Sky Painting – Am I using HDR? – Maryland Photography

Sunrises and sunsets never get old to me.  Every single sky is different.   Since showing so many sunrises and sunsets, I have been asked if I am using any sort of HDR.  Well, no, I’m not.  Am I editing to appear a little HDR?  Yes.

straight out of cameraHere is a straight out of camera image for comparison (below is the edited version)

First, you need to see the light.  You have to know what angles to shoot – I go over how to get great straight out of camera images in my book — Photography E Book Here

In PhotoShop, I do enhance a bit, as everyone should.  My camera is set to factory settings which are a touch dull.

When I edit landscapes, I simple selectively add some contrast in the midtones, but I also play in the Shadows/Highlights window in PhotoShop.  I usually make layers and adjust different areas, erasing back where I want less enhancement.  I will be showing some editing videos in the future (when I have a moment in my busy schedule to record them).  I also dodge and burn a bit to taste.  Here’s the thing.  I was a painter back in the 90s.  I have always been a painter.  I used to paint portraits and landscapes in my early years, so when I work in PhotoShop, for me, I simply paint on different layers.  That’s my process.

Years ago, I happened upon HDR software just like everyone and started to use it and wowing myself, until I realized how awful it truly looks and I backed away slowly! haha!  It’s better to not apply any editing to an entire image, but to portions only as needed – just like painting.




About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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