Light Rays

Adobe Photo Package


Topaz Labs

DXO Suite

DXO Mark

HDR Labs

HDR Efex Pro

HDR Expose


Autopano Giga




The links on the right are to various various web sits and software I find useful. In particular, check out DXO Mark and HDR Labs.

DXO Mark publishes test results of all lenses and cameras in various combinations. I check this site anytime I'm shopping for new equipment. The test results are a byproduct of the DXO software

Christian Bloch's HDR Labs website is a must for those seriously interested in HDR technolo1200pxgies, what it's used for, and where it is going. Christian is heavily involved creating scenes for major movie productions. The use of HDR techniques in movie making is awesome! To learn more, check out his two books.

The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists published in 2007 is out of print but there are still used ones for sale. In many ways, I thought it was better than the second book. Recommended.

The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists published in 2013 is a good follow up to the first book. While the second book is complete there is more background material in the first book.

I enjoyed putting this page together. It took about four days. One to put the material together. Three to figure out how to make the roll overs work without the olde soon to be deprecated Fireworks product. The Adobe Edge Animate does it now. There is much more flexibility using Animate. But learning something new is so time consuming.

Several of us took pictures of this sign. However, the high contrast bricks compete with the weathered sign. The first image is the original. The second image is a slight improvement. The third image isolated the sign and added a drop shadow. The masking was a non trivial exercise.



The need for speed! It needed a little excitement. This is too much but good for illustration. This used the Photoshop CC path blur filter.


Headed down the track trying to make some speed. The Photoshop CC path blur filter was used with layer masks.


This room had a lot of key-stoning. Two in camera ways to remove key-stoning. is to either use a very wide angle lens or a tilt shift lens. Either way, the sensor is perpendicular to the floor. The wide angle lens may require cropping. Key-stoning can also be removed as shown with obvious challenges.


I thought the old out house looked too small and lonely. So I made it larger. That still wasn't enough so I added a little fire with the render flames filter. The light rays were added on a separate layer.


The picture looked a little dark so first it was toned in Lightroom. Then it was imported into Photoshop to remove the key-stoning.


This is a fine old window. Not sure any improvement was made in Lightroom. But we added a little excitement in the last one with fire and heat rays as above.


This image could have been shot with a wider angle lens to remove the key-stoning. It was a little dark so lightened in Lightroom. There was too much key-stoning. for Lightroom. so it was completed in Photoshop.


Several different treatments were tried. The 2nd image added a Lightroom. preset. The 3rd image used the Photoshop. lens blur filter to concentrate attention to the center of the image.


Only little improvement in Lightroom. The 0hotoshop. Lens Blur filter was used to blur the background. The question of merely merely cutting out the cactus and blurring the background layer or using the lens blur filter is left as an exercise for the gently reader.


I tried to fix the sky in Lightroom. The sky was cut out in OnOne Layers to reveal a prettier sky below. I should have adjusted the foreground light to match the sky.


This time I didn't try the Lightroom. adjustment. We have two different skies in two different files.


Once again we needed a prettier sky. This happens a LOT.


We went to town on this one. This castle needs a really good sky!


All in Lightroom. This one could have used a two or three shot HDR. One image to get a good sky exposure and another to get better shadow detail.


I wasn't sure what to do with this one. The object is obviously the sign. There is a lot of surrounding clutter. So we went for broke and really made the sign stand out.


I thought this picture was taken with a fish eye lens. I took a lot of pictures that day with a 15mm rectilinear lens and straightened them up too. This one didn't need to be straightened up. I never knew there was a filter that would create the fish-eye look.


Too much keystone distortion. Tidied up in Photoshop.


This image desperately needed a sky!


It's an OK door with OK lions. But I thought it needed something extra. ,ightroom. wasn't cutting it. I recalled scenes in Ghost Busters. It's not quite as good but an interesting start


This is a cool old horse obviously used in the stage play across the street. It needed some help to emphasize the head.


This old gas station was re-purposed. I should have stopped for a cup of joe to find out more about it. But others had to go. The background was too cluttered. I could have gone with a soft blur but went over the top instead.


This is several HDR tone mappings of the old jail house. An infinite range of tone mappings can be used, from natural to far out, to suit the subject and your mood.