you would call standard photography as I have discovered the joys and creativity that Photoshop and textures can add to an image, bringing it into another visual dimension.
Take a look at karmasix and please feel free to make a comment on the photos I upload. It's always nice to get some feedback on artwork and another eye can point out issues which I may not have noticed when creating and uploading a picture late at night when my eyes are tired!
Thursday, 21 May 2009
If you run a business then there is no better place than the UKBF for learning things related to running a business, helping others and finding answers to questions you might have.
The forum is moderated well and there is a wealth of professionals offering free advice to everyone (and a few plugging their services) but overall it is an active, lively and thoroughly helpful forum for business owners or anyone looking to setup a business in the UK.
Many sub forums are available such as Legal, SEO & Marketing, Accounts and IT. This means no matter what your business related questions is, you are sure to find someone who knows an answer.
There are also over 45,000 members on the UKBF and whilst a proportion of those will not be active members, the forum does seem very active with many posts appearing every day. I've tried a few forums in the past but this one is one of the more helpful ones around and doesn't seem to be spammed too badly with the usual stuff! I've even ugraded my membership to the paid level which gives you even more useful resources for running a business.
Shoot over to the UKBF and see how they can help you.
Posted by fotoviva at 11:59
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Fotoviva has had a makeover for the new season which many say is a vast improvement on the already stunning looking design! The new colour scheme and tweaks here and there help to create a more focussed online gallery which is clearer and easier to use to buy your canvas wall art prints from.
We have gone for a clean, green look and added a dark background that helps to draw the eye into the main content better. The individual product pages have been revamped and now list the whole print finish and sizes together rather than in a dropdown. The homepage now features more images in the centre which helps to show the wide selection of art we have available.
There is more to come in the near future as Fotoviva expands it's range of stunning photographic art and continues to grow into the only place you need to go to buy inspiring prints as canvas wall art, acrylic mounted prints and fine-art posters.
Monday, 15 December 2008
After several years of dismissing LinkedIn requests from friends and business acquaintances I finally relented and opened a LinkedIn account to begin networking with people. If you don't have a clue what it all is have a look at my LinkedIn Profile and have a read.
LinkedIn is all about networking, mainly in business circles rather than the friendly Facebook side of things. There are no Pokes, apps or comments to waste time with, but with a little searching you will find many people you know already on LinkedIn.
Posted by fotoviva at 16:19