Pre-Visualize The End Result in HDR

Here is something pretty amazing and very cool to consider about HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. Once you become serious about your HDR explorations, you’ll start to pre-visualize the end-result photograph in your mind’s eye.

Your imaginary photograph will have all the details in the shadows and highlights that you see with your eyes – and more. It will look realistic or artistic - depending on which HDR option you choose. I chose artistic here, exaggerating the colors and details in the scene.

After a HDR photo session in an abandoned house with my friend Chandler (bottom photo here), I kept thinking about (envisioning) other HDR photo opportunities and possibilities.

I knew I had to so something with the piano in the house. So, I brought over one of my guitars (Yamaha 12) to the house, moved the piano, set my guitar on the floor and opened the case . . . and created a HDR image (Photomatix plus Topaz Adjust) that I envisioned.

Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of all time, was big on pre-visualization. I first read about this concept in 1978, when I was the editor of Studio Photography magazine. I have been big of it ever since then.

See this video on Ansel Adams: First Pre-visualization.

As an HDR photographer, you will be big on seeing the end-result, too. The more you shoot and process your HDR images, the clearer the pre-visualized image. How cool is that!

Oh yeah, pre-visualizing works for straight photographs, too.

For more on Photomatix and Topaz Adjust, see the Plugin Experience.

Learn HDR on my workshops.

Explore the Light,

P.S. Hey, whatta you guys think about this pre-visualizing concept: I get Scott Kelby to jam with me in this cool setting? He'd pretty darn good on keyboards, ya know.