HDR Tutorial & Partners After the Storm

Let me start by saying that the past week has been one of the busiest of my life. It doesn’t look like it will let up until next week, either. I’m not complaining. I’m quite grateful that…

New HDR Tutorial Available for Pre-Order

Let me start by saying that the past week has been one of the busiest of my life. It doesn’t look like it will let up until next week, either. I’m not complaining. I’m quite grateful that there are things that require my attention. It’s always better to have a goal to pursue than the alternative, I think.

A big part of what has kept Michaela and me so busy is our new HDR Tutorial video series. The work is done. The files are processed. There are hours of content to knock your socks off and take your photography to the next level, if you like that sort of thing.

All that’s left is to finish exporting the humongous video files and get them uploaded to the web. In the meantime, we’ve decided to offer them up for pre-order because we’re launching a package of Photomatix Presets that’s ready to go and waiting ever-so-patiently. ETA for the HDR Tutorial download links to be sent is Wednesday.

We’re excited about this series and we feel really good about it. It’s fun to share some of the pearls of wisdom we’ve picked up during the past several years, like how to handle noise in a HDR image made from high ISO shots, which is what the photo below is. I do a full walkthrough of processing this image from Adobe Lightroom to Photomatix Pro to Adobe Photoshop.

Partners After the Storm

I honestly can’t even recall taking this picture. There are a few like that in my library and it bothers me. I don’t like that I experienced something that moved me to take a photograph but the memory of it is beyond my mind’s reach. It is, however, one of the greatest things about photography. No matter what my mind decides to file as important or throw like chaff to wind, I have the images I’ve taken to capture moments, feelings.

I can’t recall what it made me feel then but I know what it makes me feel now. The calming of a storm at the end of what appears to have been a tempestuous day balances beautifully with the warm light on Walt and Mickey. In a single, still image, the story is simple – the warmth of friendship can carry you through a storm.

Philosophical? You better believe it.

What is the point of art, if not to feel, reflect and express in tangible form the chaos bubbling inside us? To get art out of oneself is to silence the turbulent clamor within for a while. It’s not so very different from the storm clouds. Thoughts, ideas, emotions all take shape but so many of them fade before we can identify their form.

Art can be a friend. It will listen to you no matter what you have to say. It will teach you things about yourself you didn’t know. It will challenge you to grow. It will never judge or leave you. It will simply wait on you with a warm embrace to help you through an inner storm.

Can I get an amen?

Walt and Mickey Partners Statue after the storm during twilight at Disneyland

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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