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HDR and ColorChecker Passport – Part 1.


by eduardoangel – September 1st, 2010

This post was originally published in December 2009. I’ve just met and am getting to know Brian Matiash and since HDR photography is growing by leaps and bounds I wanted to share it with you again now.  Visit www.brianmatiash.com for more information and to see lots and lots of wonderful HDR images.  Enjoy!

by Brian Matiash

As photographers, we all have stories about how we have grown, refined, and crafted our individualized techniques, all with the goal of capturing the best picture that is within our means.  For me, it has been more of an evolution than actual growth.  It wasn’t so much building on top of what I knew as it was morphing it into something different.  It was about addressing a mental itch and experimenting with all sorts of deviations until I took my next evolutionary step in digital photography.  And that is how I found myself truly immersed in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging.

HDR has gained a lot of attention recently, almost to the point where it is becoming a mainstream term in photography.  Because your camera’s sensor is not nearly as sophisticated as your eyes are in visualizing a scene with high dynamic range (all of the transitions from the brightest highlights through to the darkest shadows), HDR helps facilitate this limitation by taking the exposure detail across several ‘bracketed’ images and brings them out via tone mapping.  It is a very remarkable processing technique, and as is the case with most good things, it can be easily abused, especially when first entering the foray of HDR imaging.

Like all evolutionary trends, I started with HDR very primordially.  I fumbled with haloes and noise.  With crazy, saturated color and blown out tones.  But with each attempt, I found myself getting closer and closer to really understanding this technique, one that truly is greater than the sum of its parts.  And with my processing style evolving, so did my eye for HDR.  It was the next step in my evolution.  No longer would I would bracket everything that found itself on the business end of my lens.  I was beginning to understand what sort of images would truly benefit from the rigors of the technique.


Left Caption: Without ColorChecker Passport White Balance or DNG Profile || Right Caption: With ColorChecker Passport White Balance or DNG Profile


Left Caption: Without ColorChecker Passport White Balance or DNG Profile || Right Caption: With ColorChecker Passport White Balance or DNG Profile

Part 2 of this article explains how applying Color Management to my workflow increases my image quality.

About the author:

Brian Matiash is a Boston-based photographer who loves to capture the many facets of urban life, most notably the architecture and street life that make up the skeleton of a city.  Brian is known for implementing the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging technique to bring out a level of supplemental reality and texture to his photos.

Brian has gained recognition for his HDR work and has been published in various media outlets including The Boston Globe, the Improper Bostonian, and various online photography journals.  He recently had a series called ‘High Dynamic Reality’ on display at the Hudson Street Gallery in Boston, MA.  He was also the Winner for the 2008 and 2009 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk for Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY, respectively.

Brian was involved in Alpha and Beta testing for the ColorChecker Passport.  It is now used as a regular part of his photography workflow, both in front of the camera and behind the computer screen, because of the improvements to image quality that it brings.

Brian currently lives in Framingham, MA with his wife, Lisa and two dogs, Zilla and Chaca.  You can see more of Brian’s work at www.brianmatiash.com.

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