Not a long time ago, I posted a tutorial on my blog titled, “HDR Photography with Point and Shoot Camera”. In the tutorial, I addressed the concern of some of my readers that HDR photography can be prohibitive due to the need for expensive photo equipment. I demonstrated how you can shoot for HDR with a $300 point-and-shoot camera.
Today’s photo is the direct result of my method that I described in my tutorial, which I use very often. Normally, when I go for a run, I try to do it around sunset hours so that I can have a chance to snap a few shots with my phone (Nexus 5). I love the improved camera in my new Nexus, it allows me to take decent photos but at the same time, I understand the limitation of its tiny sensor as well as the luck of some DSLR functionalities.
When I anticipate good sunset colors during my run, I also bring my point-and-shoot Lumix LX7 with me to make sure I have an option to take multiple exposures in RAW format, when the light becomes too dynamic, and I can process them for HDR later.
To take this photo, I stopped for a second and snapped 3 bracketed shots (-2, 0, +2), hand-held and then kept running. When I got home it took me probably 10 min to process them in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop.
Here is the result.
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Camera: Lumix LX-7
Focal Length: 4.7mm (24)
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2; 0; +2)
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -2, 0, +2) used to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, basic color correction
- Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (sky, river )
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements