Aligning Handheld HDR Photos

Some of the images that I created were done with Photomatix Pro. Here is a great article about some of the processes that I used to get the images that you see here.

Photofocus (old site)

With HDR photography you end up with several exposures that need to be merged.  This is relatively easy when a tripods involved, but what happens when you have to shoot handheld… in low light.  Let me show you the easiest way to make a great HDR image under tough conditions.

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New England snow day

We had another day of snow here in the New England area and getting out has been both a blessing, for all the great photographs that I was able to capture, but then also the never ending shoveling and path clearing that had to be kept up to prevent everything from turning to ice.

These photographs were HDR images that were captured in my backyard. The snow covered limbs on the trees created the perfect snow scene. I also  captured the sun hitting the tops of the trees creating a warm tree top scene. I will however have to watch my rule of thirds. The image with the shed in the foreground would be better if I did not have the pool in the foreground. A good wide angle lens would have been a better option here.


In the following image I took a photograph of the mailbox and then I used the Analog EFex Pro for some vintage image manipulation. Here I applied wet plate texture for a really great effect.

Analog EFex Pro

Analog EFex Pro

Finally, all these images were photographed handheld but I would recommend a tripod if you are going to be photographing HDR images. These would eliminate the blur created by some camera shake.

Have a great day until I see you back here again.