Baseball HDR Composite


This is my recent HDR Composite. Trenton from the Lake Travis baseball team did a great job! His catcher gear for a shot like this rocks! I truly love these HDR Composites….it is becoming a favorite of mine. I thought of mass producing them, but it does take time in processing. As I type this post up…I’ll breakdown the composite and give you the equipment I have…it will be interesting to see how much it costs. This will be the first time I calculated it! Now I do not have the big time equipment as a studio or Joel Grimes. I am shooting this in a spare bedroom in my house. OK…here goes (for those that are curious)

Session time – 25 minutes (10 different poses)
Processing time – 90 minutes
Tips: The light rays are tough to handle with a mouse. I use the Wacom Intuos 5. The pen tool rocks! Cost: $349.00

Gear:
Nikon SB-700: $329.00
Lastolite Ezybox 24″: $194.00
EzyBbox Grids: $95.00
Monfrotto Stand: $70.00
Total: $688.00
(There are two of all the items above…i have grids on both sides of the subject)
Total: 2 x $688.00 = $1376.00

Beauty Dish: Lumodi 14″ – $65.00
Manfrotto Boom Stand: $150.00
Nikon SB-910: $546.00
Total: $761.00

Background: 8×10 white Freedom Cloth from Dennys Mfg. $110.00
Backdrop Stand: From Denny’s Mfg $225.00
Total: $335.00

Not including the camera. Totals are: $349.00 + $1376.00 + $761.00 + $335.00 = Grand Total $2821.00

Hope you enjoyed the rundown. I’d call this the advanced low budget set up. It works great! Now with this set up…it is more for upper body composites. For full body shots I would need bigger (longer) soft boxes. That will come in time as well. Enjoy your weekend!

Paris, France – Notre Dame (HDR)

Paris…my favorite city in the world.  Its been a long while since my last visit. Hope to be back soon.  I had an old shot before my HDR days and did a single raw conversion…then added a few textures.  I love the textured effect.  I have many people ask how to add a texture….there are a few ways depending on what software you have.  I have CS5.  Here is a quick method…

1. Open your picture in Photoshop

2. Drag your textured file on top of the photo to place the picture.

3. Transform the texture to equal the photo size

4. Click your desired Layered method from the drop down menu…I use “Overlay” 98% of the time…then may modify the fill amount (pic below is just ref)

And that is it!  A textured photo!   The shot above I added three textures and masked certain areas.  But the quick method will get you started!  Hopefully!!   have fun!