Pittsburgh at Night

Pittsburgh at Night

Tonight I am going to start going over how I take and process HDR images.  Tonight I will mostly discuss camera setup and settings and over the next couple of nights will discuss how I use Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, Oloneo, Nik, and Topaz.

To start out with, I am currently shooting with a Canon 40D.  90% of the time when I am shooting for HDR I will be using a tripod.  The exception is in a museum or someplace that tripods are forbidden.  When handholding I will drop the iso down to 400 which is about as low as I trust on my camera although that does increase noise.  On the tripod I always shoot at iso 100.  For HDR I am basically in aperature priority all the time with an aperature of F8-16, usually F8.  I have my camera set to use the 2 second timer and to autobracket at 0,  -2, and +2.  Using the timer with the 2 second delay all I have to do is hit the shutter button once and the camera will take all three pictures.  In extreme lighting situations such as inside/outside shots or bright lights at night I will also take a -4 exposure.

Tonight’s photo is from the West End Overlook in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh at Night Last Shot

Pittsburgh at Night Last Shot

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  1. Mary Lee Rinehart

    Your photographs of Pittsburgh, PA are fantastic. That’s where I was born and raised. I now live in Portland, Maine, and I miss the “Burgh” so much. I was wondering if there is any way I can obtain a few pictures of Pittsburgh that I could frame for my apartment? You are great!


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