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How to get natural looking HDR photos from a single image with Capture One Pro 7 from Phase One

Photographing fall foliage using HDR techniques can be quite challenging.

Hundreds to thousands of tiny leaves and branches dance and move in even the slightest of breezes. Using a small aperture for maximum depth of field means using slow shutter speeds, potentially causing blur and additional leaf and branch movement.

Combining these multiple exposures – even with the best of ghost reduction in your favorite HDR program – can often cause errors and problems that can sometimes be seen even without zooming in. Sometimes these effects can be minimized by maxing out the ghost reduction, although at the expense of increased halo’s.

Notice the problems shown in this 100% view after I used HDR Efex Pro 2 with ghost reduction.

Notice the problems shown in this 100% view after I used my favorite HDR software – HDR Efex Pro 2 with ghost reduction.

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Fall Serenity – fall foliage along a stream in Santa Fe

This is only my second full summer here in Santa Fe, New Mexico and I have recently found a new photo playground – up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

I first scouted the area the other week, then brought our photography workshop students up there for a sunrise shoot. A few days following the photo workshop I returned to spend more time photographing.

Fall foliage and aspen trees in the Santa Fe National Forest

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Photographers be sure to read the Terms & Conditions with Photoshop & Lightroom CC from Adobe

Photographers should take notice of the Terms & Conditions regarding the recently offered Photoshop Creative Cloud and Lightroom 5 bundle they are currently offering to those who own Photoshop C3 or later.

The current offer lets you sign up to a monthly subscription for $9.99 per month if you register before December 31, 2013 and includes Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. Adobe has promised that the $9.99 is “not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013”. Many photogs are excited about this $9.99 per month BUT we need to read the Terms & Conditions because there seems to be some confusion.

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Phase One updates Capture One Pro to v7.1.4

Phase One, the company that makes the excellent Capture One Software (a Lightroom replacement) has just updated the software to version 7.1.4.

phaseoneAs to the release notes, support for new cameras and lens profiles was added, as well as stability and performance improvements.

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Vintage Coca Cola – an old soda refrigerator

I found this old Coke refrigerator next to an old wood wagon and some prickly pear cactus in Northern New Mexico near Santa Fe and Taos. In fact I photographed this with my students during a photo workshop Christine and I were teaching in Santa Fe/Taos in 2011.

While this was photographed in 2011, I didn’t process and enhance the photo until spring of 2012.

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Is Adobe still trying to screw us Photographers??

So here we are – Adobe has officially made their Photoshop Photography Program available for purchase online. If you already own Photoshop CS3 or higher you are eligible for a Creative Cloud membership for just $9.99/month that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of online storage, access to creative cloud training resources, and ongoing upgrades and discounts.

But wait till you read the fine print!

Does Adobe's new Photographer Subscription Plan now work for you? Sound off in the comments below.

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