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Handheld HDR in Amsterdam - Lightenupandshoot Style
Hand held HDR (3 frames) of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photograph and detailed description by Dennis Van Agthoven...click read more for the full Dutch Skinny.
I met Dennis Van Agthoven during a Tag Along in Amsterdam last spring. Dennis and I shot together in total Lightenupandshoot "Dutch" Style for a few days...armed with the Backpacker Studio we hit the streets and canals of Amsterdam via bicycle. Cruisin' around on bikes looking for a cast of interesting characters to shoot is my idea of fun. This 'fly by the seat of your pants' approach to photography improves you overall game while having fun. You ask someone for a photograph, figure out an interesting lighting scenario, and shoot it ... all while communicating, directing, and being in complete control of your subject and assistant. To further top off this controlled mayhem, you have only several minutes to 'nail the shot.'
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As a whole, most Dutch photographers have a high level of sophistication in terms of style. They are proficient with gear, technique and seem to be born with a natural eye for what's in vogue. Amsterdam is one of my top 3 favorite cities to shoot: the people are cool, the city is unique with it's canals and there's an endless supply of intriguing photo moments on every corner. Perfectly laid out for the traveling photographer with a minimalist approach to gear.
While cruising Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a HDR image pop up on Dennis' page. I shot him an email and asked him about his technique, I'm new to HDR. So he shared with me in detail his "handheld HDR" technique. Here's what he wrote:
Written by Dennis Van Agthoven:
Here is the picture taken in Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.
It is taken at the library.
i will tell you the details and you can tell it in your lightenupandshoot style!
Gear: 5dmk2 / lens 24-105 /postproduction : Lightroom 4 / Nik hdr efex pro2 / Nik color efex pro 4/ Nik Dfine2
Technique: shot in manual, first tried out the right settings shutterspeed aperture en iso.
Set my menu at AEB and set one and a third stop over and the same under my normal exposure.
My start setting exposure was iso 3200 / F4 / 1/80. With the aeb setting the only thing that change is the shutterspeed.
Set my shutterdrive at multiple shots because i didn't have a tripod. Because of that setting you can fire quik three photos handheld.
The ghost reduction tool ect. of hdr efex pro will do the rest.
Postproduction: Opened the three photos in lightroom, export to hdr efex pro you can choose alot of settings.
I chose default and make my own version. export to color efexpro 4 and worked withe the bleach bypass filter, export to lightroom add a little bit of blacks, sharpness ect.
Because of the high iso i edited in dfine default setting and take a few steps back.
Export back to lightroom and added a little bit of grain to clean things up.