Visiting Cinque Terre on Italian coast was on my bucket list for several years, and in the last few days, I finally managed to travel there. Did I like it? I loved it! Great vistas, fantastic panoramic hikes, picturesque narrow streets, delicious food and wine - all of that and more is there. I took plenty of still photos and several time-lapse videos as well, and I can't wait to start editing them especially as I was really lucky with the light. Today I would like to show you an (almost) unedited image from Vernazza - one of 5 towns in the Cinque Terre area. I hope you will like it!
Photomatix Pro 6 has been in the works for many months now, and today public beta has been released. It means you can finally try it out! BTW above image from Finland (as well as this photo) was rendered in Photomatix Pro 6, and I used some of the features introduced in it to get the desired result faster and easier. You can download Photomatix Pro 6 beta here: https://www.hdrsoft.com/download/beta/photomatix-pro-6-beta.php Below is the list of the main updates introduced in Photomatix Pro 6: New realistic rendering method - Tone Balancer. It's perfect for landscape and architecture work in my opinion. Since it was added, it became one of my favourite rendering methods along Contrast Optimizer. Individual colour adjustments - you can now edit each colour's (e.g. yellow [...]
I'm completely new to timelapse photography (videography?) and were experimenting with it a little bit during my last Finland tour as I thought northern lights would make a perfect subject for it. I captured several time-lapse videos and only back home I realized how many mistakes I made! Timelapse photography definitely isn't easy! But anyway I would like to share my first attempt with you. I'm aware that it isn't very good, but I firmly believe that sharing even not ideal work is part of a learning process. And besides, I think that northern lights look so much better in motion than in the static photos. I hope it will be better next time as I really enjoyed experimenting with this technique and plan to use it [...]
In Finland, I wasn't only photographing northern lights. After all, they are only visible at night, so I had a few hours spare time each day for other activities. One day I went to a reindeer farm where reindeer are prepared to pull sleighs much to tourists fun. Some of them are tamed already but some of them, like the ones in the photo below, are still wild animals. Taking photo and post-processing It probably doesn't look that way, but editing this photo was a real nightmare and challenge. Why? Because Before photo had a lot of ropes and cords with which reindeer were attached to the trees (remember - that was reindeer farm and not wilderness). And I decided to remove [...]
What about one more photo of Aurora photographed in Finland? It was really crazy one as on that night kp-number varied from 5 to a bit more than 6 meaning that virtually whole sky was dancing. And we could also enjoy a lot of colors: apart from most common green, we saw some yellow, purple and reds. Fantastic and magical spectacle that was! BTW aurora season is ending shortly in the Northern Hemisphere but if you still have a chance, make sure to make the most of it! I hope that my tutorial on photographing northern lights will help you a great deal in capturing some stunning aurora images. Also I'm sorry for a very short post (and lack of posts recently) but I'm very busy right [...]
It was very difficult for me to keep this as a secret for much longer but I'm now allowed by my company to tell you this: Photomatix Pro 6 is coming! Finally 🙂 The release date hasn't been announced yet and there is a lot of info I still can't share with you at this point (like show you how the new UI looks for instance) but I'm allowed to talk a little bit about new features that will be available in Photomatix Pro 6 😉 One of them is new rendering method. And today I would like to share HDR image edited using this brand new rendering method, called Tone Balancer, which is especially useful if you're after that natural look. It means it's perfect for [...]