For a few weeks now, I’ve been threatening promising to create a video to demonstrate my workflow for creating HDR images. Now I’ve finally managed to scrape one together. During the process, I learned quite a bit, and that’s also part of the reason it’s taken me so long. That, and getting some basic gear to work with my Shure SM58 mic to record my voice. Suffice it to say that I don’t recommend using the Presonus Firebox, which is what I’m using. If I find something more suitable in the future, I’ll let you know.
This video is rough. It is quite literally nothing more than a screen capture with my voice. While I investigated using products like Screenflow or Camtasia for the Mac, I haven’t bought either one yet. Both are capable products, but it takes a bit of time to learn what they can do and I just wanted to get this out already. Therefore, I simply used Quicktime on my iMac to capture the video without adding any special effects, transitions, graphics, or even a nice intro screen. That’s a shame, because I liked the intro music I found. I’ll play it for you someday.
This demo is a little over an hour long. I didn’t even realize that it took that long until it was over. Perhaps I was distracted because I was spilling my guts out regarding every decision I made. and there were some mistakes along the way which I explained and corrected. This video is what I do — warts and all. I used one of my older HDR brackets to give you an idea of what I think works and what doesn’t work when capturing your exposures. I try to point out how I’m looking through a scene to bring it to conclusion. You will also see me make mistakes that I wish I hadn’t, and perhaps that serves to show you other issues to bear in mind.
Having created this video, I’ll likely create some others to show other tools and techniques for HDR, some of my workflow, etc. For now, I’ll just stop typing and present the main feature.
Note: There are no cartoons or coming attractions.